Headset wobble??

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Joel Rose, Mar 28, 2003.

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  1. Joel Rose

    Joel Rose Guest

    Hello,

    After my first ride on my new bike I noticed a wobble in the headset/stem area. It is a Colnago
    threadless headset with a Colnago ITM stem and 2 spacers between the stem and the headset onto a
    Flash fork. The stem does not fit flush onto the headset and the "sleeve" inside the stem bracket
    that slides onto the fork tube actually is shaped with an angle on it. Now I have this wobble and
    nothing fits perfectly flush! The LBS tried to adjust this problem but after really cranking the
    center bolt tight, then the steering was too tight. So I tried to loosen it off so that the steering
    isn't so stiff and now the wobble is back. I am really miffed and I feel I am becoming a pain to the
    shop. But I don't think the entire steering mechanism should wobble??? Sorry for the long post but
    any advice or opinions would be appreciated.

    Joel Rose
     
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  2. Ted Bennett

    Ted Bennett Guest

    Joel, you had better fix this. It's potentially dangerous and can damage your headset.

    First, you need a better shop, one that knows how to do basic service.

    Better yet, learn how to do it yourself. There is good info at Sheldon Brown's website.

    The center bolt adjusts the headset bearings, and the adjustment is held by tightening the stem's
    pinchbolts so that it cannot move on the steerer tube.

    > After my first ride on my new bike I noticed a wobble in the headset/stem area. It is a Colnago
    > threadless headset with a Colnago ITM stem and 2 spacers between the stem and the headset onto a
    > Flash fork. The stem does not fit flush onto the headset and the "sleeve" inside the stem bracket
    > that slides onto the fork tube actually is shaped with an angle on it. Now I have this wobble and
    > nothing fits perfectly flush! The LBS tried to adjust this problem but after really cranking the
    > center bolt tight, then the steering was too tight. So I tried to loosen it off so that the
    > steering isn't so stiff and now the wobble is back. I am really miffed and I feel I am becoming a
    > pain to the shop. But I don't think the entire steering mechanism should wobble??? Sorry for the
    > long post but any advice or opinions would be appreciated.
    >
    > Joel Rose

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    Ted Bennett Portland OR
     
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