Headset spacers

Baxter22
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Headset spacers

Postby Baxter22 » Wed May 21, 2014 2:30 pm

I just bought a frame off cyclingdeal and it doesnt look like it has any additional spacers with the headset on a threadless fork.
Should I bother getting some for cosmetic reasons or are they beneficial to have? Perhaps I should just live with it?

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HappyHumber
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Re: Headset spacers

Postby HappyHumber » Wed May 21, 2014 4:25 pm

they're needed to help keep your stem from flopping around.
The amount you need depends on how much your steerer tube protudes from the head set/how tall the steerer end of your stem is.

They're not usually included with the frame, as every build is different in terms of how many required. Some may 5+ some may have none. They can be made up of any number of smaller, narrow ones or a single one cut to the right lenghth from the right diameter tubing.
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Re: Headset spacers

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KGB
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Re: Headset spacers

Postby KGB » Wed May 21, 2014 8:27 pm

Slam it.

Seriously though, grab a few off ebay or deal extreme or something. A five pack of varied sizes will be pretty cheap. If you want them soon, just go to your LBS.

Sometimes you need at least a 5mm spacer under the stem (eg preventing angled stems touching oversized head tubes) and apparently its good practice to have a 5mm spacer above the stem too - this allows you to leave the steerer slightly longer to make sure you have max clamping area for the stem.
I do neither of those and have mine completely slammed, haha.
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