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headset / fork movement

Postby hannos » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:21 pm

My bike has a little bit of play in the headset.
It seems to move a tiny bit inside the frame where the fork goes through. If I hold the frame I can wobble the forks inside the headset a bit.

Does that even make sense? (Not sure how to explain it)


I'm assuming I'm needing some new bearings for it?
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by BNA » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:31 pm

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Re: headset / fork movement

Postby bychosis » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:31 pm

Might just neeed adjusting. If it is still turning smoothly adjustment is more likely.
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Re: headset / fork movement

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:40 pm

What he said. Sheldon or the choob for advice. :wink:
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Re: headset / fork movement

Postby hannos » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:01 pm

OK so I followed the advice in this video
This information corresponds with what is in Zinn & the art of road bike maintenance.

I still seem to have some play when I hold the brake and rock the bike forwarsd and back.

Any other suggestions???

do I pull the entire thing apart, clean and re-grease it??
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Re: headset / fork movement

Postby Nobody » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:31 pm

Take your top cap off and make sure the combination of stem and spacers is higher than the steerer tube by at least 3mm. If < 3mm you'll end up just tightening the top cap into the steerer (bottoming out) rather than pulling the steerer up while pushing the spacer stack & stem down toward the head tube. See from time 05:40 on video below.

http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Instal ... t-66769459
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Re: headset / fork movement

Postby hannos » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:07 pm

took the entire thing apart, re-greased and put it back together.

Tightened it all up and the movement was *almost* gone. Gave it a tiny bit more tightening and Presto! No more movement :)

and yes, there's heaps of space between the top spacer and the steerer tube
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Re: headset / fork movement

Postby gururug » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:53 am

Sounds like something is a bit out of shape. Keep a close eye on it. Frequent re-tightening will extend it's life but potentially damage the head tube.
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