handlebar flex- is this right?

Rudd Posts: 264
edited July 2007 in Road beginners
Hello all,

I have noticied there is some give in my handlebars and am worried if this ok. If I stand with my knee holding the front wheel (looking back at the bike) there is a definate flex when I move the handlebars left to right- is this normal? if not how do I sort it.

Many thanks


  • Bronzie
    Bronzie Posts: 4,927
    My bars will flex a couple of cm either way when held as you describe - it's flex in the carbon forks / carbon steerer tube / stem (but very little in the bars themselves). Carbon forks/steerer will flex more than alloy or steel forks.

    So it's probably nothing to worry about, but if there's much more than a couple of cm flex, get your bike shop to check your forks.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    As said, this is relatively normal - provided you don't get any unusual creaking or cracking noises, nothing to worry out and little you can do apart from getting a stiffer fork.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • sibx
    sibx Posts: 102
    I had a funny 'cracking' noise develop over the past week. Took it into the shop and they worked out it was the top spacer on the fork that needed a little grease putting on it to stop it grinding/moving harshly against the stem below it. I would never have thought of that!
  • Rudd
    Rudd Posts: 264
    thanks all, that reassuring. Am I right in thinking that the allen key shouldn't be too tight at the top of the headset?
  • Bronzie
    Bronzie Posts: 4,927
    Presuming you have a threadless headset (most common on new bikes), read the Park Tools guide to threadless headset adjustment: