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Help Please - Gap between headset/frame ?

bilabonicbilabonic Posts: 299
edited July 2009 in Road beginners
Hi All

Just cleaned my bearings in headset and know i can not get it too fit properly ( i think)

I presume there should be no gap here as when i remove the top bearing the cap fits flush, i have a gap though when bearing inserted as in pic ?

Tried tapping it on etc but no joy ??


Specialized Epic FSR Carbon Comp


  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Check on the floor that you haven't dropped a spacer. 8)

    Like this:
    Cycling weakly
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    ...and also check that you've put the bearings back in the correct way up.

    The lower bearings usually have the chamfered edge pointing up, the upper bearings usually have this chamfered edge pointing down.

    Occasionally, the upper & lower bearing races will have different degrees of chamfered edge (ie. 36 degrees lower, 45 degrees upper) - check that these are in their correct locations.

    Dis-assemble, re-assemble & check that everything is seated correctly. :D

    ps. Normally, you'd post this in the Workshop section. :wink:
    Cycling weakly
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Are the bearings the same top and bottom?
  • bilabonicbilabonic Posts: 299
    Kept them exactly as i dismantled them. Put the stem back on hoping this would close the gap by tightening the stem bolt but no joy ????
    Specialized Epic FSR Carbon Comp
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Are the bearings right into the frame?
  • bilabonicbilabonic Posts: 299

    I did not remove the bottom bearings so this only relates th the top.

    The bearing only sits one way up and sits totally into the frame race, then i insert the top race, then the compression piece and a rubber bit then the top piece.

    As soon as the compression piece is fitted theres a gap ??
    Specialized Epic FSR Carbon Comp
  • bilabonicbilabonic Posts: 299
    Still does not look right to me ?














    Last 2 are with it all refitted
    Specialized Epic FSR Carbon Comp
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    There's the Cane Creek techy pages here:
    Click on the model you have & check the orientation & assembly order of components.

    It is possible, that a small gap should remain, so that the steerer tube does not bind against the frame? 8)
    Cycling weakly
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