Chris King headset - exposed fork 'shoulder'

prb007
prb007 Posts: 703
edited April 2011 in Workshop
Just stumped up £85 for a gorgeous pewter Chris King Sotto Voce headset
and upon collection from my LBS, after fitting, noticed that the crown of the fork is exposed
around the 'shoulders' of the fork.
What is the 'standard' diameter (if any) of a road bike fork crown?
Is there an adaptor available to hide this?
Will post pic if no-one understands wtf I'm on about! :wink:
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Comments

  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Your fork is likely to be designed for an 'integrated' headtube which are typically 52mm in diameter. AFAIK there isn't anything you can do to 'hide' it - it's purely aesthetic and doesn't affect fit or function.
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  • thel33ter
    thel33ter Posts: 2,684
    I've got that problem in my Trek, nothing you can do about it, CK's are quite skinny headsets too.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
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  • prb007
    prb007 Posts: 703
    Monty Dog wrote:
    Your fork is likely to be designed for an 'integrated' headtube which are typically 52mm in diameter. AFAIK there isn't anything you can do to 'hide' it - it's purely aesthetic and doesn't affect fit or function.

    fit?
    function?
    what about form, man! :wink:
    gutted tbh to spend that much on a 'dream' piece
    of kit and have it look like a dog's dinner :oops:

    anyone got any CF (non-integrated) forks for a swap/for sale?
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    Orange Alpine 160 for Afan,Alps & dodging trees
    Singlespeed Planet X Kaffenback for dodging potholes
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  • Is the gap between the bottom of the crown race (base plate) and the crown race seat on the forks?

    This is my understanding from your description.

    If the answer is "yes" then the crown race has not been installed correctly.

    It would be helpful if you posted a photograph.

    Roger
  • bilsea159
    bilsea159 Posts: 256
    Sorry to hijack this post but I have the same problem with an fsa headset on CSN blackstorm forks into a ribble audax frame, the bottom ring of the headset goes so far down but as the shoulder of the fork is wider in diameter than the steerer it stops, leaving a gap between this point and the forks although the headset works correctly. I was thinking of taking the bike to a LBS if there is a need to seat the headset, I do not know what to do myself as I do not want to damage the ring.
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    If the forks are of the Integrated headset design then when used on a frame with a "conventional" External headset then you will see a shoulder of the fork as the fork crown is designed to be wider to match the wider headtube dimensions.
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