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Forks tube slightly too short - is it safe?

scrumpydavescrumpydave Posts: 143
edited March 2012 in MTB workshop & tech
I've just finished building up a frame for my mrs. Very pleased with the results.

One slight problem - forks tube length is a smidgin too short. I measured it up and thought it would be just OK but the ring that sits at the bottom (just above where the forks split) won't quite go all the way down. This doesn't seem to be a problem but I've lost some length at the top.

With the stem on there is around 1cm of space between the top cap and the fork tube. This means only one of the stem nuts is really binding and the other is not. The forks feel very secure, but I'm worried about the nut which is not gripping anything.

Should I be worried, and if so is there anything I can do about it?
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