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Steerer tube/headset diameter

Burnsey#23Burnsey#23 Posts: 29
edited July 2013 in Road buying advice
Thinking of buying a new 130mm stem to fit onto a 2012 Giant TCR Comp but unsure of steering tube/headset diameter.
Most stems online are 31.8mm, is the Giant this standard size?

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  • spanner239spanner239 Posts: 181
    31.8mm is normally the diameter of the handlebar clamp not the steerer tube. Most steerer tubes will be 1 and 1/8th of an inch or 28.6mm some are 1 and 1/4 of an inch or 31.75mm but much rarer. Just measure the inside diameter of your existing stem by taking off the top cap.
  • spanner239spanner239 Posts: 181
    It is odd the way the steerer is usually referred to in inches but the handlebar in mm's! Anybody know why?
  • Burnsey#23Burnsey#23 Posts: 29
    Cheers for the info....just found on the Paulscycles website that it has an Overdrive 2 fork steerer 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 bearings. Am I right in thinking 1 1/8 would be the right size stem clamp?
    Cheers
  • spanner239spanner239 Posts: 181
    It should be 1 1/8 at the top of the steerer 1 1/4 at the bottom, so 1 1/8 is the right size. Just measure to make sure.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    spanner239 wrote:
    It is odd the way the steerer is usually referred to in inches but the handlebar in mm's! Anybody know why?
    steerer standards have been arround inchanged for years. or pre-existed. bar diameter changes are more recent but still use imperial sizes as there base hence the xx.xmm
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