Low profile top cap

landdnl
landdnl Posts: 64
edited April 2014 in Road general
I'm looking for a low profile top cap for my Pro Stealth EVO handlebars. It doesn't have to be strong enough to cinch down the headset/bars, because that's already done. It's just a distraction for me every time I get on my bike and see this nub sticking out. I did have have 5mm of spacers up top under the cap(full carbon fork), but I did away with those when I did the final fork length cut. It was still a distraction! I know I'm being picky, but these bars would look so much better with with a low pofile cap. I have a Ritchey WCS and Pro top cap, but I still have too much sticking out. My Enve cap I tried was better, but not good enough. I used a new very fine tooth hack saw with a carbon steerer cutting guide and used very fine sandpaper to clean it up. I even used a 10x magnifier to verify the cut was not really damaging the fibers. I'm using a Enve expander, so I get an even amount of force around the inside perimeter of steering tube. I'm just explaining the prep work before somebody says you can't do that, you have to have 5mm of steerer above the bars for carbon forks. I guess I can look at some of the weight weenie manufacturers, but I was hoping to find something more mainstream like FSA.

Comments

  • muso_stu
    muso_stu Posts: 74
    I bought this top cap with expander this week- only a fiver:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/kore ... prod108582

    The top cap allows about 1-2mm of steerer tube to sit inside it. In my case, I still have a few spacers above the stem, though, since I don't want to cut down the steerer anymore in case I sell it eventually.

    Don't know if that's any better than what you've already tried!
  • landdnl
    landdnl Posts: 64
    Well, it definitely looks like it would be better. My caps are over 2mm above the stem. When you have one piece bar/stem it is definitely distracting.
  • An MTZoom top cap may suit you. I have only the thickness of the top cap (~1mm) above the top of the stem although that does mean the steerer has to be below the top of the stem by a couple of millimetres.

    I sprayed mine black to get rid of the garish writing.
  • landdnl
    landdnl Posts: 64
    That's exactly what I'm looking for. Not completely flat, but just a little convex on top. That garish writing my work on my bike(black on white bars. Thanks.
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    muso_stu wrote:
    I bought this top cap with expander this week- only a fiver:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/kore ... prod108582

    The top cap allows about 1-2mm of steerer tube to sit inside it. In my case, I still have a few spacers above the stem, though, since I don't want to cut down the steerer anymore in case I sell it eventually.

    Don't know if that's any better than what you've already tried!


    Best not ride it at all then as the wear on the chain, sprockets, wheels, tyres, etc will also devalue it.

    I think its a great idea to not have your bike sorted in case one day you may sell it and it means that all the time you have it (which may be forever as you may never sell it) you've got all these spacers on top of your stem looking jack.

    Chapeau.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    muso_stu wrote:
    I bought this top cap with expander this week- only a fiver:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/kore ... prod108582

    The top cap allows about 1-2mm of steerer tube to sit inside it. In my case, I still have a few spacers above the stem, though, since I don't want to cut down the steerer anymore in case I sell it eventually.

    Don't know if that's any better than what you've already tried!


    Best not ride it at all then as the wear on the chain, sprockets, wheels, tyres, etc will also devalue it.

    I think its a great idea to not have your bike sorted in case one day you may sell it and it means that all the time you have it (which may be forever as you may never sell it) you've got all these spacers on top of your stem looking jack.

    Chapeau.

    National Sarcasm day is it?! :lol:
    Faster than a tent.......
  • arran77
    arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Rolf F wrote:
    muso_stu wrote:
    I bought this top cap with expander this week- only a fiver:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/kore ... prod108582

    The top cap allows about 1-2mm of steerer tube to sit inside it. In my case, I still have a few spacers above the stem, though, since I don't want to cut down the steerer anymore in case I sell it eventually.

    Don't know if that's any better than what you've already tried!


    Best not ride it at all then as the wear on the chain, sprockets, wheels, tyres, etc will also devalue it.

    I think its a great idea to not have your bike sorted in case one day you may sell it and it means that all the time you have it (which may be forever as you may never sell it) you've got all these spacers on top of your stem looking jack.

    Chapeau.

    National Sarcasm day is it?! :lol:

    Nah, it's his time of the month :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,306
    landdnl wrote:
    Well, it definitely looks like it would be better. My caps are over 2mm above the stem. When you have one piece bar/stem it is definitely distracting.
    Well if it is national sarcasm day maybe Froome isn't looking at stems in these, but is distracted by his top cap.
  • How about a custom top cap? Maybe you can etch something with to stop you getting fed-up with stem gazing :D

    www.kapz.co.uk