Help with headset & forks please

cij28 Posts: 1,272
edited March 2018 in Workshop
Hi All

I just had my lbs press a Ritchey WCS external headset into a Lynskey Titanium frame.

All good with the headset.

I already had some Ritchey Comp Carbon forks going spare and when I got the frame home I tried to fit the forks.

The steerer tube just above the crown has a lip and the lip won’t pass through the lower bearing cup.

The bearing passes fine as I removed it from the bottom cup and placed on steerer tube so it’s not the bearing it must be the cup that’s too narrow.

Should I just get new forks or try to sand the lip down so steerer will pass through the headset?

Thanks in advance



  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    Sure it's not the old crown race still on the forks?
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  • cij28
    cij28 Posts: 1,272
    No def not the crown race
  • cij28
    cij28 Posts: 1,272
    It’s the slight lip above the crown race that won’t pass through the headset cup.

    Never had this before will have to change the headset I guess.

    Weird as both headset and forks are Ritchey!
  • sandyballs
    sandyballs Posts: 577
    Are the top and bottom cups the same, could they have pressed them the wrong way around?
  • cij28
    cij28 Posts: 1,272
    Correct cups pressed into correct positions.

    It’s very strange!

    Sending the headset back and will get a Chris King or Hope instead!
  • Vino'sGhost
    Vino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    How can that be?

    The bearing passes down the steerer and sits on the crown, but the steerer wont go into the head tube through the same bearing when the hole is the same?

    Ffs dont grind your steerer tube.
  • cij28
    cij28 Posts: 1,272
    Never said it didn’t fit through bearing it’s the cup and I didn’t ever suggest grinding the steerer tube either??

    Anyway hope headset fitted today and all is good so it was an issue with the Ritchey headset not fitting!