Bicycle Mechanics - U.S.E. Ring-Go-Star
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09-06-06, 07:00 PM
Are these things any good? They're supposed to eliminate the need for a star-fangled nut.
Could I use one on a road bike? I don't see why not, but I keep finding it listed with MTB stuff.
09-07-06, 06:19 AM
It has two limitations:1) it only comes in 1-1/8" and 2) it adds 12 mm to the stack height so you need to have at least that much in the way of spacers that can be removed.
I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work on a road bike. It is basically a variable height spacer and the concept is good if done right. Easton provides a similar concept adjuster called the "Bear Trap" with it's carbon forks and it has been a dismal failure. Do a search for "Bear Trap" and you will get a detailed list of it's problems. I haven't heard any complaints about the Ring-Go-Star so maybe USE doesn't have the same defects.
10-16-09, 08:28 AM
I've been using the U.S.E Ring-Go-Stars on my road bikes for years! They work great and save up to 25 grams versus other more typical star nut or insert type designs. Easton makes a similar design, the EA-HSA Headset adjustor. I never tried the Easton design. The Ring-Go-Star seems to be a "weight Weenie" secret, and you don't seem to find them for sale in bike shops or online.
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