Bicycle Mechanics - Crown Race on Carbon fork
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02-25-11, 07:54 AM
how do you install a crown race on a carbon fork? without setting it on the dropouts and hammering it on?... should it straddle it on a piece of 3/4" plywood on the crown? don't want to crack the fork...
02-25-11, 08:35 AM
Hold it in your hands or between your legs. If the fork crown is CF it shouldn't take much force to set the race. If the crown is Al it could take a little more but not much. I set mine with PVC pipe, coupler, or joint that fits the race. Didn't need to bring out the BFH.
Use a tubular slide hammer. Hold the fork in one hand and the slide hammer in the other and bring them together a few times. There's enough inertia in the fork to do the job. If the race is too tight, you can clamp the slide hammer in a vise and bang the fork up and down.
At no time do you want to hammer on the crown with the fork tips supported.
02-25-11, 11:03 AM
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