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Old 01-30-06, 07:00 AM   #1
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Installing Look fork

I recently bought a Look (555) frame from ebay which came with an HSC5-SL fork and integrated headset. I'm okay with the top of the head tube (it's like my Cannondale except the star nut is held in with a wedge type device); my question is between the bottom of the head tube and the fork.

There is a piece which fits in the bottom of the head tube (sort of a cup to accept the sealed bearing unit), and of course sealed bearing which seats in it. Fine. But the sealed bearing just sits directly on the fork? As I understand it, the type "L" forks have the 'fork cone' molded into the the CF. But it just looks odd to me - there is quite a gap.

Anyone have experience with these?
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Im assuming you have built up the front end and adjusted the headset. The 'fork cone' aka crown race on this fork is molded cf instead of a seperate press fit alloy piece. How much of a space is there? Its normal for there to be a bit of a gap in this design...Worry not, ride on
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^^^ Haven't built it yet - just fiddling with the pieces. From recollection the gap is about 1/4"+. I will try to post pix if that would help.
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I just came across this article which explains it: VeloNews article.
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