tightening canecreek threadless headset with cf stem & fork
sorry for the newbie question but i'm stumped right now. i just noticed my headset is loose and there's a noticeable play. i followed the parktool diy but i couldn't seem to tighten the headset and remove the play. i noticed a gap in the head (pls see pic) where you tighten the stem bolt. should there be no gap there? any help/advice is greatly appreciated. also, did i label the parts correctly? thanks.
If your steerer tube looks like the one on the pic above, then no. If it is above, then yes, it's an easy way to fix it without cutting the tube. You can also put it below the stem on the other spacers. Just remember this will raise your bars slightly.
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The first photo, where the steerer tube sticks up above the stem, will guarantee you can't adjust the headset properly. You MUST have the steerer BELOW the stem top or you must add a spacer ABOVE the stem to allow the top cap to clear the steerer tube.
Keep in mind what you are trying to do. You want to be able to pull the steerer tube upward to remove play. If the top cap is already sitting on the steerer tube, nothing can move.
ok, i opened the stem cap and found out the steerer tube was below the stem as it should be. it looked like the cap is the one that's too long that's why it's sticking out.
so will adding a spacer still remedy this?
Loosen up the STEM BOLTS (on the back side of the stem) and grab the stem with your hand and twist it side to side while holding the wheel to make sure nothing is binding. Now center the stem and tighten up the bolt in the center of the cap on top of the stem (covering the steerer tube). Do not tighten too much, just snug it down until the play is removed from the headset. To check this, grab the front brake and rock the bike front to back; tighten the headset until the play is gone. After you get the play out, retighten the stem bolts.
If you do not understand what I'm saying, take your bike to the LBS and pay them.
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