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fork replacement stiffness
I've never changed a bike bike fork before but i have taken the old one off and on a couple of times with no problem. This is on a 1 inch threaded bike
I've installed the new one, but the more i tighten down the fork, the harder it gets to steer, to the point where i can hardly move it at all.
I started by taking the old fork out, keeping the bearings in the order i pulled them out in. I unscrewed the front brake. I then took off the old thing that is at the bottom of the fork steerer that needs to be pressed into the new fork. I didnt have the right equipment to press in the new one, but i took a vise and set the fork so that edge of the thing needed to be pressed in was on the edge of the vice and i used a metal pipe and a hammer to push in the thing. I made it as level as i could to the eye. I reassembled the fork. When i tighten the nut at the top of the steerer, the fork becomes very difficult to move. I haven't tighten it much beyond hand tight+ 1 turn in fear of breaking something. I've greased everything, and tried turning the bearings around. I have a feelign that the thing i pressed in isnt flat, and that this is the culprit. Let me know if pictures could help or anything else.