Light Makes Right
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Green Mountain, Colorado
Bikes: Gianni Motta Criterium, Dean Hardtail
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Dragging head set
I'm building up a new bike and have a bit of an issue with my old headset. It's a Ritchey WCS mointain headset about 1.5 years old. Broke my frame so I'm transferring all my old parts on to the new frame. Bearings were clean and smooth and though sealed seemed to have plenty of grease in them. Headset doesn't have many miles on it at all - I don't get out as much as I should!
Took the two frames down to the LBS and had them swap the cups into the new frame. They didn't mark the cups and the bottom cup went in at 90deg from where it was (I can tell by the logo position), top cup no way to tell. Didn't reckon it would make any difference.
Took it home, installed my fork and stem. The problem now is that when I turn the bars to the left (which would've been backwards on the bottom cup the way it was positioned before) it drags a bit. Not the grinding feel you get with bad bearings but like something is rubbing. When I turn the bars to the right (which would've been forward with the old lower cup position) they're free and smooth.
I checked to make sure everything was seating correctly, lined up, played with the preload, etc. Everything looks good. Visually looks like everything is lining up well and the cups appear to be fully and evenly seated.
Anybody see anything like this before? Any ideas what's going on with this thing?