Join Date: Oct 2006
Bikes: 2004 Giant TCR 2 Composite
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The shiny part is the compression plug inside.... the steerer tube is all carbon. Steerer tube is definetly cut from original but i could potentially cut a bit more off.... I have to see how it feels with the handlebars being lower. At the moment everything is properly spaced... but who knows how it was with the original owner or whoever worked on it. He has told me he never knew about it but I also know that this wasnt done by me cause it was there the first time I ever took the compression cap off. I've had the bike since June so I don't see a reason for him to deny unless he is saving face.
The idea of the cap doing that sounds kinda bizzare.... even if the pressure isnt distributed evenly you got to have some insane amount of pressure to do it.... probably more than it would take the stem clamp to do damage. Plus the only warnings I've heard from overtightning the compression cap is the effect it would have on the bearings in the headset.... so go figure.
Could the steerer tube be potentially defective? It's just so wierd how an almost even layer if sticking away. The pics here show how another guy screwed his up from not having the set-up done properly in the first place and overtightning it... the damage looks completely different from mine.
And still no response from Ritchey.
This kinda re-enforces for me the importance of a torque wrench for anything carbon.... so now I'm paranoid and won't touch anything until I get one... not that I did much before, I've really only adjusted the seat tube brace, the stem, and installed bottle cages.