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Swapping roadbike fork questions...
Sorry if this topic has been hashed out but the search feature isn't working...
I just bought a new Easton EC90 SL-X fork and want to swap it out myself.
My bike currently has an alloy steerer tube cut to 230mm. It uses a star nut, bolt, traditional stem cap and Cane Creek IS-2 threadless headset. My frame uses integrated type fork.
The new fork has an uncut 300mm carbon steerer tube. I want to cut it so that it is the same size as my existing steerer tube heigth and use the same amount of spacers (approximately 27mm).
My questions are these:
1. How difficult will this swap be? I enjoy learning how to work on my own stuff. I'm a mechanical engineer so I have no problems understanding how/why something works when looking at it. However, I have never done this kind of swap before and I'm just wondering what the steps are (I don't want to mess up my brand new expensive fork!)
2. Is there a better way to secure the stem cap bolt any other way than using a star nut? I've heard that these will cut into a carbon steerer tube and are not recommended.
3. Can I use my existing headset or will I need to purchase a new one?
Any help is genuinely appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by ZXiMan; 12-16-07 at 10:30 PM.