Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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For a steel or Al steerer, a starnut and bolt are lighter and cheaper. For almost all carbon steerers, a starnut is absolutely not to be used and a compression plug is essential.
The construction of the Cannondale forks and topcap that allow a starnut to be used in a carbon steerer is not the norm and their topcap is a special design with a reinforcing sleeve. They even specify NOT to use a spacer above the stem due to this design. Most other carbon steerer benefit from a small spacer above the stem so Cannondale has a very different set-up. You can't follow their recommendations with any other fork.
Last edited by HillRider; 12-27-07 at 12:25 PM.