A friend and I are building up commuters on a Surly cross-check frame.
Forks and headsets are installed, his turns silky smooth just like the 3 bikes I've built up before, but mine doesn't - it takes a little more effort, you can feel that there is mechanical stuff going on in there. His is a Cane Creek S3. Mine is a Ritchey Scuzzy Logic Comp.
I'm just sort of wondering if it matters. Does this just happen, and I've been spoiled in the past?
At this point it will be a bit before I can go for a ride and test it out, as I'm still building the wheels. But here's what I think I know:
- cups were pressedwith a headset press and I think fully seated
- no, I did not ream and face the head tube. I razored off the paint. It was a new frame, in the box.
- I did not get crazy and torque the heck out of the top nut
- no glaring operator errors that I can think of
- I took it apart to make sure I had all the bits in right, pretty sure I do
So I guess my questions are:
1) did I buy a POS model of headset? I just got it because it was there, and I wanted a silver one.
2) worry at this point, or just ride it and see? Will I even notice once I get it all together? Will it get better?
3) think I'll do any damage, to anything besided the headset if I just carry on? I figure if it goes to hell, I can buy a new headset and reinstall. Don't see that the head tube or fork is going to suffer.