Sorry this is a cross post, but I really need some assistance with a headset installation. I posted this previously but didn't get much response, so I thought I'd try again with actual photos of the situation. Headset is a Cane Creek S-2. Fork is a Reynolds Ouzo Pro. Both 1".
When assembling the headset I can't get the compression ring to slide down far enough for the top lip of the compression ring to contact the upper surface of the cartridge bearing. Apparently, the diameter of the steerer tube is just wide enough to expand the compression ring and not allow it to fit between the bearing and the steerer.
As you can see in the following two photos, the compression ring only slides down far enough to get the top lip about 3mm away from the bearing.
When I slide on the bearing cap, it sits higher than I would think it should because of the compression ring sticking up.
I have Cane Creek headsets on three other bikes and have not run into this issue. On those bikes, the lip of the compression ring slides all the way down so that its beveled edge fits into the bevel of the bearing. The photo below shows how the compression ring would fit onto the bearing if the steerer wasn't expanding it.
So, is this normal, or is there a problem here?