My wife has a Trek 5500 2001 or 2002 with a Cane Creek S6 headset.
During a ride she was saying the steering was tight. After the standard headset test (front brake, move fore and aft) it was wobblin.
I could not get it tight enough to stop that rocking and lose enough to steer easily.
Get home and pull fork...the bottom bearings are clearly shot.
The big question is;
Is the bottom cup removed from the headtube on these 5200? Because it sure looks like it's all molded in there when looking down from the top. There is no defined ledge for the cup removal tool to attach to.
Is the top cup removed and replaced? It on the other hand has a defined ledge and could easily be removed.
...or, can you just buy bearings and pop them in and be on your way?
The S6 comes complete with the top and bottom cups/bearings/race (I think) and is only $35, so I'm not sweating it, I just want to know so my wife doesn't get hosed at the lbs.
...and, if it's just a matter of replacing the bearings then I can do that at home...I don't have the cup removal or press in tools though.
Edit: I went to Cane Creeks website and looked at the exploded view of the S6. My wife's bike is missing the bottom crown race and lower seal, which would explain the trashed lower bearings and not being able to tighten. She said she took it in a couple years ago and had it fixed at some bike shop (way to go).
So, I'm thinking I'll just replace bearings and seals and lower crown race???