Hi- I'm in the process of getting parts for a new road bike. So far frame, headset (Chris King) and a Nashbar threadless fork 1 1/8. Today I placed the baseplate on the fork and noticed it doesn't go to the base of the fork - see photo. About 3mm if I were to guess. This doesn't seem correct.
I get the impression I need a bike shop to mount this?
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Crown races (aka base plates for cartridge bearing headsets) are usually a drive fit to seat them on the fork. A few cartridge bearing headsets (some FSA's for example) come with split crown races that can be installed by hand.