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Specialized headtube / bearing problem
I was recently given an '05 Specialized Transition frame from a friend. He told me if I can fix it or get it fixed I can have it.
Here is the problem. In attempting to remove the headset he blew apart both the top and bottom bearings. Leaving just the outer race stuck in the headtube. This frame uses the Mindset headset from Specialized.
He then tried to cut the race out. The pictures below show the results. He managed to get a small chunk of the race out.
I was doing some research and came across this thread. http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-267183.html
From this I understand that the black cups under the bearing can be removed and then a Cane Creek headset can be used.
So, first would a Specialized dealer or other shop mechanic be able to pull the bearing race(s) that are stuck out and the black cups underneath?
If not, could I continue to cut and try to cut into the race and into the black cup to get those to come out? When my friend was trying to cut out the race he didn't know the black cup was removable so he was trying to get the race to separate from that. Since I don't need the black cup, I think cutting right through the race without regard to the black cup (but still being careful of the headtube) will allow them to be taken out.