Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: SW Ohio
Bikes: Puch Marco Polo, Saint Tropez, Masi Gran Criterium
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How tight can I make the tension on my Cane Creek Aheadset?
I have a Flyte SRS-3 with a Cane Creek threadless Aheadset. I am using a Reynolds Ouzo Pro full carbon fork. The cartridge bearings are the standard issue that came with the Flyte frame which was very inexpensive at the time because the company was going out of business.
I'm using the fork plug that came with the Reynolds fork and inserted it according to the directions and believe I snugged up the headset pretty good.
Here's the issue though. I've been riding this bike on some pot holed and expansion joint happy roads here in the Dayton, Ohio area and I've been getting a squeamish feeling that there might be a slight banging going on with the lower fork race/bearing. I know the Reynolds fork is stiff and maybe what I'm hearing and feeling is the unforgiving nature of it. I just don't feel comfortable bombing down hills through the city where there is washboard pavement and gravel at the bottom of the hill like I do on my old school road bikes with threaded headsets and steel forks. I'd swear I'm hearing a faint banging plastic on aluminum type sound in there too.
Does this symptom sound familiar to anyone? Can I get more smoothness out of these bearings somehow? Would it be worth upgrading the standard cartridge bearings to higher quality? And does tightening the Reynolds fork plug (with the Thomson stem bolts loosened) produce any change? How tight can I go with this plug before it pulls itself out?
Thanks for any help on optimizing a threadless fork from a retrogrouch.