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Old 10-21-10, 01:33 PM   #1
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new bike set up by shop... possible headset problem?

my order for a 2010 felt tk2 finally came in last weekend, and this week I finally had time to take it out to the street for a solid ride (i'd have taken her to a velorome for her maiden voyage, but the 'drome is currently closed til the season starts back up.)

After the ride, I happened to notice a tiny gap between the headset top-cap/upper cover, and the top of the headtube. looking into the gap, theres a minuscule amount of "cup" (which is the actual cartridge bearing, correct?) showing. The gap itself is maybe only a mm or two, and the amount of cup showing is less than a mm, but I thought the bearing should be flush with the frame, and top cap of an integrate headset should essentially sit flush with the frame...

sorry, I don't have pictures of my actual problem, but I found a pic of essentially what's going on with mine.

although, the gap and amount the cartridge is sticking out on mine is certainly not as exaggerated as that...

the specific headset in question is, as per felt's listed specs, "FSA 1 1/8 Integrated w/ 20mm Cone & 2 X 7.5mm Spacer Stack "

2 things to keep in mind:
- I've been previously familiar with standard headsets, but i've no prior experience with integrated
- it's something I didn't notice before the ride, however at the time it wasn't something I was particularly looking for.

is this a problem to fix, or am I being overly worried about my new baby?
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Old 10-21-10, 03:07 PM   #2
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Your bearing carriages might be upside down. open up the headset and reverse them and see if the gap is any smaller.
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Old 10-21-10, 04:15 PM   #3
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what with it being integrated and all, I should be able to check it out with pretty much just a hex set, yeah?
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those are nice bikes arn't they? doo bad your bikeshop does not offer follow up service. I would think you would rather take a brand new bike back to the shop for service rather than risk screwing anything up by doing it yourself
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lol it's certainly a nice bike, but the "local" bike shop i happened to get it from happens to be a half hour away by car. I'm pretty sure I could ask them about it, an they could have a look at it, but if it means a half hour drive to and from (and mind you, I don't have a car. it'd be zipcar), AND it's something I can easily fix/check out on my own, I have no problem looking at it myself. I'm no master mechanic, but I'm sufficiently hands-on to at least check it out if it's easy enough.

i suppose the real question, is tinkering with an integrated headset considered "easy enough"?

edit/addition: I could easily go to an actual local bike shop, however then I'd get charged for a headset adjustment. If the problem is something that a bike shop should look at, then one way or another i'll have it professionally adjusted. however, if it would be paying for them to do EXACTLY what I would do anyway, then I'd rather just do it myself and learn something in the process...

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