Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Sometimes there's a bit of distortion, or the stem doesn't relax open completely even with the bolts removed. There could also be a small but or rolled edge at the stop of the steerer.
Odds are you can get it on with a bit of gentle persuasion. Or you may gently spread the stem clamp within it's spring range. One way to do this is to put a penny into the slot and put the screw in from the outside on the threaded side so tightening against the penny jacks the clamp apart. Don't get carried away, you want to do this only within the stems spring range range or a millimeter or so.
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