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Old 10-20-11, 12:46 PM   #1
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Maximum Stack height for Carbon Steerer, 1 1/8 inch

I am working on putting together a winter project road bike.

I have a full carbon fork and it's unclear what the maximium height above the headset is "allowed" or recommended.

I have heard 3 inches and/or 8 cm.

Is there any clear-cut guidance on this?

If it matters, the fork is a no-name all carbon fork. Frame is nashbar aluminum. Headset is Cane Creek S-3.
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Different manufactures have slightly different recommendations, but 3 or 4cm of spacers is the usual maximum. This is from Trek: http://www.trekbikes.com/pdf/carbon_...eerer_Info.pdf
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The highest maximum spacer stack I've ever seen recommended is 5cm by Easton for their 1-1/8" carbon steerers. Most makers limit you to 4 cm or even a bit less.
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Thanks, I will probably stick with 4cm just to be safe.
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Thanks, I will probably stick with 4cm just to be safe.
One other thing. Cut the steerer long enough to stick up at least 2 -3 mm above the TOP of the stem and then use a 5 mm spacer above the stem to get the needed gap for headset adjustment. That way you assure the stem is fully supported by the steerer. That's important with a carbon steerer.

In fact, I cut my steerers to project 7-8 mm above the stem and use a 10 mm top spacer. It gives me the option of raining the bar height 5 mm more in the future.
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One other thing. Cut the steerer long enough to stick up at least 2 -3 mm above the TOP of the stem and then use a 5 mm spacer above the stem to get the needed gap for headset adjustment. That way you assure the stem is fully supported by the steerer. That's important with a carbon steerer.

In fact, I cut my steerers to project 7-8 mm above the stem and use a 10 mm top spacer. It gives me the option of raining the bar height 5 mm more in the future.
Thanks, will do!
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I recently looked at a friends Time VRS Vibraser. He had at least 2 inches (maybe 2-1/2) of spacers on his full carbon fork. He is also very light at around 135 pounds. I thought it was a bit much, but he hasn't had any problems.
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