First time building up a bike, want to clarify some vague instructions before cutting up my new fork.
When putting on the crown race, why does one need a special tool? If I'm not identifying the wrong part, my crown race is a little metal piece with a notch in it so it will expand. Shouldn't be too hard to slide down the fork tube correct? (i get my fork in a few days, so I haven't tested yet). Any special notes here, other than grease where the bearings meet the frame?
Shouldn't there be some sort of seal between the lower bearing and the fork? Seems like dirt could easily get into the bearing, and the crown race is a smaller diameter than the bearing.
Thanks for any help.