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Old 05-12-12, 07:43 PM   #1
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Setting Crown Race

Any cheap way to set one?

It's a 1 1/8 alloy steerer tube, I don't want to spend $50 on a Park tool or take our chances with our LBS.

A PVC pipe + washers, maybe?
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Hmm, PVC pipe sounds like a good idea, but only if you can find a size that bears down directly on the race...

Otherwise, if washers are necessary, I'd make em out of plastic.

If you can't get it all the way on, you could ride it for a bit to hammer it on the rest of the way - as long as it's already 2-3mm of the way on, and dead straight.
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I use a PVC coupling worth a pipe behind that. The coupling is thicker and stronger. Seems to fit the race better too. The pipe gets you out away from the tube so you can hit it.
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Like this: http://www.mtbresource.com/CrownRaceSetter.html
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$32 tool. I have a couple of Sette tools , and so far, they seem fine. They're fine for the weekend wrench, but maybe not for shop use: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/167...p=325%20SETCR7
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1 1/4" PVC pipe worked perfectly on a Cane Creek Model 40 EC. Take the Race with you when you shop for the pipe. You'll see whether it fits. The force is on the inside of the race so while a larger diameter may fit down in the race better, there isn't any drag on the outside. Make sure any paint is removed where the race fits.
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PVC probably isn't your best choice since it's pretty light. A piece of standard 1" steel water pipe does the job perfectly. That's what some of the slide hammers used by pro mechanics in the bike trade are made of.
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Thanks guys,

I'll take the race to the hardware store, I'm sure I'll find something that'll work.

PS. lloks like the $32 Sette will make a good back-up plan.
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take a chance at your lbs??? ill bet they can set the race in like 2 minutes for you and be done with it.
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Any cheap way to set one?

It's a 1 1/8 alloy steerer tube, I don't want to spend $50 on a Park tool or take our chances with our LBS.

A PVC pipe + washers, maybe?
I recently set two crown races, both on CF forks with CF steerers. This isn't rocket science. I just tapped them into place using a small piece of wood and a hammer - gently tapping carefully around the circumference until they were set evenly.
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I recently set two crown races, both on CF forks with CF steerers. This isn't rocket science. I just tapped them into place using a small piece of wood and a hammer - gently tapping carefully around the circumference until they were set evenly.
Without a proper tool or drift, it's likely the crown race hasn't seated completely, and will seat properly with use. Be sure to check for looseness after a bit.
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Without a proper tool or drift, it's likely the crown race hasn't seated completely, and will seat properly with use. Be sure to check for looseness after a bit.
No, it was seated properly. Like I said, I carefully tapped it down bit by bit and it went down totally flush/square, whatever you call it. It actually went down with very little force. Not quite slip fit, but no caveman effort needed. If it hadn't I probably would have driven into town and bought some pipe. No subsequent problems w/ headset.
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