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    Senior Member robbied196's Avatar
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    Steerer Tube Length Question

    I've got a Vitus 979 frame which needs some forks.

    The headtube length without any bearing cups is 150mm.

    Will a pair of forks which measure 162mm from fork shoulder to top of the steerer tube and 142mm from the shoulder to bottom of thread fit ok?

    The thread is 20mm long.

    Thanks for any help

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    It's pretty questionable. You've basically got 12mm of space to play with, which I'd say is unlikely to be enough for a whole headset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airburst View Post
    It's pretty questionable. You've basically got 12mm of space to play with, which I'd say is unlikely to be enough for a whole headset.
    Thanks Airburst, I thought it might be to short. I'm not very up on headsets so wasn't sure how much space they needed. Back to the search!

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    It's straightforward:

    Head tube length + Headset stack height (easily looked up or measured) - 2 mm (space below headset locknut) = minimum fork column length (top of fork to bottom of lower race seat).
    There's no such thing as a routine repair.

    Don't tell me what "should" be - either it is, it isn't, or do something about it.

    Please take the time to post clearly so we can answer quickly. All lowercase and multiple typos makes for a hard read. Thanks!

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    You choice of headset will determine how long the steer tube must be. Typical stack heights for headsets range from about 30mm to 44mm, so your steer tube must be longer than the head tube by at least that amount. If the steer tube is longer, it can always be trimmed, but too short is always too short.


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