If my understanding is correct, it is the star/nut/cap assembly that provides the head bearing tightening. I need to install my new forks and cut the steerer tube. Basically, are you supposed to cut the tube so that its top edge is Xmm below the top edge of the stem? Does my question make sense? If so, how many millimeters?
I couldn't find any articles on this....if any of you have a link please post it.
1) Can the bottom bearing race be gently tapped off my old fork so I can put it onto the new fork?
2) How do you know how thick to make the stack of spacers underneath the stem? It looks like my bike came with 3 spacers of about 3mm each. So...is this a somewhat arbitrary spacing distance depending on the dimensions of a new stem and a newly cut steerer tube? In otherwords, does it really matter if I had a stack height of 5mm as opposed to let's say 12mm?
Hope all this makes sense guys. I think I am over complicating it, but I just haven't done this before and want to make sure I cut the tube properly in my new fork.