Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Isle of Wight - UK
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Reinforcing the head tube - anti-ovalisation
Right as some of you will know I've recently finished my bike. I've put some six inch triple crown forks on it. Given that the frame is two years old I'm concerned about ovalising(sp?) the head tube. Firstly I must pointout that the frame is designed for taking triple clamp forks. Just with it being second hand (I don't know how much the previous owner abused it - though it appeared in very good condition when I got it) I am concerned about frame fatigue.
To give me some piece of mind I decided to put a jubilee clip around the bottom of the head tube, see pic:
The idea being that the clip is aplying "negative pressure" evenly all around the bottom of the head tube. It does not in any affect the headset, the forks turn freely.
What are peoples views on this? It won't save the frame in a big crash, but I hope it will enable the frame to deal with the stress of the triple clamp.