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Old 09-29-11, 12:11 PM   #1
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Cyclocross Specific Headset/Top Cap...

So I am putting together a cyclocross bike, and the front brake hanger is not allowing me to lower the stem/bars enough, as it is acting as an additional spacer under the stem. I already have my stem flipped, and I cant use a stem with less rise, as the brake cable routing will not be smooth.

So, I remember seeing an FSA headset with the cable hanger integrated into it. I looked online, and the headset runs about $60. I already have an FSA headset though, and I was looking to just get the top cap. But I cant seem to find the top cap sold seperatly.

Has anybody used one of these headsets, and is it possible to just buy the top-cap?
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Old 09-29-11, 12:36 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/PRO-Headset-Ca.../dp/B0049PQTLG
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...tm_medium=base
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Is this what You're looking for?



This was on cyclocrossworld.com for $14 It replaces a spacer on the headset.
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Here's the FSA CX headset, but I doubt it will help the problem you're describing as it has a lot of stack height:

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...5&category=726


Are you sure you need the bars so low? Higher bars are often good for cyclocross.

You may also want to look into fork-mounted cable hangers.
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http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/Headsets_c_27.html

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If at all possible use a fork mounted hanger. The reduction in shudder they provide is very beneficial.

If your fork wont take a hangar, try this easy stem mounted solution;
http://hoyerfamily.com/cyclocross/?p=77

(Though stem mounting can make any brake shudder worse since any flex of the stem contributes to change in cable tension).
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I have the FSA CX headset and I trashed the bottom race when I installed it. My LBS ordered another for me so I assume that the top race (not top cap) is also available for order. As said by a post above, look online and make sure that it will help. The orbit CX has a fairly tall stack height. Probably equivalent to using your current headset plus a cable stop.
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That pro headset hanger is exactly what I had in mind.

The bars are about an inch and a half higher then my road bike, and its not like I run my road bike bars extremely low, as I have some spacers under the stem. I think the problem is the head tube is taller to begin with on the cross bike, and then the headset cap adds 15mm, and the hanger another 10mm. I think if I could cut about 20mm I would be right where I would want to be for cross.
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That pro headset hanger is made for the pro headset. I'm not sure it will work.
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If at all possible use a fork mounted hanger. The reduction in shudder they provide is very beneficial.
Indeed!
The only proper hanger is a fork-crown mount, e.g.

http://www.amazon.com/Tektro-Brake-H.../dp/B000C14HNS
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http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=57980
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Absolutely. Go for the fork crown-mounted cable hanger. It will address your problem AND eliminate any fork chatter. http://crono-tech.blogspot.com/2010/...e-chatter.html

Leonard Zinn wrote a great article about their use: http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...o-cross_101807
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You can also use a rear hanger that's intended to attach to the seatpost binder bolt, and dangle it from your stem's faceplate, like so:

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