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Old 04-04-05, 07:44 PM
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With a Dura-Ace headset, the lower cartridge bearing rides between the crown race (or lower head cone housing) and the lower head cup housing. Without the crown race, I suspect: a) your fork will be very, very loose and b) the bearing would start etching a ring in the fork.

I've only seen the entire unit for sale, but your LBS may be able to order (or dig up) just the crown race (although other manufacturer's crown races "might" fit).
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