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Old 12-11-21, 01:24 PM
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HillRider
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Chris King recommends a preload of about 4 to 10 inch-pounds on their headset top bolts. This assures no play but no binding either.

The steerer top should be about 3mm below the top of the stem or top spacer. I like to cut my steerer so it sticks out about 7mm above the top of the stem and then use a 10mm spacer above the stem to give that 3mm gap. This way the steerer is fully supported by the stem which isn't critical for a steel steerer but highly desirable for a carbon steerer. I trust you haven't installed a starnut in a carbon steerer.
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