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Old 06-24-09, 10:41 AM
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The uneven gap probably straightened itself out upon pre-loading the headset with the top cap bolt. If you're curious whether the inconsistency is still there, just remove the top cap (it will not affect the headset's adjustment as the stem's pinch bolts hold it).

Also, it's best to have the upper pinch bolt below the top of the steerer. If it is pinching at or above the steerer, you may want to add a small spacer under the stem. Just don't add too big of one because the top of the stem still needs to sit a few mm above the steerer or else the top cap could bottom out on the steerer before proper pre-load is achieved.
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