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Old 06-04-17, 10:29 AM
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2 Headset Spacer Questions

Hello all,

I currently have one 10mm spacer below my stem (and two 10mm above because i never had the steerer tube cut), as well as the flanged/flared FSA headset cap, which is also 10mm tall.

My first question is, can the FSA cap be considered a spacer, if I removed the 10mm spacer above it completely, would I still be ok with just that flared cover in place?

Second question is, If I want to toy with lowering my bars but not by 10mm, I have the option of buying two 5mm spacers and moving one to the top and keeping one below, but if I wanted to be more incremental, would it be ok to get 3 3mm spacers? Would that 1mm difference throw off my ability to tighten the headset effectively? Is that also overkill, am I likely to notice the difference between dropping my bars by 3mm vs. 5?
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My opinion is that 5 mm at a time is perfectly reasonable. Others may disagree.
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I'd call it a flared spacer, to make a smooth appearing transition,

if you are OK with an abrupt looking transition, go for it ...

straight sleeve spacers serve functionally fine.

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