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Old 06-09-05, 08:21 AM
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Under the headtube spacers?

Hello all,

I spotted this picture of a bicycle with spacers installed under the bottom race of a aheadset and wondered if you could give me your option on the 'soundness' of this set up.

Here is a link to the site.

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005..._2.htm#image_3

I hope you have the time to give me your 2 cents worth, as I'm thinking of trying the same thing but I'm worried that it may be dangerous.
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Old 06-09-05, 08:27 AM
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That makes a huge change in the geometry of the frame. I wouldn't do it.
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Old 06-09-05, 08:50 AM
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That looks to me to be trying to accommodate a rigid fork on a frame intended for a suspension fork.Is that what you're doing?
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Three reasons;

I have an old cannondale small frame with toe clip overlap... I thought this might help.

I'd like to get the bars higher without having three inches of spacers above the headtub.

I's never seen this done before and was just interested on how he did it.
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Also note, the stem is upside down!
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Originally Posted by petermi
Hello all,

I spotted this picture of a bicycle with spacers installed under the bottom race of a aheadset and wondered if you could give me your option on the 'soundness' of this set up.

Here is a link to the site.

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005..._2.htm#image_3

I hope you have the time to give me your 2 cents worth, as I'm thinking of trying the same thing but I'm worried that it may be dangerous.
Have you tried emailing Eugene Weaver??? Most people on FGG are more than happy to respong to emails about their bikes. That is the whole reason that they put their email there.
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Old 06-09-05, 10:12 AM
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I did email Eugene and he very kindly explained how he did this.

I thought it would be prudent to ask the members of this forum for your opinions on this unusual mod.

I'm guessing I could achieve the same results with fork that had a longer distance from crown to axle but I'm kind of intigued by Eugenes set up.
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Old 06-09-05, 11:04 AM
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I would never ride a bike like that myself. The fork is designed to take the load at the fork crown not 3 inches up the steerer.
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I'm not sure how this works. The lower race fits loosely over the steering tube and swages into a boss at the base above the crown. Maybe they built up the steering tube to compensate for this.
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