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Chris King base plate (crown race): which way is up?

Old 07-19-22, 05:43 PM
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Chris King base plate (crown race): which way is up?

I just ghetto-installed my Chris Bling headset, having thrown caution to the wind. (It worked out fine.)

Now I need to put the crown race on an Enve all-road fork. This is actually making me more nervous.

The crown race/base plate looks like this:




I'm assuming that the first photo corresponds to the top (pointing away from the ground and front wheel) and the second is the bottom (which should point toward the fork crown, wheel and ground). But the funny thing is the taper perfectly matches the bevel on the bottom of the headset, so I am worried I might be getting this wrong.
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Old 07-19-22, 05:53 PM
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first photo points up
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first photo points up
Can confirm. I just installed one last week.
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First photo is right, but you’ll know pretty quick if you do it wrong.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post
I just ghetto-installed my Chris Bling headset, having thrown caution to the wind. (It worked out fine.)

Now I need to put the crown race on an Enve all-road fork. This is actually making me more nervous.

The crown race/base plate looks like this:




I'm assuming that the first photo corresponds to the top (pointing away from the ground and front wheel) and the second is the bottom (which should point toward the fork crown, wheel and ground). But the funny thing is the taper perfectly matches the bevel on the bottom of the headset, so I am worried I might be getting this wrong.
The bevel on the crown race has to match only one thing...the chamfer on the bearing. The answer should be obvious, the upper photo is the correct orientation.
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
The answer should be obvious.
Never under-estimate the power of second-guessing and self-doubt (not to mention abject stupidity).

Anyway, thanks for the reality check.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post
Never under-estimate the power of second-guessing and self-doubt (not to mention abject stupidity).

Anyway, thanks for the reality check.
Eh, the second guessing is powerful! You start looking at it too hard and then it's "oh damn...which way...?"
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Eh, the second guessing is powerful! You start looking at it too hard and then it's "oh damn...which way...?"
It is only one of very many reasons why I could never cut it as a bike mechanic.
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It is only one of very many reasons why I could never cut it as a bike mechanic.
It's not that bad. We have some really experienced guys in the shop that we can bounce questions off, and there's always the interwebs for finding answers if that doesn't work.
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
Eh, the second guessing is powerful! You start looking at it too hard and then it's "oh damn...which way...?"
I was really proud of myself for getting the crown race right. Then after I put the cups in and was about to put in the fork, I thought, wait, why is the "King" upside-down? This was on the front section of an S&S coupled tandem, detatched from the rest of the bike. I had, of course, put the cups in upside-down. I called my LBS mechanic and he said: "Oh, yeah, don't beat yourself up. I've done that a few times."
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