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Old 01-26-06, 01:22 PM   #1
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Threaded Fork Question

I'm replacing the old school threaded steel fork and headset on a '70s Raleigh with a NOS steel Tange threaded fork and a Shimano 105 headset with sealed cartridge bearings. I chose the Shimano 105 primarily because it had the right stack height. I wandered down to the LBS to have the fork milled and the crown race mounted. They told me that since I was using a headset with cartridge bearings rather than loose bearings, that it was unnecessay to have the fork milled and crown faced. I just needed to have the crown race pressed on and I am ready to go. Being a skeptic by nature I thought I would get a second opinion from the doctors here. Are they correct?

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Any bearing needs to be mounted squarely, sealed or not. In theory they are not correct in their reasoning, but practically, I have found the Shimano cartridge headsets to be forgiving of misalignment. If the headset runs smoothly without sideplay, go ride.
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