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Old 04-30-07, 05:45 PM   #1
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Carbon steer tube and integrated headset

By the title of the thread, I suppose that I have now fully given over myself to the dark side.

Anyway, I may be getting a fork with a carbon steer tube for my fuji track pro. I need to change the fork to one with a brake hole, to facilitate riding the bike to the track in a stiff track gear. I've never worked with carbon steerers, and I know that they don't use starnuts. I've also never worked with integrated headsets. Will the new fork work in my frame with anything besides the carbon compression plug (like, anything new from a bike shop that I'll need to buy)? Will it work with my existing headset? Any other random pitfalls to the compression plugs?

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As long as you're replacing the fork with one of the same steerer size your existing threadless integrated headset should work. Compression plugs can be installed without any special tool, so that's a bonus over a starnut. You may need to adjust the steerer length to account for the flange (if it has one, mine did) depth of the compression plug. Other than that, measure twice (or thrice) before cutting the steerer to length.

My LBS cut mine for me - they had a correct blade guide - I think for $5. Breathing carbon fibers is bad, too.
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I like the lipped comp. plugs the best. They are the simplest design and have a positive set position. The only down side to them is you usually have to take them all the way apart and fish the wedge out if you remove it from the steerer, not a biggie.

You will probably need to get a long brake nut as well. The nuts that come with most brakes are to short for carbon crowns.
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