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Old 04-07-10, 06:24 PM
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Caad9- SI Headset loose at bottom

Hi guys, quick question:

On my Caad9 (2010), which has an IS headset, there is a small amount of play at the bottom of the headset during front braking. It's not much, and there is no play at the top- it's more of a slight "clunk, clunk" sound when braking starts and stops.

I'm dead positive it's in the headset and not the brake mount, but tightening the headset doesn't seem to help at all. Any ideas, or is this one I should take up with the dealer? The bike is only 5 months old and is still under warranty.

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Old 04-07-10, 06:41 PM
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Sounds like the headtube is ovalized at the bottom. Been in a front-end accident, or done any serious bunny-hops? Regardless, take it to the dealer if it's still under warranty.
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Old 04-07-10, 07:01 PM
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Sounds like it may be a bit loose or you have an ovalized headtube/bearing race. Try adjusting the headset a bit but if you don't want to deal with it take it in to the shop.
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Old 04-07-10, 07:30 PM
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Integrated headsets require a considerably higher preload than loose ball headsets. Add preload until you can feel the headset bind then back it off until it turns smoothly. That should get rid of the play. It's highly unlikely that a 5 month old bike has a damaged headtube.
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Old 04-07-10, 11:05 PM
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no abuse or accidents that I can remember- it's just sorta gradually happened. I'll try tightening it to the point of binding and then back off a little and see if that does it. Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-10-10, 09:15 AM
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just a quick follow up in case anyone else searches this thread- JoeJack was right, it was loose. SI headsets seem to require a buttload of preload to function properly- enough to make me extremely nervous to apply to a carbon steerer. It's working great now though.

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My CAAD9 seems to have this same clunk noise. How do I go about applying preload to the headset? Thanks for the help!
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Look for the Repair section and then go to Headsets. It's a simple process but very easy to screw up so follow all of the directions and if you are unsure of anything, ask first.
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anyone knows the caad9 5 2010 fork steerer stack height? the cannondale website photo seems very low..
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