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Old 12-31-11, 12:10 AM   #1
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Raleigh Pro "swolen" steerer tube. Is it safe to ride?

I recently bought a Raleigh Pro frame + fork with a campagnolo headset. When I removed the headset locknut and then attempted to remove the fork it withdrew a few inches and then abruptly stuck. Perplexed, I tried removing it a couple more times with the same results. Finally in frustration I pulled a little harder and managed to free the fork. I found that the steerer tube is "swolen" a few centimeters below the threaded portion. I assume that the damage is due to stem overtightening. I didn't see any cracks but there are some scratches from contact with the bottom headset cup. Is this fork safe to ride or should I replace it?

Sorry, I don't have any pics at the moment since it was recently built up to get a feel for the frame. I can get pics if necessary. Thanks.
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Old 12-31-11, 03:31 AM   #2
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Take it to the nearest LBS.
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Probably safe if you reinsert the stem deeper into the
steerer on reinstallation, or switch to a longer tube, but
like the above poster told you, there's no way anyone
can pronounce it safe over the interwebz.

Thus most of us would be reluctant to make this call.
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