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Old 03-26-18, 11:48 AM
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Raleigh Grand Vitesse - tapered head tube

I am considering getting this bike, but I read in a review that it has a tapered head tube and that should be avoided. i don't know what the implications are of a tapered head tube, or why I should avoid it. Can someone enlighten me?
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I am considering getting this bike, but I read in a review that it has a tapered head tube and that should be avoided. i don't know what the implications are of a tapered head tube, or why I should avoid it. Can someone enlighten me?
Why should a tapered head tube be avoided? I see no reason why, plenty of great modern fork options that use tapered head tubes and it seems that is where a lot of the industry is going! Generally it is going to be lighter and stronger and allow for a larger bearing at the bottom which is always a good thing. Also tapering allows you to use standard 1 1/8 stems (that are carbon compatible of course)

Here is an older article on it from Road Bike Action:
https://roadbikeaction.com/what-exac...sized-headset/

I think the Grand Vitesse is an excellent bike, 853 Tubing is some of the best and Ultegra is an excellent gruppo. For some maybe the tapered headtube might look odd with skinnier tubes but that is about it.
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Been standard on mt bikes for a few years. As said, bigger bearing on the bottom. An always use and older fork with a strait 1-1/8th steerer tube with a headset made for that.
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That headtube should actually be a little stiffer (=good thing) than a standard design.

And that bike is marvelous. Reynolds 853 steel is superb.
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No reason at all to avoid a tapered steer tube. The tapered tube allows a stiffer junction between the fork crown and the steer tube which aids in steering precision. The larger diameter bearing at the fork crown is also a plus. I would be curious to know what reasons you have heard that result in you thinking that. It is currently hard to find any good road bikes without a tapered steer tube
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I got my Culprit in '13, with tapered head tube, handles great, sealed bearings, never had any issues. In over 6000 miles, never had it apart, still rides like new. What's not to like ?
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$1,299.99 on Corporate pricing right now for 853 reynolds/Ultegra with carbon fork. NICE BIKE!!!!!!!!!!

throw on some high end wheels and rock it! or not, if you like the silver look. IN my opinion the tapered head tube is a bonus, and well, all my new bikes will be tapered. LOVE them.
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I got my Culprit in '13, with tapered head tube, handles great, sealed bearings, never had any issues. In over 6000 miles, never had it apart, still rides like new. What's not to like ?
The fact the bike is cross chained and the wheels don't line up and the cranks aren't at the proper position

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The Gatorskin logo matches the bike quite well so kudos on that I normally don't go for yellow but this one is OK.
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Wow, tough crowd tonight.
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Your chain looks too short too. Rear derailer should be more,, vertical. Sorry Sir.
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