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Evolution of the Humble Steering Tube Plug

Old 03-29-23, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
Well, no. If you have an inch of thread from the modified starnut, that will allow you to cut it down pretty far.

And if you cut it down to about 1cm, you can knock out the plug with a rap from a mallet. The epoxy makes a good bond, but it isn't not as good as the bond holding the steerer carbon together. Then you can do whatever after that.

So I don't see the problem. The "worst" thing that could happen is that you think the shortened plug will hold and it doesn't. Then you replace it.

Like I said, bike companies do this all the time and its been figured out. I have cut down many Cervelos and BMCs with "permanent" plugs.
Yes, you can certainly do all of that. But, it just brings us back to the earlier statement:

Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
To each his own, but that seems to be a rather elaborate and labor intensive solution to provide something as simple as bearing preload.
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Old 03-29-23, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Yes, you can certainly do all of that. But, it just brings us back to the earlier statement:
Always a pleasure to hear how hard things are from people how haven't done them.

The things you listed just now are what you would do to cut any steerer, plus one tap with a mallet.
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Geez, the ego-butting tedium is strong in this thread...

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I think there's been only 2 -- aesthetic value and your special case of the pre-cut steerer, and the latter doesn't address the general case.
There was a third reason mentioned, and the reason I did it - needed something for a 1" carbon steerer, wasn't going to use a star nut.

I didn't do an epoxy plug though; I had a bit of carbon plate a few mm thick so I cut a little disc and put an ally rivnut in it, and epoxied that in there.
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Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
Geez, the ego-butting tedium is strong in this thread...


There was a third reason mentioned, and the reason I did it - needed something for a 1" carbon steerer, wasn't going to use a star nut.

I didn't do an epoxy plug though; I had a bit of carbon plate a few mm thick so I cut a little disc and put an ally rivnut in it, and epoxied that in there.
So, what was the reason ? Why didn’t you use a compression plug?
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So, what was the reason ? Why didn’t you use a compression plug?
1" have been hard to find.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
So, what was the reason ? Why didn’t you use a compression plug?
Aside from 1" compression plugs being even scarcer than 1" carbon steerers, this crazy Easton fork has a flat spot on the back of the steerer so it doesn't get pinched in the stem clamp. Can't remember if it was round inside, but probably not, huh.


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