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Carbon steerer and top plug(4 posts)

Carbon steerer and top plugskinl19
Mar 24, 2002 4:00 PM
I just put together a frame with 1" carbon steerer and need suggestions on a good top cap/plug. Do these act like star nuts in drawing the tube up tight to the bottom race? I've had the bike out twice now without it and I can feel a little slop in the headset when I'm done. Maybe the stem is slipping also, I'm using a 1 1/8 with a shim. I hesitate to put too much clamping pressure on the steerer without a plug.
why didn't the fork come with a plug in the first place????weiwentg
Mar 24, 2002 5:45 PM
anyway, basically anything except a stock Easton plug will do the job. the LBS should have some in stock, or be able to get some, and it should be cheap (mine cost 5 bucks).
get one....jawa
Mar 24, 2002 7:13 PM
You should get a plug. Without the plug you will have difficulty aducsting the headset tightness. This could cause the bearings to wear premeaturely. There are several types of plugs. They basically wedge in similar to a non a-head stem.
re: Carbon steerer and top plugBarnyard
Mar 24, 2002 8:05 PM
The top cap is usually part of the headset assembly. You absolutely need one to adjust/tension the headset before clamping. I think you're making a big mistake by riding before properly tightening the headset. You absolutely need a cap to pull on the star fangled nut.