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Upgrading Front End on Gunnar Roadie(4 posts)

Upgrading Front End on Gunnar Roadiekg1
Aug 5, 2003 5:20 PM
I need to replace the tape on my handlebar. I've always thought they were a bit narrow, so I while I'm at it, I'm thinking that I might upgrade the bar to a 44cm.

That got me thinking about upgrading the stem (currently Profile Design and perfectly adequate for me but ugly), and then maybe the fork (Profile Design SC, I think, and kind of noodly).

As it's for my Gunnar Roadie (1" head tube), I'd like to keep the whole project to around $350 or $400, not including the tape. Your suggestions as to best in class for the money would be most appreciated. I'm a recreational rider and 170lbs (too dam much work to be anything else), but like to imagine that I'm TdF material during my weekend rides.

Finally, what do you think the chances are that I could install the stuff myself (e.g., the star nut)? Do I need any special tools?

As always, thank you.

kg1
Is your current fork treaded?the bull
Aug 5, 2003 7:36 PM
If so you will need a new headset.
Unless you want to file out the treads on top race on
your current head set to make it fit over the steerer on
your new fork.
http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml#headset
Is your current fork treaded?kg1
Aug 5, 2003 8:43 PM
Thanks for asking. No, it is threadless.

kg1
Well if your happy with your current postion of bars then...the bull
Aug 6, 2003 2:52 AM
get the new fork cut it to the desired length(with new setup you should cut 1/8 inch below the top of stem)
put the race on from other fork then install through
headtube put new stem on install the star washer or if it has a carbon steerer use the manufacturs special thingy(all of then have some kinda different one now).There not hard to figure out.Put your spacers in.Slap the stem on clap in the bars wrapem up and go!