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Headset cartridge bearings stiff(4 posts)

Headset cartridge bearings stiffsweathog
Dec 11, 2003 7:53 AM
I'm jumping the gun here because the ultimate test will be whether I can ride no hands when the build is done - but, the build won't be done for awhile, and on the stand the headset feels a mite stiff, even though its adjusted right, with minimum preload to remove play, and the stiffness is equal throughout 360 degrees, seemingly eliminating uneven facing or reaming. Taking it apart again, I find that the cartride bearings themselves are pretty stiff, it's hard to turn them with just fingers. Is this just a characterisitic of cartridge bearings? It's a 1 inch Cane Creek S-2 threadless. The frame is new, but like I said it doesn't seen to be a problem with the head tube. Thanks in advance for any $.02.
re: Headset cartridge bearings stiffdivve
Dec 11, 2003 8:06 AM
Probably just because it's brand new. The seals could still be a little tight and the grease still has to be spread around.
divve is rightcyclopathic
Dec 11, 2003 2:05 PM
tight seals. Since you have them out just take and turn it while watch TV it'll get better. (O'k if you don't have patience stuff in wooded knob with a long screw, hold it in vice and turn in with drill :)
yeah me tootook
Dec 11, 2003 2:06 PM
I have an S-2 on the landshark i just built up and it seems a little stiff compared to a hs with standard cup and cone design.

i think it is inherent to the design...i used an s-2 for another build i did about a year ago and it did loosen up somewhat after a while, but the bearing action was never as "free" as w/ other standard bearing headsets i've used (ultegra, DA, tange, etc...)