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carbon forks and steer tubes(5 posts)

carbon forks and steer tubescxfan
Sep 13, 2002 11:13 AM
Just got my new Empella with the carbon fork. The thing is a dream to ride and with race wheels it 18.5 lbs.

But the headset keeps coming loose. Took to local LBS and they got it snugged up but came lose in the Wed training ride again. I have taken it apart and cleaned the steerer of any grease and no grease on the plug threads. It use's a Record hiddenset and a FSA plug

Anyone else had issues with this and if so, what did it take to fix it

thanks in advance
Sep 13, 2002 11:52 AM
What stem are you using? I have two road bikes with Ouzo Pro forks and a Record Hiddenset/Cane Creek. On the Hiddenset the trick is to tighten the preload all the way, then really crank down on the stem. I find the Ritchey WCS to be the best for clamping pressure. 3T and Deda stems are too soft to really clamp the carbon steerer.

I believe Empella uses a Winwood carbon fork. Hopefully the O.D. of the steerer is consistently 1.125".

I'll be at the Wed ride next week and can take a look at it if you'd like.
Sep 13, 2002 12:11 PM
That would be great. I am using the 3T Forgie stem (not the greatest but haven't found a better one yet)

Are you going for the endurance ride on Sunday?

the fork said it was made by Advanced Composites. I think they also make the fork the Team SC Merckx also.

Advanced CompositesBipedZed
Sep 13, 2002 1:03 PM
AC is a Taiwanese OEM carbon fork manufacturer that makes forks for Profile, Time, Cannondale - pretty much everybody. Reynolds, AME, and Wound Up are notable exceptions.

The Forgie is a good stem, not as delicate as the Zepp. I'll take a look next Wed. The Sunday RRV rides are fun but I usually don't start those until after cross season is over.
Solution Found....maybecxfan
Sep 15, 2002 7:55 PM
Went out this weekend and I think it is the fork flexing under heaving breaking. Everything is tight but only get in going downhill on heavy on the front.

Good rule is stay off the brakes in a cross race.

See you Wed.