|Head tube extensions||doclusk|
Oct 2, 2002 4:13 AM
|I've a Dean Ti frame but the head tube is too short, anyone had any experience with head tube extensions? There is a Canadian company that sells them, I'm just concerned about the feasability of whether an extension will work.|
|re: Head tube extensions||tarwheel|
Oct 2, 2002 6:20 AM
|There are two types up of head tube extenders that I am aware of. Serotta sells a 2 cm titanium extender that fits between the head tube and the upper part of the headset for $60. This won't work, however, unless you have an uncut fork, a longer than usual steerer tube (eg, with lots of spacers already) or you're buying another fork anyway. |
Your other option is steerer tube extender made by Zoom and some other parts companies for about $25. This will work even if you have cut the steerer tube and can raise the stem/handlebar quite a bit. It actually bolts to the existing the steerer tube. Until recently, these were only available for 1-1/8" steerer tubes, but I have recently seen them available for 1" steerers. I think you can find a decent selection of these extenders at some of the internet shops, such as www.bikeusa.com. I am not sure how they work, but it seems like a worthwhile option if you need to raise your handlebar and don't want to shell out the bucks for a new fork with an uncut steerer.
|here is a link||tarwheel|
Oct 2, 2002 6:27 AM
|Bikeusa has a bunch of different sizes and models of steerer tube extenders listed for $18 each. Here's a link to the page. If the link doesn't work, go to www.bikeusa.com, then components, then stems and scroll down to find the section. |
If you give them a call, they might have firsthand experience about how well they work. I had the same problem with a frame a couple years ago and my bikeshop claimed that 1" steerer extenders were not available, although they stocked them in 1-1/8". Maybe they were just trying to sell me a new fork. I ended up buying a new, better fitting frame instead.
|Have one on my tandem||StewK|
Oct 2, 2002 8:24 AM
|I have one on my tandem and it seems to work fine. Seems pretty solid and I don't really even notice it when I'm riding.
Of course tandem riding is different than solo.