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LBS is installing new threadless fork - steerer height ??(6 posts)

LBS is installing new threadless fork - steerer height ??Fez
Oct 30, 2002 1:22 PM
I am getting a new threadless Reynolds Ouzo Pro all-carbon fork installed. Also getting a black Chris King headset and a black Zepp 80 degree stem as well. It is replacing an older threaded setup, so I don't know exactly what height the new setup should be. What should I tell the LBS as far as steerer height?

1) What is the max amt of spacers acceptable for Ouzo Pro w/carbon steerer?

2) How many spacers are usually on a stock built bike like a CAAD7 or an OCLV (both have carbon steerers)?

3) To be safe, should I ask for max height (2-3cm of spacers) and then I can experiment by rearranging the spacers above/below stem, and then cut it shorter later? Or should I not even bother and just leave the spacers on top of the stem?

4) Do I need to order a special Reynolds top cap, or does it come with the fork?

Thanks - I don't want to make the same mistake that one of our fellow RBRs did with cutting a Colnago fork a bit short!
Number 3 is your correct answer IMHO.MXL02
Oct 30, 2002 1:29 PM
I would not cut the fork until I had the bike set up the way I liked it. You may need to move the stem up or down, angle it up or down, get a longer or shorter stem, etc. Don't cut the steerer until you love it.
don't cut it all the way until you get height down.ColnagoFE
Oct 30, 2002 1:30 PM
put a ton of spacers and then move em to the top. once you are satisfied you have the right height then have them do the final cut.
Right - just move the spacers above the stem until you nailjtferraro
Oct 30, 2002 2:06 PM
down where you want to be, etc. My new bike is coming w/40mm's of spacers and so far I've moved 10mm above the stem and put on a longer(by 10cm) slight riser stem(they didn't have one that was parallel w/floor), but I'm still experimenting.

Some answers...jtferraro
Oct 30, 2002 2:03 PM
You shouldn't have them cut it too short yet, as you might want to put in some seat time and experiment. You can always go shorter but you can't add back what has been cut.

1.) not sure but it wouldn't depend on max# of spacers, as spacers have different heights(2.5mm, 5mm, 10mm, 20mm).

2.) 40mm come stock on an OCLV120 but it doesn't have a carbon steerer. Only the high end CAAD7 has the carbon steerer(R3000 and above).

4.) I'm sure it comes w/the fork but not 100% positive.

keep some spacersSmoothie
Oct 30, 2002 4:51 PM
I agree with everybody else - don't cut till you are 110% percent sure of the height you want. I have two 10mm spacers on my bike right now - one on top of the stem, one on the bottom of the stem. I'm trying to work myself down to a zero stack height and it's nice to have some room to experiment.

The chris king come with a top cap (nice headset by the way!)

good luck!