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Head set problems(4 posts)

Head set problemshayaku
Oct 9, 2003 4:03 PM
My friend has a Scott USA bike with a Richey head set. He wants to remove the 2cm carbon washer that is somehow intergrated into the head set (You can't cust take the stem off and slide it off) I have checked the Richey web site but couldn't find anything. I read here a long, long time ago that it can be done but can someone please refresh my memory?

Thanks in advance.
The star-fangled nut...DrPete
Oct 9, 2003 6:11 PM
It sounds like the spacer (the 2-cm washer) is the victim of the star-fangled nut, or the weird looking thing in the steerer tube that pushes the steerer tube against the stem to keep things snug.

If you need to, you can take a metal rod or long bolt and take a hammer and push the nut all the way through the steerer, and re-insert it a little higher next time, so it only pushes on the stem.

Other than that, I don't know. :)

Oct 10, 2003 4:51 AM
The poster has a steering tube spacer (referred to as a "washer") that is integrated into the top bearing race of the headset. He wants to remove the spacer. If it is merely a carbon spacer bonded to aluminum, applying heat with a heat gun or in the oven will break the bond (and ruin the spacer).

If the spacer must be cut off, then this would be a machine shop job. Better to just get a new headset.

This problem has nothing to do with the "star nut". IF the steerer is steel, the star nut will have to be driven deeper into the steering tube. An easy thing to do.

If the steerer is carbon, then it most likely has an expanding plug that is loosened with a bolt in the center and is easily moved to a new position.

The steering tube will obviously need to be cut to a shorter length.
Oct 10, 2003 5:14 AM
Ah, I see--misunderstood the post. Thanks for clearing it up, and I hope I haven't contributed to the destruction of a headset!