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    School me on tapered headtubes

    It seems most new 20er frames all have tapered headtubes. I have a standard 1 1/8 fork and headset. Is there any type of converter I can buy for the wider lower to still run my existing fork, or am I looking at having to upgrade to a new fork?
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    School me on tapered headtubes

    Quote Originally Posted by skankingbiker View Post
    It seems most new 20er frames all have tapered headtubes. I have a standard 1 1/8 fork and headset. Is there any type of converter I can buy for the wider lower to still run my existing fork, or am I looking at having to upgrade to a new fork?
    Most of the headsets offer a fork crown for straight steer tube forks.
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    You do not need to get a new fork. There are two options you have. Headset manufacturers make a bottom cup and bearing that fits a straight 1⅛" steerer tube into a tapered 1" head tube. Alternately you can get a 1" crown race to fit into a 1" bottom headset cup with a 1⅛" steerer. I used this setup for a while. I have a cane creek 110 headset and knew that I would get a tapered fork. This is the crown race from Cane Creek but other manufacturers have them too:

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    Ok, I am assuming I would need to get a new lower cup & bearing as well? (i.e. I couldnt just use a 1 1/8 headset with the bigger race?)
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    The headset cup has to fit into the bottom of the head tube.
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skankingbiker View Post
    Ok, I am assuming I would need to get a new lower cup & bearing as well? (i.e. I couldnt just use a 1 1/8 headset with the bigger race?)
    Ya, from what I understand, you have to buy the whole new headset.
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    School me on tapered headtubes

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    Ya, from what I understand, you have to buy the whole new headset.
    New frame = new headset. No big deal.
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    Thanks for the replies.
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    New frame = new headset. No big deal.
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