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    Cannot remove steer tube from head tube on Flash 2011

    Hi All,

    Currently running a MCFK carbon steer tube on my 2011 Flash with a Lefty DLR fork. I have tried to remove the steer tube (in order to remove the fork from the frame), but I am unable to get it out. Seems to have seized up with the bearings in the head tune. Any good ideas how to get it out without destroying the MCFK steer tube?

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    seismic

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    No experience with that steerer, but assuming it was made to the same dims as an OEM steerer, get one of these if you don't already have one, apply some good penetrating lube if it doesn't just pop at that point, and beat the ever loving snot out of it till it relents.

    No other way....

    Cannondale Ernie Lefty Steerer Tube Install Tool - KT020/ - CannondaleExperts.com

    Edit: All this assumes you loosened the pinch bolts on the fork before removal attempts.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    well, I get a bit concerned when you say that I should beat the hell out of it. Did I mention that the steer tube is made of carbon? Not sure it will stand up to many hard hits.

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    That's what the tool is for. You hit it, and since it fits nicely into the steerer, you avoid any damage. Again, assuming the maker of said steerer, used the same dimensions as an OEM version.

    If there's a poor or non fit, then you will have to take it from there, creatively.

    That help?
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    You can also use a piece of PVC pipe of the same diameter as that tool. Worked for me.


    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    No experience with that steerer, but assuming it was made to the same dims as an OEM steerer, get one of these if you don't already have one, apply some good penetrating lube if it doesn't just pop at that point, and beat the ever loving snot out of it till it relents.

    No other way....

    Cannondale Ernie Lefty Steerer Tube Install Tool - KT020/ - CannondaleExperts.com

    Edit: All this assumes you loosened the pinch bolts on the fork before removal attempts.

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