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    Headshok headset help needed

    I seem to go the opposite direction as anyone else.
    I just bought a scalpel first generation fitted with a 1 1/8" reductor headset.
    But one of the reason I bought it was actually to use a Fatty fork.
    So I also bought a Fatty D fork in good conditions off eBay unfortunately it did not come with the headset.
    What are the compatible headset available for a reasonable price ?
    Is a Cane Creek XX 1.5" working for that configuration ?
    Thanks for your help.

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    this is the kit you need...

    Headset Headshok - Dr. Cannondale

    nothing else is compatible if you would like to use the fatty, as they are an awkward sizing 1 9/16". go to your local dealer - or ideally, i am sure someone might sell you their spare headset, or indeed swap it for your 1 1/8" reducer, you never know!?!

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    I may or may not have what you IM me.

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    got all I needed now.
    Anyone could share their trick to compress lower bearing into headset cup without dedicated tool.
    Have seen people on youtube tapping with a wooden hammer.
    Since this compresses the shock itself, I guess I could lock the suspension and do the same but I don't like the idea.
    Any other solution ?

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    First Thanks Parkincake for your information.
    Dr.Cannondale wanted to charge me $30 to ship a $65, 200g part which I found a little rich. When I asked if there were different options, email correspondance stopped.. nice....
    I bought a used one from a Cannondale dealer here in Sydney.
    Concerning my second question, I find it interesting.
    I usually hang out on the 29er forum, this type of request for help does not remain unanswered more than 1/2 hr.
    So, I'm wondering:
    1. Is there no one disassembling their headshok fork ?
    2. Does everyone who does have a special tool ?
    3. Is the wooden (rubber ?) hammer the only solution ?
    4. Nobody cares helping ?
    5. Am I really dumb to ask the question ?
    Cheers
    Eric

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    hi eric,

    have you pressed the cups into the frame?

    get down to your local diy store and buy a length of waste pipe, i think it's like 40mm diameter. use that to tap the lower bearing into position on the fatty fork with your rubber mallet. then insert the fork into position, it should go in to the lower cup with a bit of a waggle.

    then put the upper bearing onto the fork and tap it down again with the pipe into the upper cup - and that is it.

    not a dumb question! sorry for late reply.

    best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkincake View Post
    hi eric,

    have you pressed the cups into the frame?

    get down to your local diy store and buy a length of waste pipe, i think it's like 40mm diameter. use that to tap the lower bearing into position on the fatty fork with your rubber mallet. then insert the fork into position, it should go in to the lower cup with a bit of a waggle.

    then put the upper bearing onto the fork and tap it down again with the pipe into the upper cup - and that is it.

    not a dumb question! sorry for late reply.

    best.
    You're welcome. In fact the bearing is already set on the fork. it was more about how to make sure the bearing is properly compressed within the lower cup of the headset in the frame. In my case, it does not get in that easily by just waggling.
    On all the other headsets ( threaded or threadless) there is a compression mechanism (thread or starnut) and it is crucial to avoid too much play for safety.
    I think I'll lock the shock and use the hammer for the lower bearing.
    You're suggesting there is no need for compression here.
    I'll go with that.
    Thanks again.
    Eric

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    you don't need to worry about compression mechanism, these parts are made to work precisely together. i think you'll be surprised how easy it is.

    good luck.

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    Did just that. Locked the shock, took out the compression valve cover and hit the inside of the crown with a wooden hammer till the lower bearing went into the cup.
    Looks good.
    Thanks Parkincake. Appreciate it.

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