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    V2 OPI Steerer

    V2 OPI steerer has arrived.

    Hope it solves the creaky/flexy V1 OPI stem issues.

    Cannondale Lefty OPI Steerer Only - Standard - KH078 - CannondaleExperts.com
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    $75!!! i'd let it creak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkincake View Post
    $75!!! i'd let it creak.
    I would too . . . if it were JUST a creak. But the V1 stem flexes/pivots from side to side when torquing on the bars or hitting gnar. I can see, feel and hear this whenever I get on it. Drives me batty. Can't tolerate it. Must fix.

    A new conventional stem and steerer is way more than $75. So . . .

    But you are right, C'dale should make this a warranty/recall item, as the V1 was clearly a defective design. At least offer the fix "at cost". A whole new stem is only $110.00.
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    This steerer is installed on 2013 bikes, right?

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    Dam,
    I paid $80 for my entire V1 OPI stem. It does not creak. So, I'm just going to wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpjumpy View Post
    C'dale should make this a warranty/recall item, as the V1 was clearly a defective design. At least offer the fix "at cost". A whole new stem is only $110.00.
    if it's as bad as all that, then you are 100% correct - they should sort it for you.

    mine has be good thus far, but i only ride xc. it sounds like you give it a good workout!

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    Dam,
    I paid $80 for my entire V1 OPI stem. It does not creak. So, I'm just going to wait.
    Yeah, I think I paid about that for mine at like Bikewagon or something. was creak free for maybe the first 250 miles or so, then started in and has gotten progressively worse and flexier. Prolly needs to be re-torqued if not re-installed w/ fresh anti sieze. But obviously, the root cause is the poor design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_marsbar View Post
    This steerer is installed on 2013 bikes, right?
    Not all.
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    500 miles of hard singe track on mine and not a peep....I suggest re torquing and re lube is in order if yours makes noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cad10 View Post
    ..I suggest re torquing and re lube is in order if yours makes noise.
    Yah - there are countless threads/posts of people repeatedly doing that to temporarily fix the creak/flex of the OPI stem.

    It's a very poor design, which is why it got redesigned in short order. Hopefully, the redesign is a permanent fix, as the stem is not exactly easy to remove and relube/install.

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    My '13 scalpel just arrived at the shop, the first order of business is to see if it had the V.2. This would be great as the V.1 on my '12 was a pos and I replaced it with a fatty steerer and stem which solved the problem of flex and creak, but it looks retro and the new stem looks much better. Besides on a bike at this price point I shouldn't have to swap out parts like that.

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    Thanks for showing it...That new design does look a lot better. The base of the stem is now locked against the top inner spacer, so should be a lot more solid than merely having the steerer thread hold it in place. That steerer thread is a very fine pitch and hauling on the bars puts an awful lot of leverage onto it.

    I am glad they continue to improve these things. A free trade in for our old steerers would be nice, or yes, "at cost" (can't believe that would happen unless it's a safety concern, though).

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    Another discussion thread on the new steerer here:

    New 2013 Cannondale OPI Stem. Small Changes??? - Weight Weenies

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    By the way for any UK guys (like me) you can get them at Qwerty cycles as below. The pic is the old one but Qwerty said all steerers are the new design now:

    Qwerty Cycles ? Cannondale OPI Steerer STD KH078/STD

    Just ordered one - Great price at £19.00 too!

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    Update: V2 stem installed and ridden - It really does feel a lot more solid, much better. I'd recommend it if you don't like the "play" or creaking in the current one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimification View Post
    Update: V2 stem installed and ridden - It really does feel a lot more solid, much better. I'd recommend it if you don't like the "play" or creaking in the current one.
    Nice. Just got mine yesterday. have not installed yet
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    Following this as my '12 Carbon 3 had the creaking and has that flexy feeling.
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    My LBS lubed the steerer tube on my 2013 F29er 1 and while it reduced the creaking, it did not fully the resolve the issue.

    I agreed to the repair only if Cannondale (or the LBS) agreed to upgrade the component if the lube did not work.

    My LBS has ordered the upgrade and it may be a few weeks until the part is delivered...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyusem View Post
    My LBS lubed the steerer tube on my 2013 F29er 1 and while it reduced the creaking, it did not fully the resolve the issue.
    Yeah, I pulled, cleaned, lubed mine a few weeks ago and all seemed pretty good, except for the continued "flex". Today, it began creaking wicked and wildly, again. I put flex in parens because the 2 pieces actually PIVOT on one another. Its not really stem flex. The flex comes from the lefty top clamp and the upper headset bearings - the only things keeping the stemp from pivoting freely.

    There is just way too much movement at the interface of the 2 pieces. Once the lube gets squeezed/washed out and/or contaminated, it creaks like a mutha as it pivots.

    Can't wait to get the new steerer installed.
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    It's interesting how different people have different experiences with the OPI stem. I've had one on my RZ120 for about the past year or so and have well over 1000 miles on it and there has been absolutely no creaking whatsoever. During this time I have not disassembled or re-greased the bearings or threads. I would still like to get the V2 model just because I like having the newest stuff.

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    hi! can you please tell me if I have V1 or V2 OPI steer by just this pic:

    http://i47.fastpic.ru/big/2013/0522/...fbb706244f.jpg

    or there is no chance to tell that by this picture ?

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    Sunny_12: Sorry, you can't tell from that angle.

    You need to look underneath the head tube.



    You see the bit this guys has in his fingers? That sits underneath your head tube. On the bottom of that are some small white numbers / letters. If it's a V2, it should have "V2" printed there amongst some other letters probably.

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    Thanx for reply !

    I see MK2 numbers on that.. could that mean version 2 ?

    I'll take a picture tonight..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_12 View Post
    Thanx for reply !

    I see MK2 numbers on that.. could that mean version 2 ?

    I'll take a picture tonight..
    Yeah I think so, I can't remember if mine said "V2" or "Mk2". I'll check but don't think I'll be around again until next week to post but it sounds like you have the newer one anyway...

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    jimification, I would appreciate it if you check and post the info here next week I'll be around )

    i am getting some strange sounds, not quite creak but i'd say chattering (if that's a correct definition)

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