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    Aheadset: removal of fork.

    I was stripping my frame for a rebuild and got everything off except for the front suspension. Is there a trick to removing the fork from the Aheadset or just "gentle persuasion" with a rubber mallet ?

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    When you say "Aheadset" are you talking about the fork still on the frame or the headset (race) still on the fork?
    Amolan

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    im talking about getting the fork out of the frame. and its the AHEADSET branded threadless headset.

    im afraid to do anything before I get some direction, been so long since I removed it etc i dont want to fudge it up!

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    If you have the stem, spacers, top cap removed, the fork should just fall out, but gentle persuasion can be used.

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    I just removed the fork off my $30 project bike... the persuasion was far from gentle. And then I figured out I didn't have the compression ring removed.. that made it easier.

    And to get the compression ring out, I gave an ungentle tap to the top of the fork to induce a little slack in the system and then pried the plastic compression ring out with a screwdriver.

    Your results may vary.. shop teacher's note: screwdrivers are not to be used for prying, wear safety glasses.. consider the investment you have in your ride prior to conducting brute force removals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint urho View Post
    I just removed the fork off my $30 project bike... the persuasion was far from gentle. And then I figured out I didn't have the compression ring removed.. that made it easier.
    Great point there!

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    thats the ring with the little slot in the top of it right?

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    yep

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    how do you pry it out? I was trying with a screwdriver but was afraid to pry to much

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    Give the top of the steer tube a firm smack with a dead blow rubber mallet, it will either release the fork completely or move it enough to pull the compression ring out. I have probably removed a thousand forks in my life and have never had to use a screwdriver to pry the compression ring off.

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    Thanks 72, thats all I needed to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint urho View Post
    And to get the compression ring out, I gave an ungentle tap to the top of the fork to induce a little slack in the system
    +1. I've a small bit of 1x lumber that I keep handy for that purpose. I lay the board across the top of the steerer tube to protect it, and give a good whack with a hammer. The board is only so that I'm not hitting metal on metal from my hammer to the steerer.

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