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    How do headset reducers work?

    Forgive my ignorant question, but after nearly a case of beer last night with a buddy, my head is a little foggy today!

    To reduce a head tube for a smaller steer tube, the reducers get pressed into the frame, then the headset pressed into the now smaller opening.

    Is that correct? I thought the reducers dropped into headset to tighten the opening, but now I'm confused.

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    The King Devolution headset (the only one reducer that I've used), looks like a standard headset except that it's outer diameter is sized for a 1-1/4" head tube, and the inner diameter is sized for a 1-1/8" fork. There's no additional work or parts to install it in a frame.

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    I've seen the King Devolution, but at ~$140, I don't think so! This is going to be a beater bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zanq
    To reduce a head tube for a smaller steer tube, the reducers get pressed into the frame, then the headset pressed into the now smaller opening.

    Is that correct?
    You're pretty much right on.

    I've used tamer headset reducers with a cane creek headset on an old C'dale. Worked great.
    I'm what Willis was talkin' about

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    Very well. I have done a few 1-1/4"---1-1/8" and a few 1-1/8"---1" with out any problems
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    I've been using a 1 1/8" to 1" for many years now and never had a problem.

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