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    Gemini noise when landing

    I have an 05 Gemini 900. I was testing the bike out at my house and when landing from a 4 ft. drop there is a noise (high pitch "tink").

    After the first time the headset was loose, so I tightened it. It did the drop again, the noise and the headset loosened up again. I then called the shop, they said it sound like the cap was hitting the steerer tube and wasn't getting tight enough. I looked and there was very little room (maybe 1/16") for the cap to tighten the headset. So I filed the steerer down a little to get it tighter.

    After all this, I can tighten the headset up enough, that there is no play, but I'm still getting the noise. The headset is not loosening up anymore. I did notice that I can spin the spacers below the stem, but if I tighten it more so the spacers won't turn the headset is right at the point where you can feel the bearings, like when your headset is too tight.
    I don't want to tighten the headset too tight and ruin the bearings. The headset is a FSA 1.5 Orbit Extreme with cartridge bearings.

    This is still a new bike with only 20 miles on it. I have not ridden with the headset loose and once I did the drops I tightened the headset up.

    What is the problem?
    I can fix it............... my dad has an awesome set of tools

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    I might be reading it but it sounds like you need another spacer underneither your top cap. You said there was hardly any room between the steerer and top cap and you could spin the spacers. thats not good. go get another spacer and tighten it again.

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