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    New fork crown rubbing on head tube

    I replaced the tapered fork on my 29" Specialized hardtail with a new one, also tapered. Both Fox 32's.

    The new fork just barely won't seat all the way and is rubbing on the headtube. The old fork didn't have a crown race either. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polar8 View Post
    The old fork didn't have a crown race either.
    I'm sure it did. It must have fallen off when you removed the fork (split crown). Not a problem. Buy a new FSA/Cane Creek/Tange crown race for your cartridge size.

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    As already said, the only way that your old fork would not have had a crown race is if it was molded into the crown - think maybe seen that on one uber expensive fork with carbon crown. Install the crown race, your problem will disappear.
    One day your life will flash before your eyes, will it be worth watching??

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    I don't think I've ever seen a split race for the lower bearing on any of my stuff, but it could happen. The race on the old fork probably looks like part of the casting, and they can be a pain to remove without damaging. I always spend the extra $10 for a new race when I do a fork swap. Setting the race usually requires a piece of PVC pipe to fit over the steer tube and a hammer, it doesn't just slide on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    I don't think I've ever seen a split race for the lower bearing on any of my stuff, but it could happen.
    Becoming increasingly common. I've seen a number of bikes come with a Cane Creek 40 upper headset, but a Cane Creek 10 lower headset (which includes a plastic split race).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Becoming increasingly common. I've seen a number of bikes come with a Cane Creek 40 upper headset, but a Cane Creek 10 lower headset (which includes a plastic split race).
    Oh, that's BS, that's bait and switch! Not you Harold, you're cool, the bike companies though...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Becoming increasingly common. I've seen a number of bikes come with a Cane Creek 40 upper headset, but a Cane Creek 10 lower headset (which includes a plastic split race).
    I'm curious how much cheaper the split plastic race is to produce per unit compared to the steel one.


    Honest question...is there any advantage to using the better part on the top side other than marketing and ease of instalation? I'm pretty sure I'd want the better part on the lower if it was mine to build.
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