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    HELP front end is loose on a NRS x-post

    Ive got a brand new NRS (two rides) its got the OEM FSA internal headset and a fox TALAS. Two things are going on:
    The first is at the longer travel >100mm lengths it feels like there is movement between the upper and lower legs almost as if itís loose. The movement feels very similar to a loose headset, and itís audible. Is this normal for this fork or longer travel forks in general?
    The second is that the bearings have movement in them; you can move the inner raceway independent of the outer raceway, maybe 1mm or so, but noticeable. Are these bearings just crap? Iím used to CK, and from the first day I put the headset together I never liked the way the rings sat into the races.
    Iím concerned that the longer travel has stressed the bearings and this is going to be a reoccurring nightmare. Can I get an internal CK headset to fit my NRS?

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    jim,
    take apart the headset assy and make sure nothing is installed upside down or cartridges in the correct position. you can install a ck headset, but you will need a spacer kit to turn the is headset into a conventional. ck was in process of developing an is headset, but read that is was not a good format.
    you can probably log on to fsa's website for their pdf file on install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    jim,
    take apart the headset assy and make sure nothing is installed upside down or cartridges in the correct position. you can install a ck headset, but you will need a spacer kit to turn the is headset into a conventional. ck was in process of developing an is headset, but read that is was not a good format.
    you can probably log on to fsa's website for their pdf file on install.
    dirt diggler
    nope its all correct, i even looked at the directions cause i didnt believe the tolerances were right the first time i put it together

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    jim,
    check the front skewer for snug. i thought my forks and headset was loose and when i applied the disc brakes and started rocking forward and back i notice that my skewer was in motion.

    a common way to check for loose headset is to turn the bars 90 degrees and with you on the bike rock forward and back and place your hand on the headset assy and check for play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    jim,
    check the front skewer for snug. i thought my forks and headset was loose and when i applied the disc brakes and started rocking forward and back i notice that my skewer was in motion.

    a common way to check for loose headset is to turn the bars 90 degrees and with you on the bike rock forward and back and place your hand on the headset assy and check for play.

    dirt diggler
    Ill check the skewer thing.

    as far as the checking the headset, yep done that. like i said it feels like there is some play which is why i took it apart again, but it seems like it is more noticable at >100mm on the fork.

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