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    Headset Space

    Can someone tell me if this gap is supposed to be there? I picked up a Sultan w/ a Cane Creek 44XX from the folks at Turner. When I installed the fork, there was this gap. I have installed several forks with different headsets and have never seen this on any of my other bikes. I took it over the my LBS and they said this is normal now due to varying tolerances between bike manufacturers.
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    I have that headset. Mine fits very tightly together. I think you have that washer upside down. Not sure if that would get rid of that gap though.

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    mine fits perfectly snug together.looks like its not pushed down all the way or installed wrong. ?

    is the headset loose that way ??? good luck

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    looks as though the compression ring may not be seated properly. pull the stem and spacers off and with the fork seated on the lower firmly on the lower cup and bearing make sure the top bearing seal and compression ring seat properly. then slide your spacers and instal your stem. see if that works. just a suggestion.
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    Got it figured out with the help of Cane Creek and Marzocchi. It turns out, the taper on the fork keeps the compression ring from fully setting with the bearings. I didn't experience this with my previous bike (RIP9) because it has a head tube length of 4.5" and the Sultan has a 3.7" head tube length. Thanks for everyone's help.

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    Interesting. I wonder if you could install a thicker lower headset race or perhaps a thin spacer below your current lower headset race to pull the top of the taper down lower into the head tube?

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    It looks like I would need a spacer close to 5mm. I can also get a new upper assembly from Marzocchi. The newer steer tubes has a shorter taper. Of course, I could also just get a 1 1/8 steer tube fork as well.

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    Did the CC/Marz people give you the OK to run it as shown in the initial post?

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    I picked up a caliper and measured the steer tube. The taper goes up to about 4.25-4.5 inches on the steer tube which will work for most bikes. CC said that I could ride it until I get my new fork. I ordered a 34 Float today and will see how I like it. Its too bad since I really like the Marzocchi fork.

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    Interesting, so the problem was the steerer tapering too gradually...
    Rolling on 29", 650b, 8.3" and 23mm

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    Correct. The new Fox 34s taper up to 85mm-90mm. I believe that the newer Marzocchis and Rock Shox are about the same.

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    Do the F34, works purrrrrrfectly on my XL.

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    Just installed the Float 34. No more gap. See if it performs as well as my Marzocchi.

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    what are you doing with the Marzocchi?

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