Sorry if this is aleady knowm, but I can't tell just reading your post. The stem is loose when you tighten the top cap screw, right?Earthpig said:I'm having ongoing loose headset problems with the integrated headset on my Salsa Campeon frame. The Campeon fork has a carbon steerer which, of course, requires the use of a compression plug rather than a traditional star nut. I've been using a Cane Creek IS-6 headset since the bike was new last spring. Recently, I decided to change my stem and now am having serious issues getting the headset to tighten back down. It seems like regardless of how much I torque down the compression plug, I can't get rid of play in the headset. What am I missing here? I don't want to reef too hard on the compression plug nut, for fear of damaging the steerer, but I also don't want to ovalize the headtube because the headset is not tight enough. Any tips or tricks out there for this setup? FWIW, I'm using a Problem Solvers compression plug. Thanks.
Loosen the stem.
Tighten the cap screw to set the headset tension.
Tighten the stem to hold it in place.