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One for the experts today. I've got a BMC SL01 frameset that came with an Easton EC70 fork, and a build kit that I nabbed an EC90 fork with. I'm planning on using the EC90 with the FSA headset that came with the frameset. (1 1/8 integrated 36/36)

My question is this, does the EC90 require a lower race installed as a traditional fork would? Reason I ask is two-fold. First, the EC70 came with one, albiet not completely seated, but it left the bearing perched on top of the race, not flat against it. So, I took it to my LBS for some advice and he's of the impression that the EC90 doesn't need a lower race, and that the bearing rests against the fork crown and is assembled directly into the frame that way. See the pictures for some more details:

If they don't autoload:
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That photo is of the Ec70, but that's the race in question. Any advice would be helpful, I'd like to start assembly tonight if I can.

Thanks,

-Josh
 

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Aren't you supposed to transfer the race of your headset to your new fork?

Races come with the headset, not with the fork. I say transfer over. You dont' want your bearings against your CFRP on the fork.
 

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Aren't you supposed to transfer the race of your headset to your new fork?

Races come with the headset, not with the fork. I say transfer over. You dont' want your bearings against your CFRP on the fork.
That's what I thought, and that's what I plannd on doing, but I wanted some clarification from my shop since it didn't seem to seat properly. When he said go without, that threw me for a loop. And he said it with such confidence, I shudder to think what people are riding around on out there...
 
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