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so i just picked up a frame off ebay and the things you can't see in pictures are that the carbon spacers are stuck to the steerer tube. i've heard of this problem before but never personally encountered it. any tricks / advice for how to gently break them free?

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Take the stem off and with front tire off the ground slightly tap gently on top of the steerer tube...gently with your hand or maybe a soft rubber mallet...should pop right off.
 

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It's often a very close running fit, and some of the interlocking spacers make this worse because of imperfect concentricity which effectively shrinks the stacked spacers' ID even more.

Start by removing the expander plug completely, or at lease backing off the wedge to relax it as much as possible. That might allow the steerer to shrink back a bit. Next, gently try to free the interlocking washers one at a time, rather than trying to take off the entire stack as one. If that doesn't work, wet the steerer and let water wick in as a lube, and try gently tapping the steerer down with a rubber mallet, (or hammer using using a block of wood to protect the fork).

Last but not least, if you have one of those PVC grip pads made for opening jars try to grip the spacers and twist them on the steerer and work them off. If you don't have the PVC gizmo, wrap the spacers in an old leather belt and grip them with channelocs and try twisting and work them off.
 
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