I have a new uncut fork and I'm determining the height that I want. We'll see how it goes. I think there may be quite a bit of torque on that steerer so it will probably be cut down in the future.What are the spacers made from?
Why do you have all those spacers, then have your stem flipped? You could have the same handlebar position without flipping the stem and use less spacers.
Thanks JC, you're right, I'll do the edit.I agree with Randy, though I think he means "steerer" where he says "head tube".
I don't think you are being harsh but I agree it looks unsafe. It has 55mm of spacers so it's got to be cut down for sure.I'm not being harsh or giving you grief, just trying to help you be safe.
Edit: I think most companies recommend no more than 40mm of spacers but obviously the fewer the better.
Yeah I didn't know what roll the spacers play in this I was thinking they were cosmetic only. Not the case I guess.Not a good idea. Plastic is compressive. You might not keep consistent pressure on the bearings.
What size did you use?
1-1/4" PVC has a 1.380" ID. Too big.
1" PVC has a 1.049" ID. Too small.
I like the changeability of the stem and more options that are readily available with these stems as well.You did an impressive job, though the whole setup reminds me again how ugly (IMO) threadless stems are compared to the old quill stems. I'm curious why you switched it. I assume it's because you needed a new fork?
Nope, not the case. The spacers are used to adjust the preload on the bearings.Yeah I didn't know what roll the spacers play in this I was thinking they were cosmetic only. Not the case I guess.
Now I'm confused. Is your steerer tube (the fork) 1" or 1 1/8".The pvc I used were the couplers for 1" pvc which have an ID of 1 1/8 which is what most steerers are today. I have a 1" steerer with a converter to 1 1/8 to accept the stem.
Nope, not the case. The spacers are used to adjust the preload on the bearings.
Now I'm confused. Is your steerer tube (the fork) 1" or 1 1/8".
Did you use one of these? If so then yes, the spacers are just cosmetic. In fact you don't even need spacers.
Ahhh now it makes sense. It was hard to tell in the original photo.Yes that is what I used. I have a 1" threaded steerer converted to 1 1/8. If you look closely at the bottom of the shims you will see the headset is the old style and has a screw on shim to preload the headset bearings.
So I can keep the pvc shims then?
So you still have a threaded headset? Then, as the others have said, your spacers are non-functional. So no worries.
Though now I'm really puzzled at the reason for the conversion, since you didn't get the one functional advantage of the threadless headset (simple bearing adjustment).
Oh well, different tastes, I guess.
The colors are nice
Ok you guys know it's pvc but I shouldn't have told you so let's keep it our little secret and they'll never know.Ahhh now it makes sense. It was hard to tell in the original photo.
You can keep the pvc spacers. No harm will come to you. Except perhaps by the fashion police.
Post #2. Question #1: "What are the spacers made from?"Ok you guys know it's pvc but I shouldn't have told you so let's keep it our little secret and they'll never know.