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Tapered headset question 3 years 6 months ago #397

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I've acquired a set of forks that have a tapered steerer tube, the bike I want to put them on has a non-tapered head tube. Is there an adaptive headset on the market that will accommodate this? I know it's possible with a tapered head tube and straight steerer tube, but was wondering if the reverse is possible and if anyone is running such a combination.

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Tapered headset question 3 years 6 months ago #398

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Not sure it's possible that way round Dave. The widest part of the tapered forks is usually physically wider than your steerer tube if you normally run 1-1/8th.
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Tapered headset question 3 years 6 months ago #399

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Mr Incredulous wrote:
Not sure it's possible that way round Dave. The widest part of the tapered forks is usually physically wider than your steerer tube if you normally run 1-1/8th.
I thought I read somewhere that you could get a headset that sat the lower set of bearings outside the head tube, obviously adds a little bit of height as well.
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Tapered headset question 3 years 6 months ago #400

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Think I just found what I'm looking for, it's called a 'Zero stack' headset

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Tapered headset question 3 years 6 months ago #401

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I think the only way you can if a tapered forks into a straight headtube is if your headtube is a straight 1.5 inch one like they have on the old Cannondale. :unsure:
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Tapered headset question 3 years 6 months ago #454

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If the headtube on your frame is 1/1/8 it won't fit.
If your headtube on your frame is 1.5 it will fit but you will need to buy a standard 1.5 lower headset cup and a 1.5 to 1/1/8 step down upper headset cup. Hope sell these and so do a lot of other companies.


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Tapered headset question 3 years 5 months ago #669

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mikhar wrote:
If the headtube on your frame is 1/1/8 it won't fit.
If your headtube on your frame is 1.5 it will fit but you will need to buy a standard 1.5 lower headset cup and a 1.5 to 1/1/8 step down upper headset cup. Hope sell these and so do a lot of other companies.


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Nope I think you're wrong, according to Chain Reaction I can keep the upper half of my existing headset and replace the lower half with a Cane Creek 40-Series EC44-40 Bottom Assembly or I can replace the whole headset with a Nukeproof Warhead 44IETS Headset
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Tapered headset question 3 years 2 months ago #943

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For anyone that is interested I managed to run a tapered fork in a straight head tube using a Hope 'H' bottom cup (See this diagram). It adds a little height to the stack but you can keep your top-cup from your existing headset.
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