Front wheel feels "slippy"

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Brucey
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Re: Front wheel feels "slippy"

Postby Brucey » 20 Oct 2017, 4:48pm

ah yes, 'indexed steering', that fantastic innovation that has revolutionised cycling.... :wink:

This is almost always caused by too few ball bearings and/or too much preload on the bearings. Regardless of headset type, adjust the headset so that everything is tightened properly and there is still a little free play in the bearings. Then adjust the headset a tiny fraction more and the first time there is no free play when you check it, you are done.

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Tigerbiten
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Re: Front wheel feels "slippy"

Postby Tigerbiten » 20 Oct 2017, 5:13pm

I've had that 'indexed steering' on my recumbent trike when the headsets preload was setup to high.
As long as the bearing are not damaged, then slackening the headset a fraction removes the indexing.
But as it's been two years before this started, I'd look at getting new bearings.

Brucey
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Re: Front wheel feels "slippy"

Postby Brucey » 20 Oct 2017, 8:42pm

if the headset is a conventional one then replacing clipped with loose balls and turning the crown race to a new location is often enough to restore function, even if it is quite badly indented.

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