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Hissatsu Jitensha-nin
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Just picked up a MC1 for my Fervor thinking "Hey, it's basically a Rascal-it should fit." Wrong! The height on the stem is way too high. :madman: Would it be heresy to cut down the stem or should I just give up on this piece of nostalgia (the MC1) and chalk it up to bad planning? It still has the stock fork, so what have I overlooked?
 

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Which fork are you using?

I had a similar problem using the original fork. I've had this bike since new. I originally ran it with a suspension fork, but recently decided to convert it to rigid. I've had a matching mc1 sitting around for years. Finally got around to trying it out a few weeks ago. Stem will not drop low enough into the steerer tube. The fork steerer is reamed out only so far.

Ended up cutting the stem shorter to make it all work.

 

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fervor_1 said:
Which fork are you using?

Still using the stock fork.

I had a similar problem using the original fork. I've had this bike since new. I originally ran it with a suspension fork, but recently decided to convert it to rigid. I've had a matching mc1 sitting around for years. Finally got around to trying it out a few weeks ago. Stem will not drop low enough into the steerer tube. The fork steerer is reamed out only so far.

Ended up cutting the stem shorter to make it all work.

That looks like my only option. Is yours a stock fork? The reason I'm asking is because the quill rod is far too small a diameter to secure in the tube. Did you use the stock bolt that came with your MC1?

BTW Nice ride:thumbsup: .
 

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longfinkillie said:
That looks like my only option. Is yours a stock fork? The reason I'm asking is because the quill rod is far too small a diameter to secure in the tube. Did you use the stock bolt that came with your MC1?

BTW Nice ride:thumbsup: .
Yup, that's the stock spinner fork. I had not issues getting the stem to secure itself. Take a picture of what you have.
 

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Here's my project:

NOTE: this is an old picture, I have long since chucked that saddle in the fire and dropped the stem another 5 feet.:D

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I did a little experiment and pulled out the Zoom stem and compared the bolts. The Zoom is way thicker than the MC1 bolt. Then there's the matter of navigating around the wedge in the steerer tube...
 

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Perhaps it's a problem with the small (short head tube) frame sizes...

I've run several stems on my Fervor over the years, never had any trouble, but then again, none were MCs.

"navigating around the wedge in the steerer tube"??? Not sure what you mean.

Is this stuck wedge your problem? The reason for the MC not dropping down far enough?

If the old wedge is stuck, turn the bike over, thread in a long enough bolt, and bang it out. Or use a hard wooden dowel. Use oil if it's frozen...Spinner forks have fender bosses on the bottom inside of the steerer, so you have to remove it from the top.
 

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You both were spot on! The wedge was frozen in my steerer tube (trying to work on my bike in a dark apt.) AND the stem was too long! Got some work to do. Post pics as soon as done.

Sigh....I gave up. Took it to "The Wolf" as I'd like to call him.

Not the prettiest, but it works. A big thanks to James at the LBS who spotted out that I ran out of threading on the bolt, so it wouldn't stay fixed in the steering tube. So he threw on some spacers to give the bolt the lift it needed to wedge in to. "Prettay Prettay " smart. Staring at the top of the MC1 with that little bit of bolt staring out at me took a little getting used to but compared to it's stock Zoom and that HUGE gaping hole it had...this is much better.

 
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