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I just installed a new Bontrager stem on my bike and now the suspension forks's steering tube is about 1/2 inch shy of the top of the stem clamp. I've tightened the 2 stem clamp screws down and it seems to hold well, but........a few questions...

(1) Is this a serious problem (vs something I can ignore and live with)?

(2) Short of getting a new fork, can I replace the fork's steering tube alone? (It's a circa 2000 Marzocchi Atom Bomber)


Thoughts, opinions, ideas, suggestions, solutions welcome.
 

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I think 1/2" is a little too much. A 1/4" maybe, but not 1/2. I think 2-4mm is ideal.

Marzocchi should be able to press in a new steerer tube for you.

I'm assuming you're not running any spacers, so there's none to take out.

Another option might be to try and find a stem with a shorter stack height. Like maybe find the same brand your old stem was, but in the new rise/length you want.

Personally, I would do something to remedy the situation. Either have Marz put on a new steerer for you, or try a different stem. Others might say different.

Good luck!
 
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