Ahead stem question

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  • Did try a search. ..

    Basically I need to align the stem with the front wheel (lbs managed to set it at a slight angle) so do I need to loosen the top cap first or can I just loosen the stem on it's own? Only been using quils up until now


  • Loosen the side bolts. Likely not to need to touch the pre-load (top) bolt.

  • loosen them off gently
    don't loosen just the one bolt completely and then move on to the next ... release the pressure slowly
    little by little or you risk cracking the metal as one bolt takes all the pressure

  • When it comes to loosening the stem, it doesn't matter if you loosen the stem pinch bolts or top cap first. But when it comes to doing it up again, it's important to tighten the top cap first before doing up the pinch bolts. If you do it other way round, you risk leaving a (small) gap between the stem and the spacer below, which will make the headset loose.

  • Ok cheers so ill just carefully loosen the stem pinch bolts, rotate stem and re-torque. No play in the headset at moment so will do the top bolt only if I feel play.

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Ahead stem question

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