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    Use star nut on carbon fiber steer tube??

    This is my first experience with a 1-1/8 inch steer tube. Can I use a Cane Creek Aheadset with a star nut or must I use a headset with a compression plug?

    I bought the headset at LBS, but didn't specify that the steer tube was carbon. When I checked the popular Zinn book for installation help, it described the use of a headset with a compression plug.

    I bought the fork in the photo used, and it had the silver plug inside, which I removed for the photo. The other (black) headset in the photo is the one I bought at LBS.

    If I need the compresion plug type, any recommendations?
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    I'd use a compression plug....
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    It looks like the silver thing you removed is a compression plug. Just take the cap from the headset and put it between the screw and the top of the plug.

    Compression plugs often come with aftermarket forks, not headsets.

    Don't use the star nut. They are not recommended for carbon steerers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carveitup
    It looks like the silver thing you removed is a compression plug. Just take the cap from the headset and put it between the screw and the top of the plug.

    Compression plugs often come with aftermarket forks, not headsets.

    Don't use the star nut. They are not recommended for carbon steerers.
    That looks like the sort that won't use a normal cap, but a cap with a large threaded extension.

    Definitely do NOT use the star nut. Unless you like having your steerer tube shear off mid-ride, that is. Some people like excitement.

    What kind of fork is it? Different forks require/suggest different methods. I assume that fork required a compression plug, since it had most of one in there. Some require a sleeve that is epoxied into the steerer tube (which sucks arse, btw)

    The compression plugs/caps don't come with the headset....they either come with the fork or are purchased separately. I know Profile has one, FSA has one, and Easton has/had one.

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    Not to threadjack, but it looks like your fork deserves a better headset ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by filtersweep
    Not to threadjack, but it looks like your fork deserves a better headset ;)
    I wasn't going to say that....but thanks for doing so.
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    Thanks all to for the advice.

    I live in a one LBS town and when I asked about a headset, the Cane Creek Aheadset was all they had in the shop. I'm sure that I can return to starnut type I bought. I'll take the fork in to them wht type to get.

    The fork is a Wayless. I'll chech their website for info on heradset installation.

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