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    What is the point of the tapered steerer?

    Starting to collect the items to build up the frame I got on Ebay.

    Do I need to pair a tapered steerer with a specific stem or bars?

    Why are they making tapered steerers?

    I dont get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeed View Post
    Do I need to pair a tapered steerer with a specific stem or bars?
    Yes: the size of stem that fits the steerer. Bars will need to fit the other end of the stem.

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    Why are they making tapered steerers?
    In order to sell more bicycles.
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    Not sure what you mean exactly by tapered steerer, but parts are often tapered when the forces to which they are subjected are higher at one end than the other. This is the case in particular when a part that is fixed at one end is subjected to bending loads.

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    More info please. What is the frame and fork?

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    Check out this auction - tapered steerer

    Quote Originally Posted by DL1 View Post
    Not sure what you mean exactly by tapered steerer, but parts are often tapered when the forces to which they are subjected are higher at one end than the other. This is the case in particular when a part that is fixed at one end is subjected to bending loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeed View Post
    Why are they making tapered steerers?

    I dont get it.
    Tapered steerers make the front end stiffer.
    A while back I decided to ride a bike as often as possible. These are my observations from the saddle, one pedal stroke at a time, on my way to being a better cyclist.

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    The point is to have a bigger bearing at the bottom where the load is bigger. Whether that's necessary or useful is another question.

    Does your frame have the tapered headtube that's made for this fork? They need to match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minutemaidman View Post
    Tapered steerers make the front end stiffer.
    ^^^^This is not just hypothetical, it really does make for a stiffer front end. I think you'll like it. I've put ~1000 miles on a new frame that has a 1.125x1.5 tapered steered and the handling is sweet.

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    I have that same orbea fork on my BMX bike. The front end doesn't feel that much stiffer.

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    Is this the frame? That CSK you posted earlier? Are you sure you know what you are doing?

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    I feel the real reason they came about was to solve the problem of brake squeal with cantilever brakes on carbon forks. Carbon forks were just not rigid enough to resist the flex from cantilevers and the physical limitations of the standard 1 1/8" carbon fork crown were a contributor.

    Otherwise, I never heard anyone complain that 1 1/8" carbon forks weren't stiff enough, until the marketing people told them so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clipped_in View Post
    ^^^^This is not just hypothetical, it really does make for a stiffer front end. I think you'll like it. I've put ~1000 miles on a new frame that has a 1.125x1.5 tapered steered and the handling is sweet.
    I will agree...

    Have a 2008 Tarmac Expert (standard carbon steerer) and a 2010 Tarmac Expert (tapered carbon steerer). The 2010 Tarmac tracks so much straight when sprinting. The bike just goes straight no matter how much I flail away when sprinting...

    I noticed this the first time out on the bike and everytime when I switch between the two...

    BTW I'm using the same powertap wheelset, so that isn't the reason...

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    I love it.

    This is like asking if I should buy a BB30 crankset for "my frame" without saying which frame, and everyone saying "yeah get it"!

    That should work real well on my old fuji...

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    Or if I should get a smaller helmet to save weight.

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    Or if a 30.2 diameter seatpost would be a good choice for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foto View Post
    I love it.

    This is like asking if I should buy a BB30 crankset for "my frame" without saying which frame, and everyone saying "yeah get it"!

    That should work real well on my old fuji...
    I'm with foto on this one............are you sure you should be doing this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWB8s View Post
    More info please. What is the frame and fork?
    The frame is the main part of the bike. Everything else attaches to it.

    The fork is what the front wheel is attached to.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogus View Post
    The frame is the main part of the bike. Everything else attaches to it.

    The fork is what the front wheel is attached to.

    Hope this helps.
    I can see this getting quite interesting.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
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    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogus View Post
    The frame is the main part of the bike. Everything else attaches to it.

    The fork is what the front wheel is attached to.

    Hope this helps.
    but is it stiff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by foto View Post
    Or if a 30.2 diameter seatpost would be a good choice for me.
    it would be. those are the lightest. also the stiffest, yet vertically compliant... or is it laterally compliant? uhhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogus View Post
    The frame is the main part of the bike. Everything else attaches to it.

    The fork is what the front wheel is attached to.

    Hope this helps.
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    It mean it takes a 1 1/8" bearing on top and a 1.5 (1 1/2") bearing on the lower. The steer tube is tapered to fit those sizes. The head tube will match accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foto View Post
    This is like asking if I should buy a BB30 crankset for "my frame" without saying which frame, and everyone saying "yeah get it"!
    there's nothing wrong with square taper.
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    The point of the tapered steerer is usually about 900mm above the stem.

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