Seen and read much praise about SystemSix frames here. And then, quite unexpectedly, I managed to get one locally, cheaply. The painting is in clean condition, just minor chips near the BB bearings. It’s a stunning ride, thanks for introducing me to SystemSix
It’s problably a 2007 model, see crappy photo, please. Proper photo after the build is finished
It came with starnut installed in the (carbon) fork steerer. From what I read about first SystemSix frames and how it looks, it was like that from the factory.
But there’s a little problem, maybe. The starnut is pushed too much down in the fork. It’s just under the stem and the top cap bolt is screwed about 1cm in it (dark part of the thread on the bolt).
I can still tighten the headset well, there is no problem. I am just worried whether any problem may surface from riding this.
So, I thought about leaving the starnut there (not WW solution, but safety first) and use the KP017 compression plug
from my previous CAAD10. However, that would not fit in, the starnut is not that much inside for that.
I don’t want to pull the starnut out of the steerer, as it may destroy the steerer. If I had to use the compression plug, I thought about pushing the starnut further down to make space for the compression plug. But, would it not damage the steerer as well? Do I have to worry about it or just use it like it is? Unfortunately, I don’t need to lower my stack for now, so I ignore option of cutting the fork and getting nearer the starnut.
Many questions, here I summarize:
- Is it correct that SystemSix frame came with starnut installed in the carbon fork steerer?
- Is the starnut pushed too much down and should be a bit higher?
- Headset is still tight, so, ride it like it is? For now I do.
- Push it further down and use the compression plug instead?
- Source a new SystemSix fork, hope for no starnut inside, and just use the compression plug?
Current setup of the headset spacers is: two SystemSix carbon and aluminium cone spacers (30mm stack), Deda SuperZero stem (35mm stack), 5mm spacer to make room for tightening (because of the stem having not the standard 40mm stack).