Troubleshooting headset/crown OLTRE XR4

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stang1
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by stang1

Hi All,

Recently I managed to get a hold of a XR4 as a gift and boy, the build is nice.

Unfortunately I am having issue with trouble shooting the headset problem. The headset/crown itself is not sitting flush, and it is the stock headset/crown that came with the bike frame. Nothing has been changed as of now other than the group set components. Any solutions would be greatly appreciated.

So far :

1) I have asked a mate at TDU to ask the limited english speaking mechanics. They have provided a quick solution ; " A special headset from FSA " but unable to elaborate anymore other than to ring distributor in AUS. They are unable to sell/supply one as well so thats a bummer.

2) I have thrawled the webs and it appears that it may be paint scheme specific, the other colours seem to have a nice finish/flush of the crown and fork but not for my matte/celeste frame. Although there is this minority of my paint scheme that has it flush.

3) The Headset/Crown itself has been installed correctly and checked over by 2-3 different shops but everyone intially thought it was the crown not sitting right. The bianchi headset as per internet specs, comes with FSA 33 (44E) Headset.

Should I try an Alternative Headset/Crown bearing ? My main concern is washing the bike and water getting into the bearings.
Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.

Attached are pictures.

1) My Bianchi Headset / Crown issue
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2) Bianchi XR4 for SHIMANO GROUPSET DEMO @ TDU
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3) Bianchi Oltre XR4 at TDU
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4) Bianchi Oltre XR4 pics from the net.
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Shrike
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by Shrike

Did you try Bianchi or are you afraid of their spectacularly shite after-sales service :D

stang1
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by stang1

Shrike wrote:Did you try Bianchi or are you afraid of their spectacularly shite after-sales service :D


Ive sent an email off. And am waiting. Patiently.

mattr
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by mattr

It won't make any appreciable difference to water in the bearings.

Unless they are spectacularly poor bearings (completely unsealed, and fitted dry).

It just looks carp.

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ku_hi
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by ku_hi

stang1 wrote:
Shrike wrote:Did you try Bianchi or are you afraid of their spectacularly shite after-sales service :D


Ive sent an email off. And am waiting. Patiently.


Dont expect to hear them soon.
I am in process of warranty with Bianchi for my cracked Infinito CV frame and shortest story is - nightmare.
Good luck.
You only live twice

Shrike
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by Shrike

ku_hi wrote:
stang1 wrote:
Shrike wrote:Did you try Bianchi or are you afraid of their spectacularly shite after-sales service :D


Ive sent an email off. And am waiting. Patiently.


Dont expect to hear them soon.
I am in process of warranty with Bianchi for my cracked Infinito CV frame and shortest story is - nightmare.
Good luck.


Bianchi warranty = try to sell you a new frame at retail price :lol:

Valbrona
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by Valbrona

Retrieve bottom bearing and measure its height if the dimensions are not given on the bearing itself. Buy a bearing that is 1 or 2mm shallower depth and try.

And likewise, bearing collets, ie. the bit on top of the crown, also come in different depths.

stang1
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by stang1

Valbrona wrote:Retrieve bottom bearing and measure its height if the dimensions are not given on the bearing itself. Buy a bearing that is 1 or 2mm shallower depth and try.

And likewise, bearing collets, ie. the bit on top of the crown, also come in different depths.


I am in the process of doing that, finding a shallower depth.

ronczar
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by ronczar

This is the model that is on my XR4

FSA
SL BEARING ACB 45°X45° MR082R FOR 1"1/4 STEERER

http://shop.fullspeedahead.com/en/sl-bearing-acb-45-x45-mr082r-for-1-1-4-steerer

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