Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
The tightness of the steering stem bearing is tough to quantify. My '04 met the spec when the front end was pulled around with a spring scale and there was no wobble to feel when it was on the stand, but that bike gave a new meaning to "adventure" riding when going fast downhill in a crosswind. I tightened the bearing by feel, and the bike became stable and secure. These bearings must not be used as a damper, and must not be tightened so much that resistance to turning is felt, but the bike can't ride right if they're loose.
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