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Removing the steerer screw, I was able to tighten the steerer nut enough to remove the play in the front end I was having so that looks to be the problem. The steerer screw in my assembly is not the correct one - it's too long - I need a sterrer screw that is....probably 3-5mm shorter. I've lost my caliper so I can't give an exact measurement of the size of the steerer screw I have, but holding the ole tape measure to it, it looks to be about 5/16" in length. Hopefully Felt has one that is shorter?
If so, should I go thru my local Felt dealer to see if they have one or just call Felt USA for the part - I can do the installation myself...unless you want me to work thru a dealer.
Thanks so much for your help!!
I really think you should take the frameset to a Felt retailer to have it assembled and double checked that all the correct parts are there, in order, torqued, etc...
Any Felt dealer can order these parts.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
Is there any way to tell what headset bearings your DA frame/fork combo is supposed to have (Cane Creek or FSA)?
I looked all over my bearings (2009 DA) and there were no markings on the bearings.
.....and I drove to my Felt Dealer today to have them look at the frame.....they were closed! What shop picks Tuesday as the day of the week to be closed???
Will try again tomorrow
3 months ago, I bought a Felt DA from a friend of mine. He told me that I would need to take it to a LBS to have the forks adjusted because there was a little play in them.(which was more than a little) My LBS here in Fort Myers said to bring it over and they would fix it. Well, they couldn't figure out how to get it apart. Not real reassuring. So I looked up a Felt authorized service repair shop and took it there. Guess what, they couldn't figure out how to get the play out. They were able to make it a tad better, but still not race ready. I got on these forums and read and read and read and found no solution. I have been around bikes my whole life and thought about taking it apart myself but didn't want to risk not being able to get it back together before the race. Well, more reading and watching the videos and studying the pdf diagrams from Felt, I had no choice but to dig in.
It took me all of about 20 minutes to figure out where exactly the problem is. The actual problem is that the Steerer Shaft (the part that is actually supposed to be machined to the fork body) is pulling up/out of the fork body. This then causes the bearings to become loose against the races causing the play. Yes, you can tighten the Steerer Nut down which tightens the bearings and races. However, hit a decent sized bump and wha la, loose again.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that many of the folks in these forums that have been complaining (and rightfully so) about this same mysterious problem, are/were having this very same issue.
If you look in the hole on the backside of the fork (where you access the front caliper bolt), you may very well see that it is difficult to access the caliper bolt due to the base of the steerer shaft either lifted, turned or both. I had to put a cresent wrench on the base of the steerer shaft and turn it slightly counter clockwise to get the hole to line up horizontally. Then I had to use a rubber mallot to tap the steerer tube back down into the fork body.
I realize that this was a bit long winded but I didn't see anything like this in any of the other forums and wanted to try to save other fellow Felt riders from this same nightmare.
Super Dave, have you heard of this before or know of a solution to the problem?
Additionally, if there is no fix, is there a different fork that would fit my DA that would match my bike and not come loose all the time?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
1.) Get the new Bayonet 2 Devox fork. This fork was redesigned completely and has zero problems. Its expensive but is an awesome fork and is meant for your bike.
2.) Buy and aftermarket carbon fork. Easton forks work just fine and are very lightweight and durable.
Get rid of that old system. It was good in theory but has always given people problems. Get a sure fix you dont have to mess with.
I have the II which is a different design and has the problem of always having a little bit of play.
After many attempts of fixing in myself, contacting Felt many times, sending the bike to a felt dealer several times and then Felt promising to send me new parts top fix the problem (which they NEVER did), I've just given up and although it's quite annoying knowing the problem is still there....the bike is rideable.
I'm almost certain the problem is the Steerer Lock Screw is about 1-3mm too thick. I "think" when the system is locked down, it will not tighten enough due to the thickness of the lock screw - could be wrong, but that's my unengineered guess.