I notice that my fork is squeezed together when I tighten the quick release mechanism. Is it possible then to over torque the quick release and squeeze the fork too close together?

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    Please post a picture. The wheel should stop the fork from moving much. If there is a lot of play something is wrong.
    – paparazzo
    Dec 18, 2014 at 0:07
  • There's not a lot of play. But the fork does visibly move a few mm when tightening the quick release.
    – Dissenter
    Dec 18, 2014 at 0:09
  • Sounds like you lost a spacer while adjusting your cones. If you don't like the gap just stick an appropriate spacer/s in between your cone and lock nut. You could even use a washer if you can't find anything else.
    – ShemSeger
    Dec 18, 2014 at 20:34

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Unless you're standing on it, probably not, especially if its an external/exposed cam style quick release

I'm assuming what you're seeing is just the legs coming in a little bit as the spacing is slightly wider than 100mm. As long as it's just a couple of mm, I woudn't worry about it.

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    It is quite normal for a fork, any fork to be 1 or 2mm wider than the required 100mm. When the QR release closes the elasticity of the fork takes it up. Anyway the fork flexes more than that during a ride.
    – Carel
    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:48
  • I would measure both the fork and the hub to check if one of them is too much out of spec.
    – Jahaziel
    Dec 18, 2014 at 15:29
  • This is actually the norm for both forks AND frames. Dec 18, 2014 at 17:26

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