I'm replacing the fork on my Giant Defy 3 (2013) road bike. Since I couldn't find an exact replacement for the Overdrive taper, I chose a straight 1-1/8" fork, and ordered some new parts to make it fit. When I test fit the new fork, it has noticeably more resistance than the original when steering. Other than that, it looks like it fits and works well. So I'm wondering how much resistance is normal here?
Bontrager XXX light carbon fork straight 1-1/8"
Cane Creek 110 series crown race 1-1/8"
Cane Creek ZN40 bearing 41mm
Cane Creek Lower Integrated Head Tube Adapter (Converts 47mm to 41mm)
The new crown race has a rubber seal which the original did not have. Maybe this rubbing on the head tube is causing the resistance.