I'm building a Frankenstein fixie from a variety of parts lying around and have run into a problem with my forks/steerer. I suspect this is because the frame that the forks were taken from had a semi-integrated system (I think that's the right terminology - when you remove the fork, the ball-bearings are exposed), whereas on the new frame the bearings are enclosed.
Anyway, other than the ridiculous aesthetics and maybe some exposure to grime, there is this looseness to the assembly that causes a clunk on bumpy roads and a bit of wobble during normal riding that I can't get rid of at the risk of over-tightening the whole assembly.
The reason I'm still posting this question is: 1. Is it even possible to use these two incompatible systems and is there a generally accepted way to to it? 2. If I'm ordering a new headset based on this configuration am I more concerned about the frame specs or the fork specs?
Thanks for your (gentle) answers – I'm a rank amateur with only a handful of builds under my belt!