I am worried that my steerer is damaged and don’t really know what to do, because I feel insecure riding my bike now. I hope maybe you can help me to determine what I should do.
I was at a bikefit and apparently my stem has to be set way lower than it is by default. So I took out some spacers and because of the pin-system, they couldn’t be placed above the stem, so I left the part of the steerer above the stem blank.
I rode some time (quite hard) for a few weeks until I felt like this was a good position and looked up the manual because I wanted to gather information regarding the whole build up, for finally shortening the fork steerer.
I discovered, that the manufacturer explicitly states to NOT leave space above the stem (even with spacers) because it damages the steerer tube. (Most likely because the compression device isn’t long enough to work against the stem pressure there.)
Also I red a lot of things on the net from bike manufacturers explaining how sensitive those carbon steerers are to pressure. And now I am feeling unsafe riding my bike, even though there are no visible errors, but I also read carbon doesn’t tend to show signs of damage.
I would change the fork ASAP, but apparently, there are no forks with 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 anymore, at least not in my region or online.
Should I be so worried? I mean are all those saying from bike companies and mechanics made up?
please help :( I wanna ride again but I am very confused.