We've had a few customers recently email about procuring a new fork because the steerer was cut too short during assembly, so here's a few tips to get your new bike set up as easily as possible.
Our Campeur and Polyvalent framesets use a threaded headset. The fork that comes with your VO frame is specially designed, measured, and threaded for that particular frame size. We have gone through painstaking efforts ensure the assembly of these frames goes as smooth as possible. You can install your headset, brake hanger, thin spacers, and decaleur if you so choose without any cutting. There is no reason to cut your VO threaded steerer.
If you use a quill stem like the VO or Grand Cru, which uses a single bolt to clamp to the handlebars, install your brake levers and shifters, wrap half or none of your bars. That way you can shift things around, swap stem lengths, and adjust positions without having to wrap and unwrap your handlebars each time. Just remember to plug the ends of the handlebar. I’m willing to bet you don’t want a fresh core sample of your abdomen should you take a fall while trying out your new setup.
For Pass Hunter and soon-to-arrive Camargue, the fork is of the threadless variety. This means that you will need to cut the steerer once you have the headset installed, and stem and bars in a position you’re comfortable with. Remember, you can take metal off, but you can’t put it back on! Many, including myself, leave a small stack of spacers on top of your stem just in case you wanted to bring your bars a bit higher. The tool we use for a clean, uniform cut is the Park Tool SG-6 Threadless Saw Guide.
Do you have any tips for bike setup that would make life easier?