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Old October 18th, 2015, 1:34 PM   #2
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It would change the frame geometry, but wouldn't compromise the integrity of the tube (assuming the head tube isn't butted) as long as the welds are untouched. That being said, you have to make sure that you maintain around 13mm on the bottom end to accommodate your lower stack (so that it won't bottom out against the down tube during insertion). Professional frames are always built with a lower stack height in mind, and I can't imagine a reason for having excess head tube extending below the down tube. So you might not want to face any off the bottom at all, because you could risk ruining the frame.

If I were in your shoes, I'd find a fork with a longer steerer.
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