The headset is missing parts. You shouldn't be able to see the bearings.
really? I'm won't be riding this bike because I want to change some bits here and there first. I shouldn't care too much about the headset then...
do you have any info on this headset by any chance?
Hey don't start going wild! An intact brand new Impact is worth 25€ at least - but only if it's got a crown race!!! Well spotted Noah! I would take that bike straight back to the shop and ask them why they sold you a bike as NOS with no crown race. Get a bit of money back, whydoncha?
The picture below is a 94 Control Centre, but it's the same design as the Impact. The part on the left is the lower assembly and the bit with a chip out of it is the crown race that ought to be there for your bearings to play crown race games with. Seriously though, you can't sell a bike with no crown race, that's serious negligence, they ought to be embarrassed.
Incidentally I didn't comment on your serial number. I am a bit puzzled by it. F9110289 would normally suggest a bike built in the Fairly works in 1989, possibly November, but I think we can rule that out. I have seen a couple of other bikes with F9 instead of plain old F, which may signify a particular part of the Fairly works for all I know. So maybe it's the third digit that says the build date this time, in which case 11 is consistent with it being either a late 91 or early 92 model. I still suspect that it's an Explosif Pro and Explosif Pros were custom paint jobs on 91 Explosif frames.
Anthony and Noah, thank you very much for the information.
I'll try to get some money back from the shop owner, I'd rather do that than leave the bike with him for a crown race (now I now what that is) replacement and possibly find tool marks in the front area when I collect it.
The bike has got a sticker saying Made in Taiwan. (I guess that's only the frame)
It's amazing how much I'm learning, in a very short time, about bikes through this forum and through this thread in particular.
Just one question, any recommendations on a short travel modern-ish set of forks for this particular geometry?