Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
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Following on from Expatriate's comments, I discovered to my surprise and delight last year that the bearing cartridges in my Cane Creek C2 headset were replaceable items. This inexpensive repair saved all the trauma of installing new cups in the frame and the fork crown seat, all of which were undamaged.
The expensive stuff is well made, and to some has that "bling" factor which I find so elusive. The integrated and internal headsets have a modern, aesthetic appeal, but have their critics. Any headset that is actually part of the frame means that headset damage=frame damage, not a great situation.
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.