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Old 08-01-05, 01:09 PM   #1
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Remove old/install new headet - fair LBS labor charge?

Just found out on inspection of my bike that the lower headset race (on the top of the fork crown) has a hairline crack. I therefore need my LBS to replace the entire headset. The HS is Dura Ace and I has found that an online price is around $80. I understand that I should expect to pay more for local service but what should I expect to pay for the headset and how much for labor? I know that I *could* install it myself, but I have already made the decision to have a pro do it simply because I dont have the tools and don't want to screw up a good Pinarello Opera frame.

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it is easy- just buy the tools on ebay (you only buy them once) and do it- they are not that expensive
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My LBS did it no charge. I buy whatever I can from them, though. I'd expect $10-20 for labor. If you buy it from them it might be free; depends on your relationship with your LBS....
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it is easy- just buy the tools on ebay (you only buy them once) and do it- they are not that expensive
A (good) headset press is around $100. That's expensive for something you'll use only once or twice. I just also realized you might get away with just replacing the crown race, have you considered that?
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A (good) headset press is around $100. That's expensive for something you'll use only once or twice. I just also realized you might get away with just replacing the crown race, have you considered that?
That's what was going through my head when he said that tools were not that cheap. I probably wouldn't invest in a headset press unless you plan on building bikes, or replace headsets often. But if you are just replacing this headset, I would take it to your shop and have them do it.
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$10-20 soulds like a good price. Some shops won't install parts from the internet, because they can't vouch for the condition and don't want to be held responsible for a failure. Also, Shimano may not honor a warranty on a customer installed part. That said, I install all my own headsets without and trouble. But then, I used to run a bike shop.
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Here's some prices from our local REI:

Remove old headset: $8
Press new headset: $15
Adjust headset: $5
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When I had the LBS swap forks on my bike, which included a headset replacement (old fork was theaded, new fork is threadless) I believe the labor was about $25.
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