Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: DC / Maryland suburbs
Bikes: Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
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I think the headset design changed because modern forks have a recessed area for the brake bolt spacer, whereas older road bike brakes used a spacer that sat on the outside. With the new brakes, the extra clearance of the old headsets isn't needed. So... I'm not sure if there are any headsets still made with the old style. On the other hand, I am kind of surprised that the old-style brakes won't fit at all with the new headsets. The clearance might be pretty tight, but have you actually tried it or measured it? I'm thinking if you added a washer or two to the brake bolt, you could definitely get enough clearance.