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Old 01-31-07, 09:20 PM   #1
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Headset and stem - Road vs. mtb

I'm in the market for a 1 1/8" threadless headset, and a stem. The primary shopping criteria is "cheap". When browsing eBay and Craigslist for deals, is there any real difference between threadless headsets and stems marketed as "Road" or "Mountain"?

I sometimes find it's more trouble than it's worth to try and source stuff on eBay/CL; can someone make a recommendation for innexpensive headsets if I decide to buy new?

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P.S. I do realize the stem needs to have the proper clamp diameter for my bars.
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The difference, as you suspected, is the handlebar clamp size.
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The difference, as you suspected, is the handlebar clamp size.
How about headsets - Can I just use any 1 1/8" headset my little heart desires? Is it that simple? (admittedly disregarding arguments about quality)

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With headsets, up to a certain price point, you get what you pay for so don't go too cheap there...
As far as stems, you can find bargain stems everywhere....
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How about headsets - Can I just use any 1 1/8" headset my little heart desires? Is it that simple? (admittedly disregarding arguments about quality)

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as long as the crown race diameter matches your fork.
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Have to agree with headset cost. I have a $10 Nashbar headset on my fixie and I cannot adjust it correctly - either too tight or too loose. I'm newly converted to the opinion that any part with bearings needs to be quality.
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My gut tells me that decent mountain headsets will have better seals than the same priced road headsets, at the cost of a little more drag. I could be totally off on this however.
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Have to agree with headset cost. I have a $10 Nashbar headset on my fixie and I cannot adjust it correctly - either too tight or too loose. I'm newly converted to the opinion that any part with bearings needs to be quality.
I have a $15 (I must have gotten the delux version. ) Nashbar 1" cartridge bearing threaded headset on my rain/beater/errand bike and, after three years and about 6000 miles of abuse and bad weather, it is still smooth and quiet and has held it's adjustment perfectly.
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