Are there options for upgrading an old style headset with a newer lighter one?
oldstlye as in 1''?
canecreek makes 1'' sealed headsets but youd have to get a 1'' fork that isnt threaded....IF thats what your talking about
More details, please.
The answer is probably yes, and my commentary in any case is that it isn't worth it unless you're trying to set a record up the Alpe d'Huez or something.
Threaded or threadless? 1" or 1-1/8"? Stack height limitations?
well, its an old schwinn, I have totaled it, along with another, newer bike, that I want to take the components off and use and sell the frame. the new bike is a lemond fillmore, but I don't know if I could swap the headset from that to my 80' continental.
I know it seems like blasphemy to some ppl, but I have no money to get a new bike, and I need to make a good one from the 2 I got, so do you think I could take the headset from the lemond and fit it to the schwinn?
Plase allow me to piggy back the thread:
I have a 73-74 Lambert (of England) classic old racer in great shape. I found it this past weekend at a local antiques/flea market for just $70 dlls. Had to have it, knowing itís becoming a collectible item. Size comes about 54 cms.
Right know Iím debating between restoration or a fixed project. At any rate, it still sports the unfamous aluminum alloy cast fork (Death Fork) which is going to have to go (fork itself is a collectible item because they were recalled 3 yrs later after production).
If I decide to go the fix route Iíd like to replace it with a 1Ē carbon fork and matching headset. I believe it may be doable since Iíve see it done here on BF but usually I donít mix new and old techs, am I asking for trouble or can it be done with some reasonable efforts.
BTW it has long semi-horizontal dropouts.
Thanks in advance.
Fixter, the answer is probably not...while I am not familiar with the exact models you are working with, I'd put a nickel or two on the Schwinn having one-piece crank American dimensions and the Lemond having ISO dimensions of some sort. The two are not compatible.
You could, however, put a BMX headset on the Schwinn if it is of the one-piece crank persuasion. These can be cheap - the last one I bought was the Odyssey Dynatron ($8).
Spinerguy, for your Lambert the important measurement is the inside diameter of the head tube. If you can get a headset that both presses correctly into the head tube and fits a suitable fork, you're home free. (You'll need a new stem too, of course, if the size of the steerer is different from before. The steerer is the part of the fork that is hidden.)