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    Threadless headset with loose ball bearings - why not?

    I know the sealed cartridge bearings are easier to install, may last longer without upkeep and such but they are also twice as expensive at minimum. I'm converting to threadless and see that loose ball bearing headsets can be had for under $20. My threaded loose ball has lasted fine, even without maintenance.

    Any reason to avoid these? I'm updating a C&V bike with carbon fork and threadless stem and am on a budget. maybe I can upgrade when it wears out.
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    If you're on a budget, then figure in a shorter maintanence inetrval than usual. You'll be fine. Hell i'd recommend the a $25 MSRP Cane creek SC-1 with cart b earigns.
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    cause they would be a pain.
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    How much of a pain are they really? I don't find the threaded traditional headsets to be hard to work with. Are you just referring to the need for maintenance?
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    no, i'm talking installing them in the first place. I just installed a headset about an hour ago, and I really liked how the bearings were caged.

    both ways work, but if i have my pick I'll go with caged bearings simply becuase it's easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nahh View Post
    no, i'm talking installing them in the first place. I just installed a headset about an hour ago, and I really liked how the bearings were caged.

    both ways work, but if i have my pick I'll go with caged bearings simply becuase it's easier.

    Caged bearings are NOT sealed cartridge bearings. That is another discussion.

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    I know the difference between caged and loose and cartridge and I see how some are easier than others. I'm just thinking that I could save about $30 by going with loose ball bearings while still benefiting from threadless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
    I know the difference between caged and loose and cartridge and I see how some are easier than others. I'm just thinking that I could save about $30 by going with loose ball bearings while still benefiting from threadless.
    Then why not?

    There are caged ball bearings in service out there that haven't been repacked in ages. The headset is a relatively trivial component for most cyclists.
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    Yeah, I think I'll save the $ and go with BB.
    I just didn't know if there was some major downside I wasn't aware of.
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