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    Headset Choice

    In the latest in my recent series of posts about buying and building up a frae to replace one th giot creamed in a car accident, I am about ready to press the button on frame ourchase and just need to decide on headset. As I noted in recent post, I reusing my old fork but headtube of new frame is 2cm longer than on the old bike. In addition, my old headset -- low end aheadset made, I think, by dia compe -- has a pretty small stack height (less than 25mm); I could proably reuse it but itys looking pretty worn so I am just going to replace it. When I do the math, despite longer HT and small height of previous headset, I should be okay with a headset < 28mm. I dont plan to spend alot because my old headset was not high end and worked just fine. So I am looking at:

    -- Cane Creek SC line (generally stack heights of 27mm or so)
    -- FSA MAllet (26mm stack height).
    -- Aheadset of some sort available on ebay (looks identical to my current headset so I am thinking 25ishmm).

    So two questions:

    1. FSA Mallet is "heavy duty" which I gather means it has larger bottom bearings than on top. Is this something that will be an issue on a road bike (I think not, but I thought I'd check).

    2. Can anyone recommend a relatively inexpensive headset (<$50) with a stack height under 28mm?

    I have decided, by the way, to get a Soma Smoothie in Deep Sea Blue. I was leaning toward Soma ES primarily because I was only finding Smoothie's in white, which I did not like. However, I took another look at Smoothie because I wasn't thrilled about the more relaxed ES geometry. I dicovered that Soma offers 58CM Smoothie is Blue, which is my size. Then I found a few other sites carrying 58CM smoothie in "deep Sea Blue". So Thats what I am going with.
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    Well if the bike was a totaled, I wouldn't want to be on the old fork. And the other reason would be that the new frame has a different geometry and would want a fork to compliment the new frame. Some of the newer frames have an integrated headset and that is proprietary to the frame, so frame set first then headset.

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    you can find relatively inexpensive headsets on amz
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    I know you can get a touring frame and fork cheap from Nashbar but the only thing is, you'd have to contact them to find out exactly what deal they're offering now. Sometimes I read they're selling the touring frame with the fork, sometimes it's not combined with the frame. Anyway, it's just an idea. I know chainreactioncycles dot com also has various frames on sale and the shipping to North America is cheap despite them being in England.

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    My new blue Soma Smoothie frame is on the way, and I got a good price on ebay a Cane Creek S8 headset so that is on the way too. It has 27mm stack, frame as 172mm HT and my stem clamp is 40mm. My steerer is 252mm, so if my math is right, 1.5cm of spacers between stem and headset should get me the 2-3 mm I need between top of stem and the steerer so top cap can do its thing. Newbikeman, as regards my fork, it was not damaged in the accident; only the rear triangle of the frame was even touched in the accident (damage was to derailleur hanger and dropouts and one seat stay). I also have new Ritchey stem coming (TT is a bit longer on smoothie than on my 57cm Jamis so am going with 100mm stem vice my old 110). Let the building begin.
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