Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Arlington, VA USA
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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.