Working on my first build and still picking out the major components. Right now trying to get my headset sorted--the frame takes a 1-1/8" threadless. My guy at the LBS had me pretty sold on getting a Chris King, but encouraged me to do a little bit more research, at which point I stumbled across the Velo Orange Grand Cru. I'll admit that half the appeal is aesthetic (shiny! pretty!), but the reviews I've seen seem pretty positive, and the guy at VO I emailed said that the only plastic bit was "the little plastic piece that goes on top of the bolt that goes into the star nuts to preload the headset." It's also 1/3-1/2 the cost of the King, which for a grad student holds some appeal. So would I be foolish to get seduced by shiny chrome and a cheaper price and forsake going for top-of-the-line?