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    Senior Member jonwvara's Avatar
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    Raleigh Gran Sport needs a new headset. Which one?

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    The headset on my 1976 Gran Sport is shot. It has three indexed positions--straight ahead, left, or right. The bearings are probably in races and replacing them with loose balls might help, but I think I will likely have to replace it.
    But with what? When I posted photos earlier, the consensus seemed to be that the Campy headset probably wasn't original. The 1976 catalog on Mark Bulgier's site doesn't give a spec for the headset. I have a tendency to replace ailing headsets with cheap ones from Tange, and may do so here again. But still, it would be nice to know what I SHOULD be doing instead. Does anyone have any ideas?
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    I'd go with the Tange Levin. That's what I have on my GS. It's a quality headset at a good price, and looks reasonably period-correct. It also has a stack height that allows use of a cable hanger if that's an issue, at least it did on my installation.

    Prior to that I had a 105. It was a nice HS but didn't really look right and when I switched back to cp brakes I had to ditch it as the stack height didn't work.

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    If the stack height works out, I'd definitely go Tange. Is the fork crown race 26.4 or 27.0? I'd assume the former.

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    Yeah, Tange headsets are hard to beat.

    Here is a picture of the original headset on my Gran Sport. I have no idea who made it but I do like how it looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    Yeah, Tange headsets are hard to beat.

    Here is a picture of the original headset on my Gran Sport. I have no idea who made it but I do like how it looks.

    Way-Assauto?


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