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Old 07-11-14, 01:30 PM   #1
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Advice on a relatively inexpensive threaded headset?

I'm building up a vintage Cannondale ST-400 for my wife and need a headset for it. Pretty much everything else other than seatpost and possibly brakes will be able to transfer over from parts I have laying around.

By my measurements, the steerer is 39 mm longer than the head tube. So I'm looking for a 1" ISO threaded headset that's got a maximum 39 mm stack height and preferably runs no more than ~$30 or so. So far, I've seen Tange Passage, Tange Levin, Ritchey Pro Logic, and the Miche Primato with needle bearings that fit that criteria. Any others I should be adding to the list? Of those, does anybody have a preference?

I'd kind of been hoping that I'd have enough room to try one of those sealed bearing headsets, but I haven't seen any of those in less than 42 mm stack height. I'm kind of lazy, so I'd prefer caged bearings to loose, but nothing is absolute along those lines.
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I like Ritchey Logic HSs. This one is $18 and shows a 33 stack height. I am sure you can shop around and get it cheaper or with free shipping.

Unless your looking for CampI or DA $30 can but a real nice HS

Ritchey Logic 1" Threaded Headset, Silver 26.4 crown @ eBikeStop.com

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FSA Duron 1" threaded cartridge (sealed) bearing. $30 to $40 shipped, on e-bay. Available in silver or black. I have one in use; like it!
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Tange Levin.
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Donor 70's-80's Japanese bike. If you have a friendly LBS, check their parts drawers.
I just did this exact upgrade on the headset of my POS GMC Denali.
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I like Ritchey Logic HSs. This one is $18 and shows a 33 stack height. I am sure you can shop around and get it cheaper or with free shipping.

Unless your looking for CampI or DA $30 can but a real nice HS

Ritchey Logic 1" Threaded Headset, Silver 26.4 crown @ eBikeStop.com

I've seen these. Are they shiny, chrome-y silver, or more of a matte gray? Caged or loose balls? Those are kind of in between the Tange Passage and the Levin in price and all 3 are about 33 stack, which would be useful if I decide to go with some Dia Compe 750 (I have at least one in my parts box) instead of Tektro R559 for brakes.
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