Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
I once purchased a Chris King for a 1" steerer tubed bike. It was a nice headset, or so I was told.
When I swapped frames, I could not use the CC on the new frame, for assorted reasons and went with an Ultegra sealed.
The CC was about $100 (mid 90's). The Ultegra about $25.
I could not tell any perceivable difference, other then the Ultegra was easier to install. Both would have outlasted the frame, given that the typical roadie might go thru a new road bike every 10 years or so, at least.
I'm now of the opinion that a lot of this crap - cassettes, chains, headsets, stems, h-bars, pedals among others, are a waste of money for boutique level and certainly Dura-Ace level. Best value is the Shimano 105 stuff an the Campy/SRAM equivalent.