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    headset question??? how can i tell the difference??

    Hey All,

    Im trying to piece together a road bike and I see there are multiple types of headsets, (i.e. threadless, integrated). How can I tell which type of headset i need? I have a 2002 Specialized S-Works E5 frameset if that helps.

    Thanks All

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    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Road&Type=bike
    Your headset: 1" threadless Specialized Mind Set SP-5

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy View Post
    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Road&Type=bike
    Your headset: 1" threadless Specialized Mind Set SP-5
    In English, it's an integrated headset. Unfortunately, it's also proprietary. Here's a work around.
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