Originally Posted by DanitoLaboy
My new Surly Pacer frame came in today
This is going to be my LD/Commuter bike. I will be taking apart my current ride to use some parts out of it but some of the parts i cant re-use. I need advice on what headset to get for this frame? its uses a 1-1/8 threadless. Also what fenders can i use with this frame? according to Surly i can run 700x28 with fenders. Thanks in advance!Attachment 72153
Headset: I'd vote for something with cartridge bearings: Ritchey, Cane Creek, FSA all make suitable units. The cartridge units tend to be smoother running and longer lasting, IME.
Fenders: Honjos are wonderful, last forever (if installed correctly), cost a bundle, are a pain in the butt to install, but worth every penny and minute of frustration. Berthouds are equally durable, a tad heavier (stainless steel vs aluminum), and about half the price ($40 vs. $80). Velo Orange is also bringing in some nice-looking aluminum fenders for $40-50, but that's all I know about them. All of the others are pretty much the same AFAIC: plastic, flimsy and disposable. For 28mm tires you'd want a fender at least 40mm wide. Anything wider than 45mm probably wouldn't fit your Pacer. FWIW, I've got 43mm Honjos on my brevet bike, and will never willingly use plastic fenders again.