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View Poll Results: Should I replace my headset at the same time as my fork?
No, just keep the Aheadset STS headset that came with your bike. 21 56.76%
Yes, replace it with a Chris King headset. 16 43.24%
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Old 09-24-05, 12:03 PM   #1
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Getting an eBay fork, should I upgrade the headset at the same time?

I decided to upgrade the entry-level fork on my 2005 Kona Blast by going fishing at eBay. I ended up winning a 2004 Fox F100X. I'll send the fork over to Push Industries on Monday for a factory rebuild and will likely get it back in a little over a week's time.

My question is this. Since I'll be taking the fork off, should I upgrade the headset while I'm at it? I've learnt from the collective knowledge here that most components do not need replacement until they are broken.

There are exceptions and forks are definitely one of those. I think that headsets fall under this category only in that a Chris King headset is basically a component that will outlast the rest of the bike. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that my old one needs replacement.

I've already saved a fair amount of money on my fork by going the Ebay route so I have room to drop $100+ for a Chris King headset only if it makes sense. I have a week+ before the fork gets back so if the concensus is to replace the new headset, I'll order it soon so that it gets here in time for me to install my new fork.

For what it's worth, my current headset is an Aheadset STS model. I ride primarily XC, what I would describe as technical XC, and have started XC racing.
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I wouldn't trade it out. If I were to, I would get the fsa pig anyways.
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I wouldn't trade it out. If I were to, I would get the fsa pig anyways.

I agree...well not about the pig...something named the "Pig" doesn't fit into the whole lightweight XC concept!
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Errr, both of you said that I shouldn't trade it out yet the poll results are at 100% to replace it. Something tells me you didn't bother voting. Are you Canadian or something?
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Take off, eh...I forgot.
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Most headsets last a long time. Keep the $100, chances are you won't need to replace the headset before you want a new frame.
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You should have an "Other" option in your pole for getting a different headset just not the Chris King.
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You should have an "Other" option in your pole for getting a different headset just not the Chris King.
No, if the concensus is for me to change the headset, I will make it a Chris King. I'm sold on the Chris King product line.
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No, if the concensus is for me to change the headset, I will make it a Chris King. I'm sold on the Chris King product line.
Then I wouldn't change it out. Just get the new fork.
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i would just change it.. cause i then have an excuse to change to a CK headset..
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You know you want a nice Chris King headset...
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So far I've heard convincing arguments to not replace the headset but nothing concrete for getting the new one.

It seems the only argument for replacement is the bling factor and that isn't the type of answer I've been looking for.

I'm leaning quite heavily towards keeping the headset I have.
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I was all set to keep my headset and then I stumbled across this over at speedgoat.com. Believe it or not I actually like the colour. It also benefits a breast cancer foundation (komen.org). I have a wife and two daughters and the stats of breast cancer concerns me a lot.




Hmmm...it would look pretty cool on my black Kona blast.
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You could just donate to the charity instead. If you can afford a CK headset you can easily give plenty more than the $2 CK gives per headset.
However you wouldn't get a cool pink headset.
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You could just donate to the charity instead. If you can afford a CK headset you can easily give plenty more than the $2 CK gives per headset.
However you wouldn't get a cool pink headset.
I think CK will give $5 and I even found an eBay seller who is an official CK vendor who will match the CK $5 donation.

FWIW, I have already donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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CK gives $1!!! Its the biggest scam I've seen... buy our $100+ headset and we will give $1 to charity. I'm buying nothing but Ritchey WCS from now on.
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I got the $2 figure from the CK website http://www.chrisking.com/store/pands2005.html
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I got the $2 figure from the CK website http://www.chrisking.com/store/pands2005.html
Hmmm, I got the $5 figure from the eBay seller listing. http://cgi.ebay.ca/Chris-King-PINK-H...QQcmdZViewItem

OK - I just reread it. The $5 value is the buyer's forced contribution that is above the $2 (or $1) Chris King value that the eBay seller will then match. Makes sense because the listed price over at Speedgoat is $129. This eBay seller is charging $134 and then sending an extra $5.

Hmmm, sounds like the eBay seller is getting a tax credit using other people's money. He does have 100% positive feedback on over 3000+ transactions so I would trust this guy.
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I've used the same Aheadset on three different forks with my Stumpjumper. No problems at all. The thing is smooth as smoothness. I even installed it with a hammer and a screwdriver
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I personal replace my headset when I change my forks. I just changed fames and I replaced the headset and BB. Just my opinion. Want to make sure that all the bearing are fresh.
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Thanks for the input everyone.

I've decided that the only reason why I would get a new headset is just for looks. I would not be at any real advantage getting a new headset over the existing one. Duckliondog pretty much proved it.

The debate now is whether or not I want to treat myself to a pink CK headset. All you Canadians know that the CAD to USD exchange rate has been fantastic and a headset at $129 USD is a lot cheaper than what it would have been a year ago. Add to that PinkRobe was quoted $450 CAD from an Alberta LBS.

If I do get it, I'd probably get it from SpeedGoat to test out their Canadian-friendliness for shipping et al. Maybe I'll take a hit for the team and report back on my SpeedGoat experience.
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The Chris King is the Rolex of headsets. Sure other headsets turn, but they don't have the precision machining, green manufacturing processes, fair labor practices, warrantee (10 years covering EVERYTHING! You could return it for a different color simply because you changed your mind) nor half the reputation for quality that a Chris King has. I personally know people who have transferred their King five times as they purchased new bikes.
From personal experience NOTHING tops a King

It's like a Thomson seatpost or a Fox fork - simply the best there is
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The best, Gerry, the best!

I will proceed with the purchase of the pink Chris King headset from Speedgoat.com and let you know how it goes. I will likely place the order at the end of the weekend to see if anyone from my club wants to buy something on the same order.
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The best, Gerry, the best!

I will proceed with the purchase of the pink Chris King headset from Speedgoat.com and let you know how it goes. I will likely place the order at the end of the weekend to see if anyone from my club wants to buy something on the same order.
I applaud your decision
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Ah sweet closure. So, CK found my soft spot by coming out with the Pretty & Strong headset. I support breast cancer AWARENESSS and research. If everytime someone sees/asks about the Pink Chris King headset, then it's done its job.

I actually got this a while ago but forgot to take pics, then when i finally did they were sitting in my camera for a while, then when i got them off my camera I started getting PC problems (100% CPU) and I now got a Mac and all is well in my world.

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