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.