Integrated Headsets of Cross Bike
Anyone know exactly what kind of headset is on the Bianchi Axis? The website says "integrated" but apparently there is some debate on exactly what this means. A truly integrated headset has bearings running directly on the internal surface of the headtube - with no bearing cups at all. Some other types such as semi-integrated or internal have cups pressed on the inside of the head tube. Seems that on a mountain/cross bike which takes a lot of abuse it would better to have some sort of bearing cup with can be replaced, as a headtube with no cups cannot! Even under normal circumstances there is a wear on the headset bearing cups, which can be easily replaced. It would seem to me if you're running bearings directly against the head tube - without cups - once it's worn out you've got to replace the frame. Thoughts? Should I avoid bikes with a truly integrated headset design?