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Old 02-27-06, 01:04 PM   #1
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inexpensive sealed headsets?

The FSA Orbit that I'm using is in sad shape after a winter's worth of abuse. While I'd like Chris King headset for it's set it and forget it qualities, I'd like to know if there are headsets under $50 that can do the job almost as well, albeit for a shorter time. Ideally, it would rarely need maintenance even after being subjected to moisture and road grit that comes from daily city riding.
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Shimano 105?
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threaded or threadless? 1" or 1/ 1/8"

threadless, something like a cane creek C2 or S2 should do you fine.
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it's slightly over yr price, but i think nashbar has dura-aces for under 68 bucks. i have one of those on the kogswell. good stuff.
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I have no complaints about my cane creek. Also, the aheadset (unsealed) on my rainbike is fine also, though I've had to adjust it a couple of times.

Threaded, I've had fine luck with shimano stx on bikes I've built for friends.
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I got my Ultegra for $50 and I adore it.
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I have a Shimano STX on one of my bikes, been holding up just dandy.
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just picked up a campy record 1 1/8" threadless for $25 on ebay
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FSA Orbit X appears to be a really nice headset. Kind of their affordable answer to King. Plus I think those FSAs also have a ten year warranty.
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if it was the lower bearings that failed, consider getting something to cover them. mtn tube or lizard skin.
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I have no complaints about my cane creek. Also, the aheadset (unsealed) on my rainbike is fine also, though I've had to adjust it a couple of times.

Threaded, I've had fine luck with shimano stx on bikes I've built for friends.
i had the aheadset and it was a piece of junk. i cracked that little piece ontop during move, which exposed it to the elements, not to mention looked horrible, then i needed to get a new piece, nad blah blah blah. suffice to say, now i have a chris king
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if it was the lower bearings that failed, consider getting something to cover them. mtn tube or lizard skin.
would you recommend this for the campy record i just picked up?
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campy its campy.. its fine... FSA orbits are nice too.. i have one of those in my ridley.. no problems so far after 1.5 years.... Shimanos are nice too but they dont do integrated headsets... what i dont like of new shimanos is that the plastic cover in the cups (just where it says 105 or dura ace) tends to get broken with the time. They arent like old shimanos 105 or 600, those last forever.

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I had a Nashbar house brand sealed headset and it was just fine. Not high-zoot, but thoroughly kickass for $15.
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i recommend just popping your fork out and greasing the crap out of all the bearings (especially the lower ones) when and if it ever becomes anything less than silky smooth.

i have roasted a couple heaadsets now just by not maintaining them. i dunno if chris kings are immune to this but you can keep a cheap headset going just fine if you clean/rease the bearings once in a while.

my new 8 dollar tange is smooth as *****!
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the good thing about headsets is that they're the least important bearing assembly. so you can be fine with a cheap one as long as it doesn't break itself, and you know how to maintain it. **** chris king elitism.
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if it was the lower bearings that failed, consider getting something to cover them. mtn tube or lizard skin.
Its my experience that such devices on headsets and suspension forks just tend to trap moisture and dirt in the thing its trying to protect.
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i had the aheadset and it was a piece of junk. i cracked that little piece ontop during move, which exposed it to the elements, not to mention looked horrible, then i needed to get a new piece, nad blah blah blah. suffice to say, now i have a chris king
you're right. Aheadset top caps are trash. I use a salsa top cap on my aheadset (had it lying around). No complaints, other than the top cap.
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Its my experience that such devices on headsets and suspension forks just tend to trap moisture and dirt in the thing its trying to protect.
i don't use a front fender, and i find REALLY hard to believe that my bike is worse off with the lizard skin. after seeing all the gunk/sand that was caked right where the lower bearing is, i'm sure it's better with the lizard skin on.
as far as lizard skins go, it all depends on how often you want to adjust your headset. if you don't mind doing it once a month during the winter don't bother. but don't take my word for it...

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I put Lizard Skins neoprane wrap (shuts with velcro) on the lower headset race of all my bikes. Same as the Specialized that someone mentioned above. Works great, and costs $3. I've had the same one on my road bike without touching it for 10 years, and the bearings were still in nearly-perfect shape when I overhauled them this past summer.
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It's all about the donut. (pic of lizard skin)
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I'm with Trevor on this one... a slice of innertube over even the most shiesty BB will keep it running nicely through the worst weather.
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i had a friend who put an inner tube on his headset, and when he took it off, there were beads of moisture all over the headset. its my impression that covering your headset w/ an inner tube or the lizard skin headset protector will lock in moisture and limit the life of your headset.
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I've got a caged-ball Record that's still super smooth after a lot of bad weather use with the innertube seal. And yes, it only saves me a littel $$ over the Lizard Skin, but the tube was right there while I would have had to order or shop around for the Lizard Skin seal. Instant gratification wins every time.
so i guess 4 (counting myself) for the lizard skin/inner tube and 2 against. and the two people against haven't actually used them.
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