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    Chris King Headset

    Buttery smooth and worth every penny. I couldn't believe how nice the change was.

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    indeed... CK for all!

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    All headsets are 'buttery smooth' when new. Best bet for a headset I say is get a $10 ritchey and assemble it with a 1" section of innertube around the lower portion to keep out the elements. I like Cane Creek to.

    Piss on overpriced parts.

    On the same line, regarding hubs:
    Maxi-Car > Phill Wood, CK, campagnolo....

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    maxi-car? never heard of them... more info?
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Re-Cycle
    All headsets are 'buttery smooth' when new.

    right. and chris king headsets are buttery smooth 6 years later when
    any other headset is indexed or grinding or loose.


    there is only 1 item on a bike worth the money and that is a king headset


    period.

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    Truly...the years and miles have proven that out for me and mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo
    right. and chris king headsets are buttery smooth 6 years later when
    any other headset is indexed or grinding or loose.

    there is only 1 item on a bike worth the money and that is a king headset

    period.
    while i respect that CK headsets may be fantastic parts, the headset is the least important bearing assembly on a bike. i sure as hell am not going to buy a headset that costs almost half of what my frame did. maybe worth the money to you; definitely not to me. i'd rather just periodically overhaul my $10 ritchey logic.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    People are still arguing over this?

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    didnt CK get bought by someone and I do believe they are made over seas now. **** that...
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    trackosaurusrex.com is just about the best thing ever!

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    no matter how good they are, I can't see myself paying that kind of money for the privilege of being a rolling advertisement.

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    Don't you have one on your Vanilla?

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    check sig, i have no such thing. i wish.

    and a to the idea that they're made overseas, why would someone make an assertion like that when it is easily verifiable that they're made domestically?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachS
    check sig, i have no such thing. i wish.

    and a to the idea that they're made overseas, why would someone make an assertion like that when it is easily verifiable that they're made domestically?

    please verify this for me...
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    trackosaurusrex.com is just about the best thing ever!

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    its on their front page.. but that doesnt always mean anything

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    My mistake, i thought this was yours: fixedgeargallery.com/2006/mar/ZachCanfield.htm

    King is in Portland, and never believe anything kyle tells you. http://chrisking.com/asiamfg/index.html

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    well there is this:
    http://www.chrisking.com/asiamfg/index.html

    this:
    http://www.chrisking.com/company/comp_index.html

    and it says it on the red hub here:
    http://www.chrisking.com/hubs/hbs_index.html

    [edit] cause I am slow, sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    My mistake, i thought this was yours: fixedgeargallery.com/2006/mar/ZachCanfield.htm

    King is in Portland, and never believe anything kyle tells you. http://chrisking.com/asiamfg/index.html
    that's my bike.

    and i swapped out the ck headset for a nice huffy headset.

    huffy!!!!!
    get your blood on!

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    woah and all this time i thought you two were the same person. mind = blown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk
    maxi-car? never heard of them... more info?
    http://www.ebykr.com/?p=46

    Less on the technical and more on the entertainment side of things... but a good read none the less. Some of the Maxi-car hubs had a suposed service interval of 300,000 miles.

    Look up the frame builder René Herse and you will find out about 15-16 pound aluminum bicycles made in the 1930's that surpass [in my opinion] most of today's rigs. This is all slightly off topic... but point being:

    The 'best' on a internet forum isn't necesaraly the best.. its just popular opinion.

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    I really want to get a Chris King before next winter. Until then I'll be rocking the like new Campy Record that I scored on EBay for $30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juvi-kyle
    didnt CK get bought by someone and I do believe they are made over seas now. **** that...
    perhaps you're thinking of the CHinese-made bootleg king headsets that have been turning up on ebay
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    O RLY?

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    Funny...I did have a Ritchey Logic on there before. It's always been complete crap. That headset was a waste of money. The way the King is now, it's worth every penny. If it's longevity is as good as purported, it will continue to be worth every penny.
    No regrets here about my purchase.

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    I really hope they still are making their headsets here because I love their headsets. I even like that they say KING all around them. I have never had a problem with the two nut, but not really a fan of the grip nut. But when you need somethin with a short stack height, thats all you can roll with.
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
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    To those who think a decent headset isn't a good investment, check the tracking on a bike with a brinelled headset. Natch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rule
    Truly...the years and miles have proven that out for me and mine.
    Very true. I was lucky enough to buy the three king components I have from a friend wwho was broke at the time one headset and two ss hubs, that was four years ago no problems yet with the hubs or the headset yet .... I wish I could say the same for all the bikes they have kept spinning smoothly.
    Worth the 200 dollars?? I would buy them again right now no question.
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