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Old 04-24-06, 08:53 AM   #1
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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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Old 04-24-06, 08:54 AM   #2
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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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Old 04-24-06, 10:23 AM   #4
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maxi-car? never heard of them... more info?
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Old 04-24-06, 10:48 AM   #5
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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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Old 04-24-06, 10:53 AM   #6
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Truly...the years and miles have proven that out for me and mine.
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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.
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People are still arguing over this?
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Old 04-24-06, 11:02 AM   #9
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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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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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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...
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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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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!!!!!
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woah and all this time i thought you two were the same person. mind = blown.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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