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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-19-07, 02:13 PM   #1
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Whoa... Fuji Track headset???

Rainy day today, I figured it would be a good time to overhaul my Fuji Track. I'd bought it used a few months ago.

Loosened the locknut and threaded race, and took off the fork to find that the top of the headset has no ball bearings, although the bottom does. Could this be normal, or did the seller forget to put the bearings in? I believe it's the stock headset (Chinhaur). I took pictures -- the black cap is what would I would think is the threaded race, unscrewed and then flipped 180 degrees so you can see the inside. To the left is the top part of the headset pressed into the headtube -- strangely it does not seem like there is a race or any bearing surface there. The weird thing is the threaded race (black cap) shows no sign of wear from any bearings, so even if the seller did accidentaly take the bearings out during an overhaul, there should be some bearing marks from riding it stock from the factory. Possibly there is a loose race that goes into the black thing that was lost (but all other threaded headsets I've opened had the race integrated into the threaded cap).

If any of you have taken apart a Fuji Track stock headset, please let me know if something looks fishy...

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Old 08-19-07, 02:17 PM   #2
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Old 08-19-07, 02:18 PM   #3
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looks like a cartridge.. I never took mine apart.
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Looks like a bearing belongs there.
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Old 08-19-07, 09:20 PM   #5
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Fuji tacks are pretty well known for really horrible headsets (low quality, loose ball, threaded). I've known very few people who can ride them for more than a year or so without having it replaced. It could be that the previous owner had the headset fall apart on them and they didn't put it back together properly. Also, unfortunately, bike mechanics are human and someone may have messed up somewhere down the like as it was being assembled.
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Old 08-19-07, 10:05 PM   #6
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kind of hard to see, but unless another piece comes out of the frame (i.e. a bearing cartridge), you're officially one sandwich short of a picnic in there. Get some 5/32 bearings.
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ah never mind. indeed a cartridge bearing is in there. i got confused since the bottom part of the headset has loose ball bearings.

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looks like a cartridge.. I never took mine apart.
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Old 08-20-07, 07:46 AM   #8
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That's good to hear! FYI, you can actually open up those cheapie cartridges and regrease or even replace the bearings without a lot of drama, there is usually a spring clip holding them together.
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mine seemed rough from the get go, so i replaced it with a 105, and it was money well spent.
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cool. will do...


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That's good to hear! FYI, you can actually open up those cheapie cartridges and regrease or even replace the bearings without a lot of drama, there is usually a spring clip holding them together.
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looks like a cartridge.. I never took mine apart.
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