so...I had a hand-me-down old (loose-ball) headset that came with my old road bike, that got converted, switched to diff bikes, etc.
not untill recently did the pittedness of the races frustrate me as to where I was not being able to adjust my set as I would like....so, I ordered a $5 tange passage to replace...
what a difference a headset (especially a new fork crown race) makes! this is amazing. 's like gliding on ice...riding with no hands is so much easier. I've got it adjusted perfectly and it is smooth and looose, yet with no play whatsoever. amazing. I wonder if chris king's are this smooth.
I like overhauling loose bearing parts tho, and doing a headset is pretty easy, so I think I'll just be trying to do very periodic maintenance. (maybe once a month or few weeks in the winter), especially as I much of the time end up not rocking a fender. and, ****...at $5 a pop, unless there is some quickly degenerative aspect of these, I can't really see myself upgrading. hmm...maybe I'll try the $10 tange levin...lol
anyone else love their loose-ball headsets? how often do you maintain? how long with proper maintenance might I expect this to stay in mint condition? how long have yours lasted?