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Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Hummer H2
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a smooth, sealed headset stays smooth for far, far longer than the loose ball headsets i've ridden.
i won't run loose headsets for that reason... i'm not lazy, but i hate a headset that isn't slick, so periodic maintainance is a must.
i almost went with a record headset once (because of the grease ports) but said eff it and went with a d.a. instead.
i will say this though-- chris king headsets are really nice. overkill? of course. unless you're riding off road or ride your bike freestyle, ck is probably more than you need.
that said, i am a huge proponent of spending a little extra for quality headsets.
they can definitely make a huge difference... go with something with good bearings that's sealed, durable, and gets good reviews-- then have a mechanic teach you to 1) put it in and 2) adjust it properly.
a good headset is way more valuable on the street than a good crank.