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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 04-01-09, 03:00 PM   #1
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headset

hello

i have a run of the mill headset on my current build, and it has been giving me trouble over the past few days, so i think its time to upgrade.
i require a 1inch threadless headset

im thinking of going for chris king as i have heard they are extremely reliable,and i can get one for 100bills..
anyone got any suggestions as to whether this is a good move or any alternative options?
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Old 04-01-09, 03:56 PM   #2
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Have you serviced your current headset? Or had a professional do so? Definitely do before you drop an absurd amount of money on a component like your headset. . .
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Old 04-01-09, 04:03 PM   #3
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agreed...my headset was a little bit crunchy and i took it all apart, cleaned out the bearings and regreased and re-inserted my headset. now it runs smooth as silk
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yeah i had it serviced today, for the second time this week, it keeps loosening, and the guy cant figure out why. we replaced the star today so hopefuly it holds up, but i agree yeah, 100 is quite alot for a headset. i was just wondering if there is any particular advantage in having super dear headsets, because when mine was fully functional it felt perfect, and only cost me about 30
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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.
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