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Old 01-08-05, 11:32 AM   #1
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cane creek or chris king?

headset recommendations? (for my first fixie, for the street -- i'm looking for longevity here)
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Most $25-$50 headsets have given me many years of service, regardless of brand.
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I'm using a Cane Creek S2 and it's perfect. No complaints whatsoever.
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so what exactly IS the benefit of getting the $100+ Chris King headset as opposed to the much cheaper Cane Creek headset?
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well, a mechanic i know said he's used the same chris king on 3+ bikes and never had problems with it, but then, with a cane creek you can overhaul with new bearings many times before even approaching the price of the chris king...
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so what exactly IS the benefit of getting the $100+ Chris King headset as opposed to the much cheaper Cane Creek headset?
You are buying a quality 100% made in the USA product which practices VERY sustainable environmental and production processes, while paying its workers a fair wage, and having the #1 quality headset. CK also promotes bicycling in Portland, OR. where they are based.
Did I say quality? I have heard stories of people who have one of the original headsets (20+ years old), and never chainging out the bearings, and still feeling as smooth as on day 1.
But all this comes at a cost.
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Anyone know if there is any functional difference between the Chris King GripNut and 2Nut? Not that I really think I'll buy either.
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if you want to dish out the dough, chris king makes the best headsets hands down, especially in terms of longevity.

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Anyone know if there is any functional difference between the Chris King GripNut and 2Nut? Not that I really think I'll buy either.
the 2Nut allows installation of stack spacers and/or brake cable housing stops, the grip nut doesn't
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also, if you have a steerer tube that's 1 or 2 mm too short for your head tube (with a normal threaded headset), the gripnut will make it work.
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