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Old 12-03-04, 07:41 PM   #1
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Trek 520 Headset question.

Can anyone tell me the year that the Trek 520 went to threadless headsets?
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Can anyone comment on advantages and disadvantages of threadless headsets.
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Old 12-03-04, 07:58 PM   #2
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Don't know what year, but personally, I'm disappointed. Threaded headsets allow more height adjustment, and are easier to exchange to get a better fit.
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I don't know which one is more reliable because I haven't had any headset problem with either. I do know that Cane Creek's website claims that the threadless setup weighs about 1/2 a pound less. There is a large availability of threadless stems at various lengths and angles that mitigates the adjustability advantage of the threaded headset.
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......but on the other hand, you don't need to carry headset wrenches. All you need is an allen key with threadless headsets, should they need a bit of tweeking...
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Year : 2001.

The 2000 was deep blue, with threaded headset and 24 speeds.
The 2001 was grey (I think), with threadless headset and 27 speeds.

Pros and cons:
- Threadless is, in theory at least, more rigid, but you won't notice it unless you stand to climb. Creaks are less likely with threadless.
- Threaded has a slender look, which most people find nicer.
- With threaded, if you want higher, you try to find a nice high stem. For $30 (Zoom) or more than $50 (the very nice Nitto Tecnomic), you can get 150-200 mm vertical extension.
- With threadless, you can get it fairly high, providing the shop hasn't cut the fork.
- With threadless, you can buy a stem with 45-degree rise and still get the bars rather high, or get an extender and get them much higher (with an ugly setup).
- With threadless and an uncut fork, you could easily install 2 stems above eachother, which is what I did on the tandem: lower stem for the handlebar bag, and higher stem for the handlebars.
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Old 12-03-04, 10:50 PM   #6
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Year : 2001.

- With threadless and an uncut fork, you could easily install 2 stems above eachother, which is what I did on the tandem: lower stem for the handlebar bag, and higher stem for the handlebars.
I ended up purchasing a new front fork so that I could obtain one that wasn't already cut down. I wanted to try different heights on the bike to find the most comfortable position for me. Originally I thought I would eventually get it cut down in size but after two years of having it this way I am inclined to just leave it alone.

BTW: Any chance you would be willing to share that picture of your two handlebars with me?

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Once you have the bars in the correct position, its hard to tell what kind of headset you are using. For a self-contained tourist, the weight of tools needed to maintain the headset is probably the deciding factor.
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I've a 2001 Trek with a threaded headset. I think the next year they went to threadless. I replaced the stem immediately with a touring model so I sit up more, and felt happy that I would be able to adjust it on the fly, but honestly, it hasn't come up. Probably not much difference between the two, except the threaded headset takes a big giant wrench to tighten.
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Yes, me too -- that would solve a problem on both my touring bike and our tandem...

Oh... and small world - hi guys!

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BTW: Any chance you would be willing to share that picture of your two handlebars with me?


It took some time, but see http://www.mgagnon.net/velo/potence-double.en.shtml .
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