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Old 06-13-05, 08:49 AM
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Quality quill headsets

Has anyone used one of the FSA Duron or Ritchey WCS headsets? I am looking to replace a couple of headsets. I would use Chris King but I have 4 bikes to do and don't want to drop $400-500 on headsets alone.

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Old 06-13-05, 10:28 AM
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I also have four bikes, and each one has a King. One King is 9 years old and working great. Why do you need four headsets at once?
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Old 06-13-05, 11:30 AM
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Shimano makes excellent threaded headsets. Perhaps the best made. I have a 7 year old ultegra on my beater, and it is like new.
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Old 06-13-05, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Habu2112
I also have four bikes, and each one has a King. One King is 9 years old and working great. Why do you need four headsets at once?
Excellent question, 3 are framesets that didn't have headsets when purchased. The last one just needs a new one.


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We built up most of the Herons with the Stronglight A9 1" threaded headset, unless the customer requested King or Campy. They retail at $45.00
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Old 06-13-05, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by darkmother
Shimano makes excellent threaded headsets. Perhaps the best made. I have a 7 year old ultegra on my beater, and it is like new.
I also have an Ultegra on 1 bike but it's Campy equipped. That's a problem, I don't think the Italians and the Japanese ever reconciled after the war. Just kidding, I don't want to mix Campy and ShimaNo on the same bike no matter how good ShimaNo is.


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Campy makes good headsets too (only from review reading do I know this). I just got one (Chorus, $42) for my GF's bike at http://www.coloradocyclist.com
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I think the Ritchy and FSA will work out fine. The best bet is to buy at a LBS and not online. They way, you avoid any warranty problems. Most manufactures won't honor a warranty if the customer does the install.
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Shimano headsets are decent. However, I hear the CK threaded headsets are the best. They shouldn't be that much, I'd expect around 50-60$?
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Originally Posted by ivan_yulaev
Shimano headsets are decent. However, I hear the CK threaded headsets are the best. They shouldn't be that much, I'd expect around 50-60$?
WOW, Ivan cheap insurance and headsets to boot! Just kidding, in the US CK are over $100 US dollars. Even on ebay they go for $129 CK has a very strict pricing policy on their products, ie price fixing.


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King headsets retail for 10x the wholesale price of the Duron. I think people are willing to pay more for the name, even though you can get exceptional quality for considerably less money. It's like arguing that a Ferrari goes faster than a Lamborghini - very few of us will get to experience the difference.
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The Ritchey WCS you mentioned would be my choice. Rivendell Bicycle Works has them in stock, or you can sometimes find them on eBay. I got mine on eBay for $45. I also like the Stronglight Delta. I think Harris has them, but only in 1 1/8"

I just can't get excited enough about a headset to be willing to pay over $100 for one.
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As a further alternative, I recently fitted a Woodman 'Jupiter Nutty' headset to my frame. The price is between an Ultegra and a Chris King and ite really nice, and a bit different. Woodman are worth checking out in general as they make some really nice stuff....
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