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Old 01-15-06, 07:21 AM   #1
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why do litespeeds have integrated headsets?

They do right? ..Is there any drawbacks to this? Any real benefits?
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Old 01-15-06, 07:38 AM   #2
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Mine doesn't. I really don't think there are any real drawbacks although there are a host of people that will disagree with me. The benefits of integrated headsets are lighter weight and easier maintenance.
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When "integrated" (actually Zero Stack in this case) headsets were first developed there were two incompatable designs, Cane Creek and Campy. Litespeed tried to provide compromise headset cups that fit both and actually wound up fitting neither. There were a lot of complaints about headset noise and Litespeed replaced the compromise cups in a lot of frames with Cane Creek specific cups and that seems to have solved the problem. Be careful if you buy a used Litespeed from the first year of their integrated headset use. The problem may not have been fixed.

The drawbacks and benefits have been endlessly debated. Is it really better? Is it just a fashion statement? Is it lighter? Does it limit your choices? Ad nausium.

Anyway, for what ever reasons, for 2006 Litespeed eliminated the integrated headset design from its frames and has gone back to the traditional press-in cup design.
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Replacement parts may be an issue. Many companies stop providing spares and support after 10 years. A decent Ti frame should last for decades.
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