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Old 09-15-11, 04:56 PM
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headset and brake question!

how do i know what kind of headset i should use? 1 1/8" threadless steerer tube, but are all conventional headsets in essence the same with 30mm inside crown race 34 frame cup outside diameters?

if it helps, it's the EAI bareknuckle.

also, what is a good brake that won't break the bank? (40 for the calipers)

thanks!
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Old 09-15-11, 06:35 PM
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If it's a conventional headset with cups that are a force-fit into the headtube, any model or make 1-1/8" threadless headset will work since all 1-1/8" have the same dimensions. There is no JIS/ISO problem.

If it's an "integrated", zero stack or one of the proprietary types you will have to match the frame and your LBS will be able to tell you what you need.

A good brake? What kind? Sidepull, cantilever, V-brake, disc brake? We need a lot more info to make any recommendations.
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+1. When they introduced the 1-1/8" standard everybody worldwide was on the same page, so there truly is a standard 1-1/8" headset, and you're in good shape.

Unfortunately, when they moved to integrated systems, they forgot how nice things were and there are multiple standards.
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(40 for the calipers)
40 what? gold ingots? shares of INTEL Preferred stock?
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sorry for the lack of info lol, sidepull brakes. either dual or single pull (although i read that dual is better?) and 40 united states dollars.

thanks for the tips on the headset.
generally speaking, headtubes made for zero stack have larger diameters than ones made for conventional?
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Tektro dual pivot sidepulls are decent brakes for a good price. Many bikes come with them OEM as a cost saving measure and not too great a sacrifice in quality. Tektro also private labels for Nashbar and others. Yes dual pivots are stronger. Be sure to get the correct "reach".

Headtubes made for integrated and zero-stack headsets have the ends enlarged as the bearings fit directly into the headtube end or shallow cups are pressed in that then take the bearings.
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i came back to edit my second post but yeah i meant best bang for the buck. My oem ones are okay but at the same time i'm sure there are better brakes out there and i'm only running a front one so it's pretty important.

understood on the integrated/ZS headsets.

as far as front and rear pivots, are they interchangeable? I'm not sure because there is the thickness of the fork for the front and the rear brake bridge is very short. i'm not at home right now and can't look at my rear brake but i have a single pivot so it's one bolt running through.

thanks, any other brands?

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