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Old 08-27-12, 09:42 AM   #1
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Specialized Allez Sport - Headset headache!!

Hi, I've been riding my Spec Allez for 3 years now. To be honest the headset has never really felt smooth since I had it from new.
I thought I'd start start doing some maitenance myself and the headset was on my list along with new chain rings + chain.
I had a look on you-tube and it all seem pretty simple "knock out forks, change bearings" right?
I knocked out forks and bearings flew all over the place. Headset was a bit of a mess!!! the bearings were corroded and pitted along with the rings. What sort of crazy design is this?
the question is... Can I upgrade to intergrated bearings like Cane Creek? if so do you know which ones.
I hear Specialized headsets are a bit awkward. I am really having trouble finding any information on it, but there must be loads of people who have upgraded this poor design?
All info will be very much appreciated.
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If it were my bike, I'd knock out the old headset and pay a LBS to install a Crane Creek or similar. When my Specialized Allez Elite frame cracked at the headtube, I thought I might be able to salvage the headset but it was badly pitted and corroded. The new frame got a new headset which I installed myself but would have been done better by a shop.
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Just a quick follow up to this old post from the OP and maybe of some help to others searching for details on the Specialized Allez headset. I just upgraded a 2009 Specialized 1 1/8" headset from the original caged ball bearing type that the OP commented on, which was also rusted and pitted, to Cane Creek cartridge sealed bearings. The bearing set was S2-S3-ZS2-IS2, which slotted in by hand after knocking the original sets out. This is the alternative bearing to the standard VP MH-P03K bearing fitted by Specialized. See the following guide.
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