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Old 08-14-12, 12:25 PM   #1
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headset question??? how can i tell the difference??

Hey All,

Im trying to piece together a road bike and I see there are multiple types of headsets, (i.e. threadless, integrated). How can I tell which type of headset i need? I have a 2002 Specialized S-Works E5 frameset if that helps.

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Your headset: 1" threadless Specialized Mind Set SP-5
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I once purchased a Chris King for a 1" steerer tubed bike. It was a nice headset, or so I was told.

When I swapped frames, I could not use the CC on the new frame, for assorted reasons and went with an Ultegra sealed.

The CC was about $100 (mid 90's). The Ultegra about $25.

I could not tell any perceivable difference, other then the Ultegra was easier to install. Both would have outlasted the frame, given that the typical roadie might go thru a new road bike every 10 years or so, at least.

I'm now of the opinion that a lot of this crap - cassettes, chains, headsets, stems, h-bars, pedals among others, are a waste of money for boutique level and certainly Dura-Ace level. Best value is the Shimano 105 stuff an the Campy/SRAM equivalent.
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Your headset: 1" threadless Specialized Mind Set SP-5
In English, it's an integrated headset. Unfortunately, it's also proprietary. Here's a work around.
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