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Old 01-01-13, 07:10 PM
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My bike's headset is pitted; it now binds slightly in the center when turning the handlebars while the bike is on the stand. I'd like to replace it with something likely to hold up for another 20,000+ miles and in keeping with the other components.

The bike is a 2007 Cannondale Synapse 1, the last of their made-in-America aluminum. It's 105 with an FSA Alloy integrated headset. I ride ~3,000 miles a year with plenty of speed bumps and other uneven pavement. So it doesn't get a lot of miles but does take some abuse from the road.

Two questions: what are a few recommendations for the headset model, and what is a reasonable range of expense to pay for the shop to replace it? I do cables, brakes, chains and minor truing but I'm not interested in learning to do this myself.

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Chris King makes excellent headsets that last forever. They are pricy through, north of $100 last I looked.

I have a Cane Creek headset on my bike, and it's fine. Modern heatsets use cartridges so you can just pop in a new set of bearings when yours wear out, so I honestly don't see the reason to shell out mad $$$ for a headset. In my experience it's hardly the first thing to wear out.

I think I paid $50 for having a fork cut and a headset installed, so you should expect to pay a bit less since your fork is already cut.
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Originally Posted by ivan_yulaev View Post
$50 for having a fork cut and a headset installed,
That's extremely expensive, my lbs charges $15.
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50 dollars to have a headset installed? sheesh. My shop charges $17.50.

And with an integrated headset, you don't really need to do anything, it's really just setting the bearings in a hole. You may need to get the crown race on your fork swapped, which is cheap.
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