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    Can I, or Can't I, run a ZS headset on my Spitfire?

    I just purchased a Lyrik 2-Step with a tapered steerer tube for my Spitfire. I want to replace my Revelation that has a 1 1/8 steerer. According to Banshee's website I'll need a ZS headset bottom to retain the bike's current geometry. I've called Cane Creek and they've told me that it's not possible to run a ZS headset with the tapered steerer tube on this bike. Is this correct? They suggested a traditional lower configuration and said that it would only alter the geometry by 9mm. Will this work? Are there any other options? What would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYMtnBkr View Post
    I just purchased a Lyrik 2-Step with a tapered steerer tube for my Spitfire. I want to replace my Revelation that has a 1 1/8 steerer. According to Banshee's website I'll need a ZS headset bottom to retain the bike's current geometry. I've called Cane Creek and they've told me that it's not possible to run a ZS headset with the tapered steerer tube on this bike. Is this correct? They suggested a traditional lower configuration and said that it would only alter the geometry by 9mm. Will this work? Are there any other options? What would you recommend?
    With a tapered steerer you have to run an external lower cup. With a 49mm lower you can't run a zero stck with a tapered. I think you can with a 56mm lower.

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    I have a tapered steerer on my Spitfire with a ZS lower, but I can't remember what I bought exactly. There's not much visible to id the thing. I do remember having to buy the whole headset to get the lower assembly I wanted, since I already had the upper part installed. It might have been this one:

    Orbit 1.5E ZS

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    Quote Originally Posted by belljeffw View Post
    I have a tapered steerer on my Spitfire with a ZS lower, but I can't remember what I bought exactly. There's not much visible to id the thing. I do remember having to buy the whole headset to get the lower assembly I wanted, since I already had the upper part installed. It might have been this one:

    Orbit 1.5E ZS

    Proved me wrong. Cool, good to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by belljeffw View Post
    I have a tapered steerer on my Spitfire with a ZS lower, but I can't remember what I bought exactly. There's not much visible to id the thing. I do remember having to buy the whole headset to get the lower assembly I wanted, since I already had the upper part installed. It might have been this one:

    Orbit 1.5E ZS
    That can't be right. If you look at the headset drawing you will see that it is designed for a 56mm lower headtube ID, and not the 49mm ID of the Spitfire headtube.

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    It uses a standard 1.5 lower with a 49mm ID.
    Universal Cycles -- Cane Creek 40 EC49 1.5" Lower Assembly

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    This has been covered elsewhere but this is what you need. Caged ball bearings. Use the lower then use whatever upper cup unless you are running true 1.5" steerer.

    Orbit E 1.5
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    Obviously, you're not a golfer.

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    That's what I used on mine!

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    Yep, I asked about this a few months ago. I have a Lyrik tapered with a FSA ZS lower and a Cane creek 110 upper. Works great! You can get just the Cane creek upper by itself and order the whole FSA headset which you just use 1 at 1st and then that gives you a spare bearing in case the 1st 1 fails? Some of you guys on this thread helped me out on my post. Thanks.
    JRA

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