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  1. #1
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    May 2011

    First time dealing with headset issues

    Hi friends. I decided to post in the beginners forum since this is my first time dealing with a bad headset. After my last ride I'm having noticeable issues with my Race Face headset. It wont swing freely/smoothly and stays in the position I turn it to. Feels like a bad bearing.

    I ride a 1st gen Santa Cruz Superlight (2001). The Raceface headset just says "1 1/8"" on it. According to this page its a "1 1/8" threadless Aheadset AL".

    So does that mean that I can use any headset that is threadless and 1 1/8"? What about tapered headtube or non tapered? How do I know?

    Thanks and sorry for the silly questions.

  2. #2
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    Most 1 1/8" headsets will work ,There are some differences ,if you got the same one no issues. A tapered one is 1 1/4" on the bottom 1 1/8 on the top. When was the last time the head set was serviced? You might be able to clean it up and regrease it .Check the Park Tools or Sheldon Brown sites for how to service.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2011
    Threadless headsets are easy to take apart. Take a look and see what the bearings look like.
    If you need to replace it, it's probably best to take it to your LBS. You need a press to install the new cups. It can be done at home with washers and threaded rod if you are handy but it doesn't cost much to get the cups pressed in. No reason you can't use a different make of headset but you may have to re-adjust your spacer stack.

    Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Threadless Headset Service

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    I believe the older Superlights uses a 34mm headset. I'm not positive so you may want to double check, but a friend of mine has a 2004 Superlight that I installed the headset for and I'm pretty sure it was a EC34 Cane Creek that I installed. I think the more normal sized 1 1/8 straight headsets you'd find are 44mm.

    Components > Headsets and Spacers | Jenson USA

  5. #5
    'Tis but a scratch
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Try servicing it. Its really quite easy and cheap (like the cost of a teaspoon of grease).

    How to: service your headset - YouTube

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