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Thread: headsets

  1. #1
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    Feb 2006


    There are so many kinds of headsets around, are there any particular ones that you can put on the frame easier than others without needing all those tools? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Freshly Fujified
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    Oct 2004

    The short answer is "No"

    All 1 1/8" headsets need to be pressed into the headtube. Do you need to buy a headset press to do it? No, you don't. There is a simple way to do the install with a large bolt and a series of washers. Do a search in General Discussion and/or Tool Time for headset press and you should come up with a couple of detailed threads explaining the process.

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  3. #3
    Cheezy Rider
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    Apr 2004
    Or you could have your LBS do it for 10 bucks or so. I'm all for doing your own wrenching, but I don't like to take a chance on fubarring my frame to save a couple bucks. That said, the bolt-and-washer technique seems to work pretty well.

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