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    New Headset Advice

    I'm going to the LBS to get a new headset installed today. They have a few in stock. When choosing one, what should I look for? This will be for my single speed that I typically use mostly for cummuting and riding on multi use paths. It will see dirt from time to time. I also want to keep the cost down as well if I can.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Have no idea what type you need since you didn't mention your make, model, and year of bike.

    That said, you can't go wrong with Cane Creek, even their "10" economy line is quite durable.
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    You first need to narrow down the size and then the style. What's the diameter of the headtube? 1", 1-1/8", tapered, etc. Then figure out if it's meant to take an integrated headset (one that sits flush inside the headtube) or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    Have no idea what type you need since you didn't mention your make, model, and year of bike.

    That said, you can't go wrong with Cane Creek, even their "10" economy line is quite durable.
    Sorry -- The headset will go on an old 1990's vintage GT bike frame. Fork steer tube is 1 1/8th inch. I just had the frame powder coated and am starting to put it back together.

    Do you need any more information?

    The bike came with non-sealed ball bearings type of headset. The cups were badly pitted and the grease had all kinds of metal shavings in it when I attempted to clean and re-back them.

    I figured I since I cleaned up my frame and got a new fork, it was time for a new headset.

    I will see if they have the Cane Creek brand in stock and go that dirrection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    Have no idea what type you need since you didn't mention your make, model, and year of bike.

    That said, you can't go wrong with Cane Creek, even their "10" economy line is quite durable.

    I agree, except with regards to the "10" line. In my experience it is uber crap as the top cup is plastic and prone to cracking and breaking at the lip. This happened to me with the 10 that came shipped with my salsa el mariachi and I have read about several people that have had a similiar experience. I replaced it with a 40 that has worked beautifully.

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    How about a slightly used Chris King and bring that into the LBS to have installed? I think I sold my last one for $60ish. Not sure if that's out of budget, but I don't know of too many people ditching their CK's for something else. I had to sell mine only because I couldn't use it with the next frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abelfonseca View Post
    I agree, except with regards to the "10" line. In my experience it is uber crap as the top cup is plastic and prone to cracking and breaking at the lip. This happened to me with the 10 that came shipped with my salsa el mariachi and I have read about several people that have had a similiar experience. I replaced it with a 40 that has worked beautifully.

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    Must be an OEM of some sort, because the aftermarket "10" has an alloy top cup and cover.

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    Just go with what they recommend at the shop...a headset for a bike like you are describing doesn't need to be fancy, any basic $30 one will do. Agree that a basic Cane Creek is a good choice.
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    They had 2 to choose from for my bike. The Cane Creek 10 and a King at well over 3 times the price. For that bike I went with the Cane Creek 10. All installed and my new/old bike is almost put together and looking sweet! Now if I could only figure out my darn front brake problem, but thats in a different thread and post......

    Thanks everyone for your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    Must be an OEM of some sort, because the aftermarket "10" has an alloy top cup and cover.

    Wow! Im surprised they decided to crap out their product line on some OEM offerings.
    This is a thread where the problem with the CC10s (aparrently oem) is discussed.

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    I looked further, it appears that only the 44mm 10 series has the plastic part. Not only the oem offerings as the one sold in amazon also comes like that. No idea on why they decided plastic was a good idea for the 44mm headset. It has a "Lightweight polymer crown race" as per the amazon description goes. Its hilarious how the attemp to BS that plastic cheap part in their product line.

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