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    Loaded Precision vs. Chris King headset on Ellsworth

    I have a choice on weather to install the in-box Loaded Precision headset or go with Chris King on my new Ellsworth Enlightenment 29er carbon. I have Chris King on my other six bikes, never had an issue. This Loaded Precision came with the frame in a separate package. Its lighter then CK, but is it better / equivalent?

    Better doesn't make sense here because I am not expecting a headset to be better then Chris King.

    Wondering if its worth a try...

    With the option available, I don't want to hammer in one without thinking....and I don't want to be taking headset in and out on a carbon frame all the time.

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    Went with the loaded headset on the new moment sst.2. I chose it based on the ceramic bearings, the lower weight, the color matching some of the new loaded components and based on recomendations from freinds who had used them in the past. Granted the tapered headset is new for loaded. I have to say that I have been really happy so far. The headset is smooth, looks great and hasn't had any issues. While I can't say it is better than Chris King, I would say IMO it's in the same ballpark. But Chris King stuff has been around forever and people love their headsets so you can't go wrong either way

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    Go for a LOADED headset! You won't be dissapointed. (disclaimer, I work for Loaded.. )

    Kings are the "household name" for headsets. I've had several on several bikes and won't say anything bad about them.

    However, I will say ours are nicer IMO. Everything we make is beautiful, functional, designed with riding in mind, laser etched and finished to a jewelry-level finish.

    The weights are legit too. Here's a pic of our 1-1/8" external headset, which we state is 66g. Here it is on a digital scale weighing in at an honest 64g topcap and all. Notice: our claimed weight is 32g lighter than the claimed weight of a King at 98g...




    If you have any issues or questions, feel free to send me a PM or call me @ the number on our website.
    Loaded Precision Products: www.LoadedUSA.com

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    The Loaded stuff looks really nice....i just can't find it anywhere close in my state to buy!
    Bummer!
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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    Where are you located?

    The dealer locator on our website is.. um... a little outdated. I'd be happy to look one up for you.
    Loaded Precision Products: www.LoadedUSA.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit
    Where are you located?

    The dealer locator on our website is.. um... a little outdated. I'd be happy to look one up for you.
    Ny

    Thanks!
    Last edited by bpnic; 02-26-2011 at 05:53 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit
    Everything we make is beautiful...
    That was a question I had...does Loaded Precison actually "make" their stuff, or is it imported?
    whatever...

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    Ok, will give it a try since I have Loaded that came with the frame where I have to go out and get a Chris King.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpnic
    Albany Ny

    Thanks!
    Sent you a PM. Call up Eric at Downtube Cyclery in Albany.

    If it doesn't work out, let me know. We will sell direct if all else fails... but we try really hard to support the LBS.
    Loaded Precision Products: www.LoadedUSA.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit
    Sent you a PM. Call up Eric at Downtube Cyclery in Albany.

    If it doesn't work out, let me know. We will sell direct if all else fails... but we try really hard to support the LBS.

    thanks biscuit!
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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    ordered a blue loaded seatpost, and its a work of art.. I'll be ordering the matching handlebars, but my only gripe with them is they dont make 70mm stems!

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    Food for thought...I'm overhauling a customer's seven year old road bike (It has a handbuilt custom steel frame). The bike spent most of its life in San Francisco, so it has been exposed to salty air and sweated on a bunch (Its owner rides a lot of miles).

    This is the first overhaul and it's long overdue. Most every component, nut, bolt, fitting, cable, housing, bearing, etc., needs replacing. The two exceptions are the Phil Wood bottom bracket and the Chris King headset - they are both still performing like new.

    Based on this, I'd go with Chris King headset.

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    Where are the Loaded components made?

    Their website doesn't lead on to it, so I assume Asia.
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gruppo
    Food for thought...I'm overhauling a customer's seven year old road bike (It has a handbuilt custom steel frame). The bike spent most of its life in San Francisco, so it has been exposed to salty air and sweated on a bunch (Its owner rides a lot of miles).

    This is the first overhaul and it's long overdue. Most every component, nut, bolt, fitting, cable, housing, bearing, etc., needs replacing. The two exceptions are the Phil Wood bottom bracket and the Chris King headset - they are both still performing like new.

    Based on this, I'd go with Chris King headset.
    All of our headsets come with a FOREVER GUARANTEE!

    Meaning, it's the last headset you'll ever have to buy. Period.

    (obviously it applies to the original purchaser only)


    Quote Originally Posted by bpnic
    Where are the Loaded components made?

    Their website doesn't lead on to it, so I assume Asia.
    All of our design, prototyping, and warehousing is done here in San Diego, California. But, the truth is, the best carbon fiber in the world comes out of Taiwan. So final manufacturing really depends on the part.
    Loaded Precision Products: www.LoadedUSA.com

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    OK, but where are the headsets made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit
    So final manufacturing really depends on the part.

    And the company's environmental policy, recycling program, tech support, employees' pay & benefits, carbon footprint, servicing dealer network, product price protections for the LBS, long term product reliability, etc.

    And who cares where the best carbon fiber comes from. There're already too many un-recyclable plastic frames and components.

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    anyone have the warranty department for the loaded precision ? my headset bearing busted after a couple of month of usage.. it came along with my epi SST2.
    I maintain them greaseing them after every ride but somehow the bearing got busted and my whole steering ceased up when i was riding...Pretty lucky that i manage to get out of harms way..
    Anyway when i remove the fork off. Notice that the inner race of the bearing came off and the outer bearing shield was stuck to the headset and i wasnt able to get it off and the top bearing was busted as well
    Went to my LBS and they just mention that the warranty is meant for the frame only and not for the headset even though i got the bike about 2 to 3 month ago and they advise me to get a new CK or CC headset since the current one is a goner.



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    I just tried to install mine today into an Evolution frame and once the cups were in, there is a gap 0.2mm (finger nail width) between the frame and cups. Pulled out the lower cup and the problem was obvious, in the corner of the cup where the inner face of the frame contacts the cup, there is too big a radius left in the corner to allow for the 2 components to meet. Instead the cups have very rounded corners which prevents them sitting flush in the frame, not very good. I compared it to a King and FSA headset and they both have these corners machined out for clearance.

    Oh and the worst thing is the green seatclamp and SIT headset don't match each other!!
    Last edited by happybiker; 12-18-2011 at 12:44 AM.

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    Anybody else have any problems with Loaded stuff? Im in need of a Headset and Stem.

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    am still waiting for the warranty department to send me the replacment set..
    i keep you guys updated if i get the new set n compare it with my other headset.

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    I just got my Headseat and stem from them yesterday. Hope to have them installed this weekend.

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    I have purchased numerous Loaded products from my LBS JB MOUNTAIN BIKES, Reading, PA - The Dirtiest Bike Shop in Pennsylvania - Cannondale, Giant Bicycles, Ellsworth, Santa Cruz, Jamis, Rocky Mountain, Raleigh Authorized Dealer (in Shillington, PA) and the stems are awesome, and insanely light at 100 grams actual weight(90mm)... I doubt I will ever get another brand of stem. Seat posts are great too and don't slip, and the X-Lite Carbon Bars are excellent... Just my 2 cents...

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    So far I'll have to agree with A-Ray. The Headset is a work and the ceramic bearings are smooth as silk. The Stem is light and looks great. Pleased with their products so far.

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