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    Chris King Perdido on MKIII's ????

    1. Do they void the frame warranty?

    2. Anyone in the Boston area know a shop that can install them correctly?

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    Looking at King's dimensional requirements, it seems as though the MkIII head tube has sufficient material to install the Perdido.

    However, King is only selling the headsets to OEMs. They won't sell to shops or to end users.

    So I asked IH if they'd order/install it, and the answer was no.

    Seems that even if you can get your hands on the headset, you'll have one hell of a time gettng ahold of the proper cutting tool to properly oversize the head tube diameter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
    Looking at King's dimensional requirements, it seems as though the MkIII head tube has sufficient material to install the Perdido.

    However, King is only selling the headsets to OEMs. They won't sell to shops or to end users.

    So I asked IH if they'd order/install it, and the answer was no.

    Seems that even if you can get your hands on the headset, you'll have one hell of a time gettng ahold of the proper cutting tool to properly oversize the head tube diameter.
    Hmmm. That's a bummer. I've always had Chrisking stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edge
    1. Do they void the frame warranty?

    2. Anyone in the Boston area know a shop that can install them correctly?
    This isn't really the question you were asking, but I don't think this is really an issue. I love my kings, but the FSA that comes with the complete bikes (same headset on comp/expert/team according to the website) seems pretty nice, though of course I don't have many years and miles on it like I do my kings. Here's a nice cane creek alternative to the FSA as well:

    http://www.canecreek.com/68.html

    If King made a zero stack, I would buy one. I think they should. But they don't, and I don't think it's a deal breaker. Since roughly nobody seems to be using perdido, it's potentially a higher risk of being able to get a replacement headset (if you can even get one in the first place).

    Here's a similar thread on another site:

    http://www.more-mtb.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2044

    and a good description on park's site:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/...eadtypes.shtml

    Cheers,

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by edge
    Hmmm. That's a bummer. I've always had Chrisking stuff.
    I've been using FSA Zero Stack for over three years without trouble. I had it on my NRS, then 2+ years on my Hollowpoint, and I'll have it on my MkIII.

    Just an added caution, FSA Orbit Z headsets have a deep cup providing lots of head tube surface contact. However, FSA Orbit ZS and all of the Cane Creek ZS-series headsets us a much shallower cup, with perhaps half the surface area as the Orbit ZS. Definitely a case of more = better.

    The King Perdido cup OD is so similar to a standard Zero Stack cup dimension (we're talking tenths of a millimeter), I wonder if it wouldn't be easier to throw the King cups in a lathe and take them down to fit a Zero Stack headtube? Just a thought -- not worth it, given my trouble-free experience with the FSA units.

    Maybe call FSA and ask if they make a Chris King logo bearing cover?
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    I'm less concerned now that I know it's an internal setup vs. intergrated. Thanks!

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