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    Which headset for a Khyber 2008?

    Hi all,

    As you can tell I'm new to mtbing with a question like this, but I am wondering if it is worth replacing the bearings or getting a better headset with sealed cartridge bearings? Any Khyber owners out there that have changed their headsets?

    I have searched the forum for any threads dealing with headset replacement but have been unable to find any information that is specific to the Khyber. From the research I have done I am thinking the new headset will be a cane creek one but I am unsure about all the different types of headsets available, ie traditional, zero stack, integrated or tapered. The bike currently has an FSA orbit E.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Your bike takes a tapered headsed. cane creek would be a good choice to upgrade to.

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    Thanks for the reply mullen119,

    I had a look at my head and it looks to be the same size at the top and at the bottom and the forks dont appear to be tapered either. I had a look at the cane creek site and from what I read would the XXc flush II fit? The reason I say this is on the mongoose site it states that the original headset is a 1.5" to 1 1/8" conversion which is what I understand the XXc flush II to be.

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    The XXc flush II fit is made to adapt a 1.5 head tube to fit a 1 1/8 fork. The head tube on the kyber is a tapered, So I would think you would have a tapered fork as well.

    Here is a link to the specs on your bike. Its where I got the info that your head tube is tapered.
    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...lite&Type=bike

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    thanks for the link, I just checked my head and it has a 58mm od at both the top and bottom of the head. Correct me if I am wrong but from what I have read the tapered heads have different sizes top and bottom. I am unable to measure my forks directly but from what i can find on the marzocchi site the steerer tube is the same size top and bottom thus it is straight not tapered. I will knock out the old races this weekend and measure the internal diameter of the head tube to sure. I was hoping there may have been a khyber owner who would have been able to give these exact dimensions so i could order the right headset and have it in my hands before removing the old one. I might just email mongoose and ask them directly.

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    I did some more digging and found out that your head tube is 1.5 and uses a head set like the XXc flush II fit that you previously where talking about to allow the use of a 1 1/8 fork. Bikepedia has the right information but the way it is worded makes it seem as if the head tube is tapered. Sorry for the confusion.

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    all good, hence why I am asking so many questions. The specs on bikepedia appear to be a copy from the mongoose site, http://www.mongoose.com/usa/eng/mtn/ProductDetails?id=2635&enc=mtn| which also say bugger all about the actual head dimensions apart from saying "FSA Orbit E 1.5" to 1-1/8" conversion, internal bearing"

    So the measurement of 1.5 what does this relate too? I take it the 1 1/8 measurement is the thickness of the fork steerer tube.

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    The mongoose website adds the word "conversion". That's an important word to leave out on bikepedia lol. The 1.5 means that the head tube is made for a fork that has a 1.5'' steerer tube. So the headset you need to convert the head tube to be able to accept a 1.125 (1 1/8) steerer.

    On a side note, If you plan on ever upgrading your fork, you would be able to get a 1.5'' steerer tube fork which is stronger and stiffer then 1 1/8. But you would have to get a 1.5 headset.

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    yeah ok, I got you now.

    Thanks again for your help mullen119

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    No problem, sorry for the mix up earlier. Post some pics of your bike when you get a chance

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    sure thing, here is a pic just before the forks came out.


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    funny its not showing the pic. lets try this

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    i see a bic lighter, choppa smokes herb.

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    Hey Iridethedirt,

    Im curious to know how you link the bic lighter with smoking the herb? lol

    In aussie a bic lighter is hands down the most common lighter a tobacco smoker will use, which of course means herb smokers will more than likely use one as well. For a min I thought I might have accidentally snapped my bong in the picture. Mmm so I guess that confirms your statement Iridethedirt, yes I happily enjoy a little herb on the weekends

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