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    Titanium headset in Titanium frame? (galling)

    In a few weeks, when the frame arrives, I will start building up my first Titanium frame.
    A material with which I have no experience whatsoever to be honest.

    One of the components I am planning to use is a Titanium headset. A lot could be said of course concerning the benefit in that, but that's just what I would like to use.

    But one aspect I have been reading about is the danger of Titanium components galling together, resulting in a permanent bond. I of course plan to use copper based anti seize when installing the headset, but I still feel uncomfortable with this issue. This because I have not been able to find any clear information regarding how likely the galling will occur and how good the copper based anti seize will prevent this. And as said, I have no experience in this domain whatsoever.

    I therefore hope some of you will have some real experience with this subject. Information such as the chance it will occur, the effectiveness of anti seize, the time-frame in which it will bond permannently, the need for some regular maintenance,... are more than welcome.

    Thank you in advance!


    In order to maximise the replies and because I could not determine the best forum, I have also posted this question in the "Weight Weenies" and "General Discussion" forums since I suppose these are the forums with probably the most 'Titanium-expereince'.

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    You will be fine using the anti seize. If you are using a titanium headset I would guess you are going with a Chris King. The ti headset is just bling and does nothing for you expect it weighs more than the alloy version. Go alloy and be lighter!
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    Thank you Juanmoretime for your reply.

    For your information, I did consider the Chris King but opted for a headset from "Reset Racing", a German company. I already use one of these (aluminium version) in another bike with which I am very satisfied. Of course, living in Europe also results in easier acces to European components versus US ones.

    And yes, you probably are correct in that a Titanium headset will probably not bring much over an aluminium one. I still have not figured out indeed whether I should not opt for an alu one after all. A choice that will also depend on the galling information I receive.

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