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    Hope head doctor or star nut ?

    Just about to fit a Hope headset to my GT Peace (rigid steel fork).
    The question is, should I use the Hope head doctor/stem plug, or just stick with the star nut?
    Any advantages either way?
    Head doctor or star nut?
    Star nut or head doctor?

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    The obvious advantage - should it apply to your needs - is that the Head Doctor can be removed/replaced. It's also much easier to fit than a star-nut, which would be the primary swing factor for most people faced with the choice.

    In terms of operation/performance, neither item is at an advantage.
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    Several other companies make an alternative to the star nut as well. Sette and Azonic have a product that replaces the star nut.
    The big advantage I see is that you can reuse them and you do not need special tools.
    The Sette one is 12 or 13 bucks.

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    The Hope Headdoctor looks like a great alternative to a star nut. I would go with either that or the star nut. The other option, that mattcz pointed out, would be much heavier than a star nut and twice as much as the headdoctor. I have used a headlocker, and they work well, just too heavy.

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    Thanks guys, as the star nut is already sitting in my fork, I'll try that first (with the Hope top cap).

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    If the star nut is already installed then there's no point in messing with a head doctor. If you are installing a Hope headset it will be just fine with a star nut. I run my BLT that way.

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