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    Integrated Headset Question

    I'm still new to putting bikes together, so I have a question about integrated headsets.

    I just got a frame that requires a campy standard integrated headset. A generic-bearing, with cane creek upper cover, came with the frame. This upper cover is the same diameter as the top of the headtube. I wanted to add a little more fun, so I picked up a bmx headset with stainless bearings that fits perfectly. The only thing is that the upper cover is a smaller diameter than the top of the headtube by about 3mm. I tried a cane creek IS42 and the top cover is about the same diameter as the bmx one. I can't find any fun ones that are the same diameter as the one that came with my frame.

    Is it going to be a problem with the top cover being a little smaller in diameter than the diameter of the headtube?

    Also, any hints on where to put the grease when I install my fork and headset (it is a carbon frame)?

    Thanks

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    The only place that should have grease is where metal on metal touch, so just the bearings.

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    Thanks for the grease answer.

    Does anybody have an answer for the upper cover diameter question? Thanks.

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    I dont see it being a problem as long as everything turns smoothly. Without a picture I could only guess that maybe you have a bike that has a larger, semi-integrated spacer and now your using a standard spacer? A Giant frame perhaps?

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    I've got a Commencal Super 4. Here are some pictures with the top cover being slightly smaller than the headtube diameter. The reason that I am wondering is that this is my first integrated headset and want to get it right.




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    if the integrated headsets are hard to replace than they're not worth the fuss. Buy a C. King or equally well made headset and be done with it. if the time comes standard headsets are easy to replace.
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