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    High quality headset?

    What is a high quality headset brand?


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    chris king ffs
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    Cane creek 40 series. Anything more expensive is pointless. Unless the point is wasting $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Cane creek 40 series. Anything more expensive is pointless. Unless the point is wasting $.
    But matchy matchy the colors!
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    There is entirely too much emphasis placed on headsets. Even the cheapest one on the market is 1000x stronger than what is necessary to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    There is entirely too much emphasis placed on headsets. Even the cheapest one on the market is 1000x stronger than what is necessary to turn.
    There are things beyond strength. I have a grudge against the headset that came with my bike. Although it is strong enough, it is open, leaving an open path to dirt to get into the bearing. Repalced the cups by sealed ones, but these creak a lot, so I put the open ones back until I figure out a good solution.

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    they are all the same quality, its just a stupid headset

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Cane creek 40 series. Anything more expensive is pointless. Unless the point is wasting $.
    Agreed that more is mostly pointless, but bling is never a waste if you have the extra cash.

    CK and CC110 for the most bling.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idividebyzero View Post
    they are all the same quality, its just a stupid headset
    I get the feeling you have no idea how a headset bearing system works and what forces are applied to it...what the heck am I saying? Of course you don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    I get the feeling you have no idea how a headset bearing system works and what forces are applied to it...what the heck am I saying? Of course you don't.
    Give me a break, the cheap $15 Cane Creek headsets are just as good as the $100 ones. Headsets are up there with titanium bolts for pointless upgrades.

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    Cane creeks really aren't that impressive. Bearings go to shart if you don't pop the seals & grease the bearings.

    Honestly I've had better luck with open bearing headsets. Bigger bearings & easier to clean. Bought a used Kona with a super nasty cheap FSA open bearing headset. Though it was dead but went the cheap route, cleaned/regreased with waterproof grease. No complaints after 3 years of nastiness.

    Otherwise can't go wrong with a Chris King, even if it's used it'll last 5x longer than a Cane Creek.

    I've ridden many Chris Kings headsets over the years. Every half decade I will pop off the seals and regrease. They are normally still clean and smooth.

    My last experience with Cane Creek was with a 100 series headset I installed on my fair weather bike. It's seen rain perhaps a handful of times, never a hose. Anywho had a nasty creak & after excluding any other causes I decided to pop out the headset bearings. The upper was ok, but I cleaned and regreased. The lower was BROWN on the inside with rust contaminated grease. Not impressed after seeing hardlyany rainy rides, no hose treatment and stored in my heated office. It did run good after a proper cleaning & I made sure to top it off with water proof grease. But still, no comparing a cane creek to a Chris King regardless of price.
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    Yeah. Cartridge bearings have seals. Just grease liberally at installation. Some headset caps and crown races have rubber lips that rest against the head tube and help exclude contaminants. These can be beneficial and perhaps the only justification, IMO, for more expensive headsets.

    If you direct a forceful stream of water at the headset, all bets are off. I've seen many of bad headsets that had little or no grease left and were corroded.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eshew View Post
    Cane creeks really aren't that impressive. Bearings go to shart if you don't pop the seals & grease the bearings.

    Honestly I've had better luck with open bearing headsets. Bigger bearings & easier to clean. Bought a used Kona with a super nasty cheap FSA open bearing headset. Though it was dead but went the cheap route, cleaned/regreased with waterproof grease. No complaints after 3 years of nastiness.

    Otherwise can't go wrong with a Chris King, even if it's used it'll last 5x longer than a Cane Creek.

    I've ridden many Chris Kings headsets over the years. Every half decade I will pop off the seals and regrease. They are normally still clean and smooth.

    My last experience with Cane Creek was with a 100 series headset I installed on my fair weather bike. It's seen rain perhaps a handful of times, never a hose. Anywho had a nasty creak & after excluding any other causes I decided to pop out the headset bearings. The upper was ok, but I cleaned and regreased. The lower was BROWN on the inside with rust contaminated grease. Not impressed after seeing hardlyany rainy rides, no hose treatment and stored in my heated office. It did run good after a proper cleaning & I made sure to top it off with water proof grease. But still, no comparing a cane creek to a Chris King regardless of price.
    You are saying Chris King last longer? Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Picard is winning the internet right now.
    I've grenaded a cheap Ritchey headset quicker than a two hour drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    What is a high quality headset brand?
    VP, Neco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Picard is winning the internet right now.
    apparently some people STILL haven't learned to never answer a Picard question with a serious answer

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    Once my cane creek 40 went to crap I tried enduro fork seals replacement bearings. It’s been as long as I’ve owned the 40 and still going strong. Highly recommend after installing a cheap set, utilizing the same race.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Junersun View Post
    Once my cane creek 40 went to crap I tried enduro fork seals replacement bearings. It’s been as long as I’ve owned the 40 and still going strong. Highly recommend after installing a cheap set, utilizing the same race.


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    Ugh, Cane Creak 40s are the bane of my existence. I exaggerate, only a bit. Came OEM on my Yetis, first one failed and became a rusty mess in not much time, at which point you cant get it adjusted well. Replaced with “Enduro” bearings, which arent all that great, they got a cool name. Those also quickly rusted. Replaced with Hopes. Set once, no further adjustment needed years later. Wanted to transfer to my new bike, but Yeti changed to full integrated.
    My 27 year old bike has Chris King quill stem headset since day one, its still on original bearings. Used until just recently for commuting too, which can be pretty hard on bearings as its constant miles rain or shine.

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