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    What Headset Are You Using

    I do not know what headset to run. I am torn between the Tune, Extralite and the trusty King. (1 1/8). Any suggestions?

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    I use an FSA XL-II. Works great, cheap, but pretty darn ugly.
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    Chris King. Rolls like nothing, beauty as hell and with most cult-factor I'm also quite sure they'll outstand Extralite and Tune in terms of durability.

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    Been running the same Chris King for 11 year's now. Bearing's are as smooth as the day I bought it.

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    King= overbuilt, overweight and overpriced, IMO. I have been very impressed with my Tune Bobo HS and less so with my Extralite Freehead 2, FWIW.
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    Take a look at the new Crank Bros direct sets. Just got one from Jenson. Very nice headset and 65g.

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    Chris King. The END for all HS. I don't care if it's a bit heavy.
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    I have used Kings for the last 5+ years but now switching over to Cane Creek 110's when a new frame is prepped. I was always impressed with the CC Solos but the 110's just take it up another notch. The new Crank Bros. directsets are nice as well but I don't have any experience with them.

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    I have a Chris King on my FS and an FSA Orbit Pro on my hardtail. Love my CK. Classic, beautiful, durable, reliable, weatherproof... Even with a few grams penalty, I would still take it over any other H/Set.

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    I own four kings but three are currently in the toolbox. I rarely actually find myself reaching for them also when building a bike. Twenty years ago maybe there was nothing better or even comparable but today its another story. $15 chinese made headsets now spin as smooth and weigh less, and hell, even if the bearings only last 1 year instead of 10, you'd still come out more economical just buying complete replacement headsets than with that one king.

    I use a LOT of Neco headsets now... They use the same bearings for threaded and threadless convention (press-in cups) versions so if you wanna swap a bike's fork from thread to threadless all you need is a new top cap assembly really. The threadless ones in 1 1/8 are 134g (with SFN) in the 1 1/8 conventional and 107g for ZeroStack. They retail for $23 cdn and come in black or silver cups. Those are the sealed cartridge bearing models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    $15 chinese made headsets now spin as smooth and weigh less, and hell, even if the bearings only last 1 year instead of 10, you'd still come out more economical just buying complete replacement headsets than with that one king.
    How are your maths? King headsets are available for $120, 10*$15 = $150.
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    Tune BoBo

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    CK headsets though I have used a FSA Orbit as well. Prefer the CKs- smooth, reliable, easy to regrease, and they keep going. I got mine for under $100 so it wasn't too bad.

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    Thank you everyone for your input, i think I am going to go with the King headset. i have had them before but I just thought I would try something a little lighter. I have heard some bad reviews about the extralite and the Crank brothers is till new and hard to get, the Tune also. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy
    How are your maths? King headsets are available for $120, 10*$15 = $150.
    That's if you can find one in stock at that price. The king MSRP on them is much higher which is why many dealers have lost their accounts for CK products.
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    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...2&category=725

    129 USD.
    Orders over 100 get 10% off. Orders over 300 get 15% off. I usually have no problems spending 300 USD. So the final price of that headset plus is 109.65 + shipping.

    I think that is the best price online that I can find.

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    9 years on the same Chris King, no problems.

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