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Integrated headsetsveloworm
Sep 18, 2001 2:37 PM
what do you guys think of the new generation of integrated headsets. Companies did it years back and it didn't last will it last now. What do you do if you own a bike with an integrated headset and they stop making them in a couple years? Here is a pic of a 1930's BSA track bike with an integrated headset.
easy...planned obsolescence (mn)Red Barn
Sep 18, 2001 2:46 PM
re: Integrated headsetsAtombomber
Sep 18, 2001 7:21 PM
I believe it is a fad that will last. There has been a standard design, so it isn't just 'this frame can only use this headset'. I don't think it is anything but a design issue to make the front of the frame look neater. There are no weight savings. The extra material equals the what a pressed in cups would weigh, and the rest is used by both. Certain bikes do look sweet, but I don't think it will add anything to performance.
re: Integrated headsetstcr01
Sep 19, 2001 9:32 AM
I find the major down side to be the reduced stack height that comes with the IS. This means more spacers or a higher rise stem are needed. The aesthetics of both are poor. Also, adding spacers isn't always an option with carbon steerers. I am speaking from my own experiences in buying a frame with an IS. If I could do it over again, I would opt for a traditional over the IS.
re: Integrated headsetsveloworm
Sep 19, 2001 12:15 PM
here is another shot of a 1940's Bianchi Track bike it had integrated headset also