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Need help on new headset choices...jba
Nov 16, 2001 5:42 PM

Time for a new headset, folks! I'm too cheap to go threadless, so what inexpensive (less than $50) threaded headset do you guys recommend?

My bike has a cheap, caged-bearing Tange headset. Are the sealed Ultegra Headsets any good?

re: Need help on new headset choices...metonymy3
Nov 16, 2001 7:54 PM
Chorus $40
Record $55
Dura Ace $50
Ultegra $40

I would get Chorus, probably, since it's a good headset, but you're not putting it on a record- bike. There're others too.
re: Need help on new headset choices...spook
Nov 16, 2001 8:12 PM

OK your cheap, but buy a King. I really don't know all that a headset does but my mountain and road both have kings. Think of it this way, when you get rid of the bike you can keep the king, it WILL last forever!!
re: Need help on new headset choices...Daniel
Nov 17, 2001 12:21 PM
Ritchey, $15 at The Third Hand.

Nov 18, 2001 10:21 AM
I say go with the Ultegra. It will give years of good service for about $35. It will be a solid improvement over your Tange anyways...

I am decidedly anti-Chris King, but a lot of people will tell you that they're the best. I say, get 99% the performance and save 60% of the price.
Nov 18, 2001 4:31 PM
unless you want a-head! buy a king, install it, and ride it! 10 year, no questions asked warranty!
Nov 19, 2001 8:17 AM
Everybody is so proud of their Chris King headsets you'd think they were made of solid gold. People say things like: "Install it and forget it" and "they have a 10 year warranty!".

I'll be honest with you, I forget about pretty much any headset that I install, and King owners seem to be the only group that CAN'T forget about their headset- they're so proud of it. In my years at the shop, replacing a headset was a pretty rare event. And with the exception of the worst headsets, the only headsets that ever needed replacement were those that had been seriously abused.

Since when did a headset become a status symbol? I daresay since King made theirs in pretty colors and did a marketing snowjob.

I'm not saying the King is not among the best headsets on the market- it certainly is. But you pay for the quality improvement, and, in my opinion, it's not a great value. Look at it this way: you could spec a bike with a King headset, and ultegra shifters and derailluers. Or, for the same money, get an ultegra headset and Dura-Ace shifters and derailluers. In terms of where money is best spent, I'd take the second option 99 times out of 100.
Stonglight Delta - $37Kerry Irons
Nov 18, 2001 12:48 PM
A super headset that will not wear out due to the roller bearing design. Very light. You can't go wrong - you'd have to buy a King to get a better HS.
Ultegra is a smart choiceEric
Nov 19, 2001 2:11 PM
For a 1" threaded headset the Ultegra is pretty hard to beat. Cheap, light, and reliable. I have one which is 6 years old and still going strong.