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Need a new headsettmac13
Dec 18, 2002 3:17 PM
Need to replace my current headset, Cane Creek. I ride about 400-500 mile a month and will do some Cat 4/5 racing this year. Looking at the Campy Record and Chris King. Is the King really worth twice the money? I ride a LS Tuscany w/ Ultegra and Ouzo Pro fork, 195lbs.
thread belowDougSloan
Dec 18, 2002 3:26 PM
Check the other thread closeby concerning value components.

I think the Campy is as nice or better than a CK. It has more of a classic look, and I've never heard of any problems with them. You just don't get the 10 year warranty, cartridge bearings, or any fancy colors.

re: Need a new headsetthe other Tim
Dec 18, 2002 3:41 PM
I know the current Tuscany comes with a Cane Creek IS or Campy Hiddenset. If your bike has an integrated HS, your options will be narrowed, and will not include CK. If you need to replace only the cartridge in your IS, there is a choice of stainless steel or plain old steel.
re: Need a new headsetRusty Coggs
Dec 18, 2002 6:15 PM
I have Kings, and had one Record and now have another.There will NOT be another Record.
Dec 21, 2002 10:08 AM
Chris King does offer an internal headset called "Perdido." Check out the image below and their web site at They also have an excellent article on the differences between conventional, integrated, and internal headsets.

I have a similar setup as yours (LS Tuscany w/Ultegra and Ouzo Pro fork.) Mine is the 2001 model so it's the non-integrated style headtube. I don't know much about the Campy Record headset, but I've been using CK on my MTB for years and have never had any problems. When I bought my road bike, I didn't even think twice about what to put on it - CK threadless. It's solid yet super smooth and easy to adjust/maintain.

You're obviously serious about cycling. The headset is one of the most important moving parts of the bike, so why not get the best? The extra cost of the King is actually quite small in the grand scheme of things, especially if you consider what a new Tuscany costs. Go for it! You won't regret it. Just be sure to consult with Litespeed if you do have a 2002 or later frame. Also, good luck finding somebody who sells Perdido.

Ride on.