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Threaded vs. threadless headset question(9 posts)

Threaded vs. threadless headset questionanalog1
May 13, 2003 9:42 AM
I need to buy a headset for my roadbike. I am starting from scratch with the frame and fork. Since the bike has never been built can I go with either a threaded or threadless or does the fork make a difference? Right now I have the original steel fork 1". I plan to put on a carbon fork. I don't have the stem yet so that's not an issue.

I guess my question is: does the fork steerer tube make a difference when deciding to go threaded or threadless?

Thanks!
re: Threaded vs. threadless headset questiondpazos
May 13, 2003 9:49 AM
Im pretty new at wrenching, but I am pretty sure the fork dictates what type of stem you can use. On a threadless stem you can not use a threaded stem and visceversa.
re: Threaded vs. threadless headset questionRob Sal
May 13, 2003 10:16 AM
Yes of course since its the steerer tube that the term 'threaded' or 'threadless' is refering to.
I know it's a lot of money, but...MR_GRUMPY
May 13, 2003 10:34 AM
if you get a threadded king headset now, you can buy a coversion kit later, to convert it to threaddless.
Or you can get a cheap Ultegra HS now, and replace it later.
re: Threaded vs. threadless headset questionwindinhair
May 13, 2003 11:14 AM
Don't bother with the steel fork and go get a carbon fork. SUPERGO.com has a Weyless carbon fork for about $99 and it's great. I've been racing on mine for two years and it has been a charm. Don't let that price fool you, it's made by a major manufacturer. You want to go threadless, they are easier to service in the long run. A nice headset is a Chris king, if you can afford it. I set mine up mayself, and cut my own fork etc. If your not handy take the frame headset and fork to a good bike shop and let them do it. Once you screw up a carbon fork steerer there may be no turning back. Make sure you buy the right size fork for your frame, meaning is it a one inch or 1 1/8 headtube on the bike frame. carbon fork may mean that just the fork is carbon and the steerer is cro-moly or aluminum. It may also mean that the fork blades are carbon and the steerer is carbon. You have to consider all of this when making a purchase.
re: Dissing steel forks.Rusty Coggs
May 13, 2003 12:28 PM
There really are some very good steel forks,and some not so good CF ones when it come to suitability for a specific rider or purpose.
Is there a great advantage of threadless over threaded?dpazos
May 13, 2003 12:47 PM
not reallylaffeaux
May 13, 2003 1:19 PM
The only real advantage that threadless offers is a larger selection of stem choices. Fewer and fewer quill stems are available each year.

Threadless might be a tad lighter, and is easier to set the bearing pre-load with minimal tools.

Threaded is slightly easier to adjust height on.
Thanks for all the info!analog1
May 13, 2003 1:50 PM
I guess I'll just get a carbon fork. It's an '88 Colnago frame and I don't want it to look silly with a fancy Carbon fork. If I get a Colnago Force fork it should look fine. A quill stem is much more age appropriate, but I'm building the bike not restoring it. So I guess it will have to be a carbon threadless fork with a threadless headset. Thanks for the Chris King suggestion, but I am going to go with Campy record threadless. I'm putting record 10 on the bike and want to keep it all campy record.

Wish me luck.