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wanted: suggestions for new headset(7 posts)

wanted: suggestions for new headsetbiggearlover
Sep 2, 2003 11:15 AM
I am in the process of upgrading an existing steel roadbike with lots of new parts and, of course, a carbon fork. This bike will be the 'workhorse', so in picking parts, I've tried to be economical (for my standards!). No fancy stuff on this bike.
So what headset should I pick? I already have the CK on the other bike, but now I am looking for the economic route. FSA? Cane Creek? I have no experience with any of these.
Any suggestion will be appreciated.
re: wanted: suggestions for new headsetJuanmoretime
Sep 2, 2003 12:08 PM
I'm a King user myself. Nashbar is closing out Syncros headsets pretty cheap. Go read the reviews at mtbr.
re: wanted: suggestions for new headsetHarlemCracka
Sep 2, 2003 12:17 PM
I've got the Cane Creek that came on my Lemond stock bike, and have had no problems after 5000 miles.
Good suggestions, but if it is your rainbike....Spunout
Sep 3, 2003 3:38 AM
I have a Cane Creek C2 on my Lemond. The bearings are getting pitted on the bottom because the seals are quite bad on the bottom race.

Now, a new bearing will cost me $30, or I can just buy a better headset. Your choice, but watch the water. Syncros is good stuff, I don't know how well it is sealed.

So, I use a 'Lizard Skin' cover on my bottom race to keep the water out of the bearing. BTW, if I ever replace it, I will probably buy campagnolo Chorus.
threaded or threadless?gtx
Sep 3, 2003 9:26 AM
threaded the best bang for the buck IMO is Shimano Ultegra--same as DA but with a nice steel crown race. For threadless I'd look at FSA or maybe Ritchey if you're feeling cheap.
threaded or threadless?biggearlover
Sep 3, 2003 10:27 AM
Sorry, I wasn't very specific. I need 1 inch, threadless. My experience of the last 10 years is limited to DA threaded (OK) and Chris King threaded (super, install right and forget).
As the CK would cost about $170-200 in this country, I wanna go cheaper but not necessarily cheapo. So I thought Cane Creek S2, or FSA Orbit XL, the $50 range. I was looking for real life experiences, and browsing this board a little more, found more sound advice, leaning towards the CC, although the sealing could be a problem.
And then the CC S-Pro offer of Supergo: very tempting, although shipping and customs duties will up that price.
Anyway, my broken left humerus is still not healed and certainly not up to old strength, so it's not a pressing matter.
Now why did I land on my elbow instead of the usual shoulder? Than I'd have broken my collarbone, and would've been OK by now!

Thanks for the input, guys.
Cane Creek S-Pro at Performance for $59innergel
Sep 4, 2003 11:09 AM
I think the CC S2 is in the mid-$30's. My S2 has held up for $5000 miles or so with only a minor adjustment. Starting to show some signs of wear now, but generally not a problem with it.

Might be worth a look for $30.