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Headset size?(3 posts)

Headset size?Darren
Mar 7, 2001 10:23 AM
I'm looking at getting a new 'cross bike and I've narrowed my choice down to two. Both bikes have very similar geometry and the fit on the two is comparable. I'm down to the nitty-gritty in making my decision. One bike has a 1" headset, the other 1 1/8". Is there any reason I should choose one over the other? Is the choice of 1" headsets limited? How about 1" forks?



PS - I tried posting this in the 'cross section but was unable to post there.
re: Headset size?Akirasho
Mar 7, 2001 12:52 PM
... with respect to 1" steerers and headsets, chances are, your choices and availability will (have become) be limited in the not too distant future. As to when this would become a problem for you, no one can say.

I'd hate to condemn a bike based on what up until this point has been an acceptable "standard", but things they are a changin'. If all else is equal, then a choice over the "future standard" 1 1/8" headtube may well be the way to go. I recently purchased two new bikes... one with 1", the other with 1 1/8" headtubes. My decision to buy did not hinge on the headtube so it was easy for me, however, I do recognize that as time marches on, the 1" headtubed bike may become harder to service... maybe. On the other hand, you'll probably be able to pick up some spare "bargain" parts in the future to keep the ride going for a long time... I've found older 1" threaded carbon fiber forks for a song and set a couple aside for later... likewise, headsets are in general, long lived, so having a spare or two for the future may not be a bad idea.

Funky answer, and funky marketing makes for a funky future... who'd a thunk BetaMax woulda' lost out to VHS?

Be the bike.
re: Headset size?Largo
Mar 8, 2001 7:49 AM
From what i've gleaned, the move to 1 1/8" for road frames was due to the demand for carbon steerer tubes on forks, not, as in MTB, for strength.
The above post has a point, though.
IMO, i think the 1" will stay around for a while yet, because it is a bit lighter. But if you have a carbon steerer and 1 1/8, that could be a moot point.