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Headset recommendations?(7 posts)

Headset recommendations?MeDotOrg
May 28, 2001 12:54 PM
I ride a 2000 Bianchi Veloce, bought it in September. Yesterday I started hearing a clicking sound at round mile 30 of a 72 mile ride. It became more and pronounced. This morning I was fortunate enough to find a bike shop open on Memorial Day. The verdict: the headset is shot. A definite indent when I turn the wheel. (If you're wondering, Bianchi's website says the headset is made by Miche Racing.)

Tomorrow I take the bike back to the shop where I bought it. The bummer is that I'm going on the California Aids Ride and I need it back A.S.A.P. I don't want to ride the bike 575 miles in its present condition.

A couple of questions:

I've ridden the bike a lot since September, probably 4500 miles. Should the headset still be replaced under warranty?

If the bike shop has to back order the part, I'm going to have to use a replacement. Judging from the reviews here (and the guys I talked with in the bike shop today) Chris King headsets are the best. But they ARE expensive. What about Campy Chorus, Record or Cane Creek? They're quite a bit cheaper.

If I go for a more expensive headset, should I only pay the difference between that cost and the cost of a (original equipment) Miche Racing headset?

And finally, how dangerous is it to ride a bike with a clicking headset?
re: Headset recommendations?peloton
May 28, 2001 1:10 PM
Headsets are kind of a wear and tear sort of part, like tires or bottom brackets. You can expect to kill one or two over the years. I wouldn't expect a warranty after 4500 miles, although you might get lucky. It's one of those parts that can be destroyed by improper adjustment, contamination, and water too. For that reason, unless there is a specific manufacturer's defect you will probably be responsible for the replacement cost yourself.

You can't go wrong with a Chris King. Put it on your bike, and forget about it. It does cost more, but I haven't heard anyone complain about their's failing. It will probably outlast your bike.
I've had good luck with Cane Creek too. If you get a Cane Creek though, pull the bearings apart before you install it and apply a liberal amount of grease. They sometimes are little dry out of the box. Aside from that though, Cane Creek is a good headset. I would reccomend the C-2. It still isn't a Chris King though, but it is half as much. What is worth more to you?
re: Headset recommendations?JohnG
May 28, 2001 1:44 PM
CK's are great but make sure you are "over investing". IMHO, Campy and Cane creek are pretty close in quality. I've got all three on bikes right now.

If you get desperate.... you can either leave the HS as is or rotate the cups 90 degrees. No safety issue here. BTW, HS's usually get damaged as you mentioned by running them loose.

good rides
re: Headset recommendations?JRM
May 28, 2001 2:13 PM
Ive been using a CC S2 for some time. i really like it. And yes it is economical.
re: Headset recommendations?Hank
May 28, 2001 10:23 PM
yeah, as someone else mentioned, I'd try to regrease and re-adjust it first. I go with King on the mtb, but for road bikes, unless you really want to spend the money, something like an Ultegra should be great.
Cane Creek S5James
May 29, 2001 1:35 AM
I've had the Cane Creek S5 for a few months now, it runs about $80-$100, but it solid and built to last. If you end up buying a Cane Creek C2, Look in the online shops "blowout" section and they run about $30.
Thank you one and allMeDotOrg
May 29, 2001 12:59 PM
As I sit, my LBS is installing a Chris King. I would have probably gone for the Cane Creek had they any in stock, but I didn't want to wait for a new one and didn't want to ride the bike with the old one.

So it's probably a little bit of overkill for this Bianchi, but at least I'll probably never have to worry about replacing it...

BTW, when I told the guy who sold me the bike I'd put 4500 miles on it since September, he looked at me and said "I very rarely say this, but I probably didn't sell you enough bike".

Oh well...the bottom bracket is probably next....