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Headset question!(5 posts)

Headset question!beeman
Jul 13, 2001 8:06 AM
What makes one headset better than the other? Just curious. The price differece is amazing.
Sealed Bearings vs. Open BearingsCima Coppi
Jul 13, 2001 8:45 AM
This is the big difference. For example, Chris King headsets use sealed bearings for smoother movement and less required service than a Campy or Shimano headset. I just got a King headset on my new bike, and I highly recommend it. Its worth the price not to have to service the thing.

Good luck!!

Bearings...Brian B.
Jul 13, 2001 3:33 PM
Actually, I would have thought that the big difference is ball bearings vs. cartridge bearings...

What's the difference between the sealed cartridge bearings of an Ultegra headset vs. the bearings in a CK? Are the Shimano ones not really sealed or something?

-Brian B.
Bearings...grzy mnky
Jul 13, 2001 3:39 PM
Naw, they're virtually all sealed. It's along the lines of a Yugo vs. a BMW. they're both cars, but there is a difference.

The Ultegra unit is pretty good value and had several of these before I went with a King. I think that the Cane Creek stuff is junk, having worked on a bunch of them and finding them to all be problematic. They just don't work as smoothly as they should - they're rough and tend to bind. It also comes down to where and how they're made. The King units are made in the USA with a lot of pride and skill, the others I'm not so sure about. It took quite a leap of faith to go for the King unit initially, but now I wouldn't even think twice if you're putting together a nice bike. If you're on a budget the Ultegra unit can be had for around $35 if you shop around the catalogs.
Quality and materials...MrCelloBoy
Jul 13, 2001 8:52 AM
Some have roller bearings rather than standard round bearings. Some are made with more precision than others. Some have better or more seals to keep out dirt and moisture. Dia Compe and Cane Creek make some pretty nice ones.
The Chris King is considered by many to be the ultimate.
That's what I'm getting on my new tandem.