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integrated headset?...(5 posts)

integrated headset?...Bigburlymtnman
Mar 25, 2002 3:08 PM
I don't understand what an integrated headset is. What is it and what are its advantages? Thanks

re: integrated headset?...Akirasho
Mar 25, 2002 6:23 PM
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... not an easy question to answer...

I'll leave you to digest what's being said on both sides of the issue... I don't have a bike equipped with one, and while the concept intrigues me, without a true standard... I'm gonna hold off a while...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
It's no wonder you're confused.Spoke Wrench
Mar 25, 2002 6:25 PM
There are actually two quite different products that are both commonly called "integrated headsets".

A true integrated headset has a projection formed on the inside of the headtube that acts as the inner seat for the headset bearings. It saves a few grams of weight since it eliminates the need for a pressed in metal inner races. The drawback is that if you ever need a replacement, you will probably have to hope that the frame manufacturer has replacements to sell.

More common is what is sometimes called a "semi-integrated headset, zero stack headset" or what I prefer to call a "hidden headset". These just press the inner races completely inside of an oversize head tube rather than above and below the head tube like conventional headsets. It looks to me like the advantage is mostly cosmetic.
re: integrated headset?...Elefantino
Mar 25, 2002 8:11 PM
Our children may grow up without knowing segregated headsets-NMMe Dot Org
Mar 25, 2002 9:33 PM