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Integrated Headset & Sizing(4 posts)

Integrated Headset & Sizingjagiger
Mar 26, 2002 9:01 AM
I was curious to learn that the IHS effects fit, since the rider is placed in a flater position since the head tube is not as long.

I bought a used C'dale with IHS from this site last year. I needed to replace the stem for length & I got a 5 percent rise which felt better. In my next bike, can I just use spacers to raise my position & get the same effect that I get from my current stem? How much would you use?
headtube length not standardstr8dum1
Mar 26, 2002 9:12 AM
each brand and even model bike has a different head tube length. thus its hard to say how many spacers you'll need. how about you buy some and try it out for yourself? that really the only way since we arent riding your bike.

and not all IHS bikes have shorter total hights. some regular HS bikes have short head tubes plus a headset would be the same as an IHS
oh so trueTig
Mar 26, 2002 1:47 PM
My new bike with an integrated headset has a head tube that is 5 cm longer than my similarly sized older bike did with it's quill stem standard headset. The integrated headsets may have a lower profile in general, but the 2002 Campy Record Hiddenset my bike uses has a raised collar like the one in this photo of Team Telecom's Pinarello Prince.

Integrated headsets don't have much purpose than marketing and looks, IMO. I'm not worried about availability of a Campy headset, but about how an integrated race could make a frame become worthless if it becomes damaged.
oh so true to a point...Akirasho
Mar 26, 2002 2:13 PM
Gerard Vroomen over at Cervelo put it like this with respect to certain frame sizes...

Most of the 2002 P3's have integrated headsets, but not all of them.
Where the integrated headset is important is on the 52cm frame size, as
it allows for a lower overall stack height in the front and hence a
lower bar position. Since the 52cm is the smallest size where we use
700c wheels, this is important. We are also switching over the other
sizes to integrated headset, but there is not real advantage or
disadvantage in those sizes. As others have stated, if you are looking
for the best non-integrated headset, Chris King is the way to go. If you
buy a complete P3 and it has an integrated headset, it comes with its
dedicated Cane Creek IHS. From now on if you buy a non-integrated P3,
it comes with a Chris King.

Best Regards,

Gerard Vroomen,
Cervelo Cycles Inc.


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