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Threaded to Threadless(6 posts)

Threaded to ThreadlessWCC
Apr 2, 2002 8:46 PM
Is there any reason I should upgrade to a threadless headset and stem? How hard would this be? Ive got a 5200 with a threaded HS.
re: Threaded to ThreadlessRusty Coggs
Apr 3, 2002 6:47 AM
You will also need a new fork.A threadless headset itelf offers no advantage.If you switch the fork to all carbon and use a high $$ lightweight stem, you could save some significant weight.Otherwise,what's the point?
re: Threaded to ThreadlessChen2
Apr 3, 2002 7:01 AM
I just had my '98 5500 upgraded with a new Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork and threadless Chris King head-set because I did not want to upgrade the frame. It was a significant weight loss and the bike rides much better, but it was also quite expensive.
~Al
Easier and cheaper to take the weight off you.cory
Apr 3, 2002 8:51 AM
Far as I've ever been able to feel, there's no advantage in performance--threaded headsets have worked perfectly well for, what, 100 years now? And durability's not a factor; I have one that's 20 years old and has been serviced once.
I'm not sure what the other posters mean by "significant" weight reduction. It is a little lighter, but what's a few dozen grams in the total bike/rider package? It's cheaper to take the weight off yourself.
Most are correct, no advantage really to going threadlessLone Gunman
Apr 3, 2002 10:56 AM
I have heard that the 11/8" headtube makes for a stiffer front end but that is not an option for you. If you like the look of the threadless/stem set-up, Cinelli sells a quill adapter; post that replaces your gooseneck stem and you use the new style threadless stems to attach handlebars. I see that option as the best of both worlds, when it may be time to upgrade to full threadless, you have some of the parts to complete the job. $20 for this doodad @ Colorado Cyclist and then you need to pick out a stem however then the 1" vs. 11/8" becomes a problem for future use in a threadless set up if you planned to use the same stem later. No need for a new fork with the quill adapter.
re: stiffer and lightercyclopathic
Apr 3, 2002 1:38 PM
Quilt stem is noticeably less stiff then threadless, esp if you run it high.
To upgrade you'd need new fork, stem, headset and spacers. Headset press is $$$ so expect to pay ~25-30$ to press out old headset and install new.

Personally I wouldn't do it unless there is a good reason (need new headset and/or wanna different fork) good luck