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Fixing ovalized headtubes(3 posts)

Fixing ovalized headtubess4orce
Oct 8, 2003 7:33 AM
Does anybody know of ANYONE in the San Francisco Bay Area that can repair an ovalized headtube as described below?

According to Lennard Zinn, "The only thing a framebuilder could do is build up some brass inside the end of the head tube and ream it out to the proper size. That would probably work just fine, but it would required stripping the bike's parts, repainting, and reassembling--probably $250 for all of that."

Any information is greatly appreciated!
Another possibility...biknben
Oct 8, 2003 7:49 AM
Have you looked into the Chris King Steelset headset. It's intended to be used on burly Mtn. bikes. It inserts 1" deep into the headtube so it is less likely to ovalize the frame.

In your case, depending how bad, it may solve your problem by inserting past the area that is damaged. It's a long-shot but worth considering.

http://www.chrisking.com/headsets/hds_steelset.html
second itcyclopathic
Oct 8, 2003 8:38 AM
I believe if you already have King you can get lower Steelset sleeve (most of the time headset ovalized only at the bottom) and reuse the rest. Saves a couple ounces.