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Chris King Headset WORTH $$$$$$????(12 posts)

Chris King Headset WORTH $$$$$$????fredstaple
Nov 5, 2003 4:55 AM
I purchased a cheap Italian lugged frame set (DeBernardi) as a project bike to build and turn into my rain bike. It has a 1 inch threaded headtube. Is the 1 inch King headset so good it is worth spending more than a quarter of the cost of the bike? Or do I just go with a Campy Chorus at less than half the King price? Thanks for your help and counsel.
IMHO: No.pitt83
Nov 5, 2003 5:14 AM
I've used $9 Ritchey logic headsets from pricepoint. I've never worn out, had need to adjust or had a headset problem. I cna buy 10 of these before breaking even on a Chris King. Yeah, they're nice, but not necessary.

Flame away!
They are so sweet, but really just bike jewelrycmgauch
Nov 5, 2003 6:09 AM
I love the CK, but in the context you lay out, it seems like overkill. When I built up my cheap roadie, I used a closeout Syncros from Nashbar. That is a nice unit too, they might even have 1" threaded left.

Another budget item is the Ritchey Scuzzy logic. I have them on my cross and my wife's mtn bike w/no issues.
not for your purposes_rt_
Nov 5, 2003 6:29 AM
i love my threaded 1" CK headset but (a) i only paid $30 for it, and (b) it went onto my primary ride (at the time).

for your purposes, as others have said, a CK headset would be overkill. get something cheap on close-out (the Synchros at nashbar is a great deal) for the rain bike.

re: Chris King Headset WORTH $$$$$$????lemmy999
Nov 5, 2003 7:12 AM
I got tired of constantly rebuilding the headsets on my mtn bike and bought a Chris King and have never had to touch it since. However, I wouldn't think of spending that kind of money for my roadie. It just doesn't see the abuse of my mtn bike headset. A cheap headset works just fine.
Install it and forget about it...biknben
Nov 5, 2003 7:37 AM
IMO, the King headset is one of the items you can put on a bike and never think about again. As someone who does his own maintenance, I find it refreshing.

I have to admit, a CK headset is a bit much for this bike. OTOH, you do mention this is a "rain bike". A headset takes a lot of abuse from rain rides. I have a King on my rain bike and I'm confident it will never give me a problem.

At least get something with cartridge bearings.
As opposed to the constant thought I give my Campy HS (nm)TJeanloz
Nov 5, 2003 7:47 AM
I wonder how those bearings are holding up. It keeps me up at night.
I like King, but the cost is hard to justifyColnagoFE
Nov 5, 2003 8:25 AM
The CHorus will do fine. Never had a road headset fail--no matter how cheap. That said,I have a CK headset on my Colnago. Never goes out of adjustment and works flawlessly.
get the Ultegragtx
Nov 5, 2003 9:01 AM
$35, just like the DA but with a steel crown race. Unbeatable for the $$$. The Chorus may be good but I'm assuming it's more money and I personally have never had much luck with Campy headsets... (ok, that's going back to the 80s)

I only use the King on my mtb.
The only reason that I git a king, was the colors.MR_GRUMPY
Nov 5, 2003 9:26 AM
It was only $50 over the price of a good quality headset, and it matched the color of my bike, so , Why not ?
For a rain bike, I would use an Ultegra. Even for threadless. (Dremel tool time)
Nov 5, 2003 9:32 AM
or purple? ;)
re: Chris King Headset WORTH $$$$$$????MShaw
Nov 5, 2003 10:07 AM
Depends on whether you're going to move the HS from frame to frame to frame. I've had several King HSs that have gone through several frames.

With a 1" steerer I'd go with something sealed bearing and in expensive.

If it were 1.125" and threadless, that'd be another story.