Questions referring to the component fitted on or inside the head tube, which allow the steering tube to rotate freely.

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Headset bearings open to closed type

My XC MTB has open type headset bearings, is it possible to replace them with closed type? The main problem is that I live in a flat and only place where to wash my bike after a muddy or dusty race ...
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Headset can't tighten enough without stiffening steering, damaged bearing retainers?

I've just cleaned and regreased my headset (which is the stock Cane Creek headset on my bike). In doing it I've noticed that the bearing retainers are out of shape; they are not perfectly circular or ...
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VP Components headset specification

I have some difficulty selecting new headset for my bicycle. I know that from standard, internal and semi-integrated, my bicycle needs the last type. I know that my steer tube is oversize aka 1 ...
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Can a threaded headeset be converted to a threadless headset

I just want to ask a burning question in my mind. I still ride a bike that uses threaded headsets, I was wondering if I could use the tightening cap of the headset as the base of the whole thing then ...
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Don't integrated headsets wear out, ruining the frame?

I came upon this marvelous explanation of headset types. However, this got me wondering. Isn't the role of the headset cups similar to that of the derauler hanged - to not waste the frame as soon as ...
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Do the cups of headsets with cartridge bearings wear out?

On my bike I have an FSA headset Orbit X-CX which has cartridge bearrings. I re-grease the headset a few times each year and have recently replaced the lower bearing after ca 13,000 miles. The upper ...
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Can't find right headset adjustment

After a complete tear down and reassembly I can't seem to find the right tightness adjustment for my threadless fork / headset. If I loosen it to the point that the front fork turns freely, there's ...
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Removing headset cups from 44mm head tube

I have a 2015 Salsa Colossal with a 44mm head tube. The upper cup is a ZS44/28.6 (1 1/8") and the lower cup is EC44/33 (1 1/4"). I need to punch out the cups, so I bought a Park Tool RT-1. It ...
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Servicing / replacing headset

The headset on my daily commuter is foobared. So I'll be looking to service it, possibly replace as many of the low-end components with better ones. As I've learned the hard way, it's the questions ...
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Removing top cap and stem from Acros headset?

I recently bought a used Canyon Ultimate that has an Acros headset on it. I'm trying to remove the stem but for the life of me can't figure out how to take it off. The top cap doesn't have a vertical ...
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What Threadless adapter should I use?

I want to replace the quill stem on my Roadbike with a Threadless head post. The measurement shows about .8 inches. Does a 1 inch adapter mean it is converting to a 1 inch diameter or does it mean ...
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Should I use anti seize for headsets and press fit bottom brackets in a titanium frame?

I have a shiny new titanium frame that I will be building up. I had the shop press in a headset and it looks like they used grease at the interface. Should they have used anti seize? I also need to ...
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Can't adjust headset correctly

Summary - I'm using an FSA Orbit MX threadless/integrated headset in a brand new steel frame. My problem is that I cannot seem to adjust the headset to the right tightness - either it is too tight and ...
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What's the best strategy to preserve vintage headset life?

I recently purchased a complete Dura Ace 7400 set (8 speed, downtube shifters so 7402 parts) with the 7400 headset as well. It's the improved one with the silver race and not the gold one prone to ...
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Why isn't my quill stem controlling the front wheel of my bike? [duplicate]

Please excuse me if some of my terminology is off. I don't know much about bikes. When I came home from college I noticed that the seat of my bike was way to high and the headset was really low, I ...
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Cannondale CAAD12 headset proprietary or replaceable?

Just wondering if the headsets used in the CAAD12 frames include replaceable bearing cups, or if the cups are integrated into the frame (non-replaceable). I'm also wondering if the headsets are ...
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Giant OverDrive road fork replacement

I've got a Giant Revolt with a OverDrive tapered steerer (1 1/8-inch top to 1 1/4-inch bottom), and am thinking about replacing the fork with a shock. If I used a shock with a 1 1/8-inch non-tapered ...
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Weird gyro effect while riding

I have an old threaded headset and quill stem. Recently I overhauled the headset; replacing the bearing sleeves with loose bearings (filled to max and removed 1 bearing). The stem was also found to be ...
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Alternative to 1" threaded low profile headset?

I have a old (guessing ~2005) Jamis Aurora road bike. Recently, I found that the threads on the headset (probably original, nuts are made of aluminum) were stripped. The bike has a steel fork, and is ...
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I'm looking for a 700c disc fork. Integrated headset and fender eyelets [closed]

I want to upgrade my winter bike to a disc front. I cannot find a 700c integrated headset fork with disc mounts and fender eyelets. It needs to handle 35cm tires (so, yeah, a 29er fork will probably ...
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Using Loctite for integrated head set and bottom bracket installation

I'm in the process of building up a new bike from scratch. Since the last time I have done this many things have changed, reading varios forums and watching numberless videos on YouTube have not ...
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How much torque should a threaded headset resist?

My flagship BSO has a threaded headset. I recently discovered, to my surprise, that when I twisted the handlebars hard while restraining the wheel, I could move the stem. It isn't nearly loose enough ...
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Can a headset base spacer ring be removed?

My bike currently has a headset base spacer ring (aka conical or cone spacer) installed (like the tapered ring in the picture ). Can this ring be completely removed if the steerer and spacers are ...
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Is it possible to replace a 1 1/8 steering tube with a 1"?

I have a 94 Giant ATX. Threaded 1 inch steeering tube. I need a shorter stem, and would also like to install a suspension fork. Is it doable? Could I take a modern suspension fork, heat the crown, ...
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Tapered suspension fork on a 2003 Surly Karate Monkey frame

Is there any way I can run a modern tapered 1 1/2" to 1 1/8" tapered suspension fork on a 2003 Surly Karate Monkey (Original frame style with V-brake and Disc Brake Mounts). I think it only works with ...
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How often should one service headset bearings?

How often should one disassemble one's headset and service the bearings, assuming it's a fairly new road bicycle with sealed cartridge bearings and is ridden every day?
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How do I tighten up my headset?

I've got an old bike with a quill stem, and the headset arrangement has a nut, and a textured lock ring. I presume I should tighten with a combination of a spanner and mole grip. Is a mole grip the ...
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Headset fully tightened, but fork still loose and wobbly [duplicate]

I'm almost done assembling my new bike :) There is still one thing in the way though... See the headset in the picture? It was installed by a professional (or, at least a LBS owner) when I bought the ...
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Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?

I'm considering replacing my threaded aluminum forks, threaded headset, steel threaded stem and steel handlebars with threadless carbon forks, threadless headset and integrated carbon stem and ...
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Kona Mahuna 2013 headset change question.

I have a Kona Mahuna 2013 and I got a tapered fork as well as a new wheel and now I'm looking for advice on changing my headset to accept tapered forks. I've been looking and I believe that this ...
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Should I be able to 'manually' rotate the headset?

When I wrap my fingers around my roadie's headset, I'm able to 'rotate' some parts of it freely around. Should this be happening? If it should not be happening, what is causing this and is it ...
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Installing new threadless headset: how to set the crown ring and its rubber ring?

My old headset was loosy and feeling very instable. So I removed it, I got this: and I'd want to install it. I am wondering what is the right way to install the two pieces on the right. I know the ...
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Star Nut Replacement Size

A total newb, I busted the star fangled nut on my new road bike, while trying to tighten the headset. Generally speaking, how does a person know what size star-nut to use? In my case, a quarter fits ...
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How often should the headset be tightened?

I live in an area with a lot of potholes and commute daily (between 10-20 miles depending) on a modern road bike. Today while coming in hard (18+mph) to a stop, I went over a worn paving layer with ...
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SR Suntour XCM v3 forks Headset

Currently building a new mountain bike and for the time being I'm using the old forks until I buy some new ones. My question is how do I find out what type of headset I need? Because from my ...
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Tightening threaded headset locknut

I'm adjusting the threaded headset on my Brompton (if that matters). I read Sheldon Brown's and Park Tool's articles on this topic and followed the recommendations. I adjust the upper race so that ...
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Felt carbon steerer compression plug removal

How do I remove a compression plug (aka. expander bung) like this one? Most guides I could find assume that there's a 6mm hex Allen opening that allows tightening/loosening the plug but that's ...
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Help with pairing the right headset to a new 3T fork

I recently purchased an Aventon Mataro (http://aventonbikes.com/track/) frame and a 3T Funda Pro with tapered fork (1 1/4' - 1 1/8' 1.25 ). I've been trying to figure out which headset I need to fit ...
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Headest: replace bearings or entire headset

I realize this will be different for all headsets, but: I have a Tange Levin headset. The headset is starting to show wear: the fork sticks at regular intervals through its turning. I've inspected ...
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Where can I get a new steer tube or 1 1/8" 6061 Aluminum Rod Stock?

I have an Anti-Gravity fork that features a removable steer tube, but it is a threaded fork. Where can I buy a threadless steer tube to clamp into it to convert it? All I can find are threaded steer ...
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New headset cups loose against the frame

Trying to replace the headset cups and race faces on a steel frame for 1" fork. Removed the old cups by gently knocking them in a circle with a steel pipe of the correct diameter. However, the new cup ...
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How can I fit a tapered fork to a 1 1/8 semi-integrated/zero stack head tube?

I have a 2004 Giant VT frame with a zero stack / semi-integrated headset. It currently takes a straight steerer threadless fork. Is there any type of headset I can put on so I can fit a tapered ...
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Gap between lower headset cup and fork. Is this likely to be a problem?

Yesterday I had a headset and fork fitted by my LBS. Lacking the specific tools or knowledge, I thought it better to leave this job to a professional; as a consequence of my inexperience, however, I ...
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Threaded headset wobbles after riding

This is my first time adjusting a threaded headset. After thoroughly cleaning, inspecting and greasing the bearings, I attempted to re-assemble the headset. The piece is interesting in that the lower ...
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Do I need to face my new frame?

I just purchased a new aluminum MTB frame. The headset is a standard "NECO, 142, 1-1/8” AHEAD". The BB is ... I'm not sure, but is internal and threaded. How do I determine if I need to face or ream ...
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Replacing needle bearing threaded headset with an ordinary one

I got a bicycle like this one (90's trekking/city bike). When I got it, the headset seemed overtightened, when I took it apart I saw that it was somewhat damaged (looks like ridden for some time while ...
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Why no threaded headset cups?

Threaded bottom brackets are much simpler to install require minimal tools (press-in requires a $300 press) are automatically aligned, as the thread was cut in the factory. So what is the reason ...
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Are BMX threaded headsets and other threaded headsets interchangeable?

I want to buy a threaded headset for an old road frame that takes 1 inch threaded steerer tube / headsets. I see headsets for sale online that are labeled as "1 inch threaded BMX headset". Is there ...
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Do headset and frame metals need to match, or will a steel/aluminum headset get stuck on an aluminum/steel frame?

Will a steel headset get stuck on an aluminum frame bike? Will an aluminum alloy headset get stuck on a steel frame bike? I am not asking about carbon frames, by the way. I ask because I have seen ...
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What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...