Questions tagged [headset]

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

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Should amateurs install their own headsets?

Building a bike from scratch sounded like a fun challenge, but a frame builder firmly told me to get the headset installed professionally. Videos online make it look easy even if you don't have the ...
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Adapter to use straight fork in tapered steerer semi-integrated?

A 1 1/8 straight fork tube going into a Trek Headset VP Zero Stack (Semi-Integrated) 1- 1/8+ Tapered to 1.5. I think i need some kind of adapter for the lower 1.5 inch end... do they make these and if ...
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Replacement upper headset bearings for Cannondale Trail SL

I have a Cannondale Trail SL SS from 2014 or so, and I'm having trouble figuring out what to replace the upper headset bearings with (they are knackered). The fork is the one the bike came with, a ...
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Trying to identify lower headset bearings

I have a 2010 Giant Defy 3.0 with broken lower headset bearings. It's a tapered 1 1/4 and 1 1/8 fork but the lower part of the headset seems to have a non-standard extra fitting that only allows a ...
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Ultra-light steerer cap idea

I want to run a brake hose through my steerer tube and need space for a clean exit. My idea is to attach a kevlar spoke to the crown of the fork using the fender attachment point. Then I can run that ...
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Stiff/binding headset

My road bike has been left outside all summer, UK weather so a mix of rain, sun, clouds, more clouds and even more clouds/rain. When I went to move it at the weekend, I couldn't turn the handlebars ...
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Squeaky Headset - Giant Fastroad SL-1 2019

The headset area on my bike has just developed a squeak whenever the handlebars are turned. I've checked that there's not friction from a cable making the noise, and the bolt on the top of the headset ...
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Road bike headset: the spacer above the stem can rotate but not the ones below, is it wrong?

I checked my bike for play yesterday and found some in the headset when rocking while slamming the front brake. I loosened the stem bolts and top cap then tightened them again. The play in the headset ...
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Which way to use a crown race removal tool?

I purchased the following crown race removal tool: http://www.birzman.com/products_2.php?uID=2&cID=24&Key=106 It has a flat side and a side with 45 degree chamfered edge. I suppose the idea is ...
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Can I fit any headset to steering column / head tube as long as it is threadless and same diameter?

I want to convert from 1 inch threaded fork to 1 inch threadless. What measurements do I need to take into consideration when choosing the fork and headset for my head tube? Can I fit any headset to ...
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I removed my fork from frame, and forgot the order of the headset spacers and bearing races, what do I do?

My bike is the Diamondback Expresso 27.5 and the forks are VAXA 100mm forks and after, when I tried to put them back on, the top tube of the suspension forks wobbles around, even when I've put all the ...
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Headset bearing dimensions

I've got some IS49/37 headset bearings on order to be used in a custom frame I'm trying to design, the problem is they take a month to arrive. I don't have a technical drawing of the bearings and can'...
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Do I need to remove the headset cups to convert threaded to threadless fork?

I want to change a 1 inch threaded fork to 1 inch threadless fork, but according to some tutorials on the internet, the process of removing and installing new cups looks a bit difficult and requires ...
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Tiny amount of play on 1" threaded headset normal?

I can't seem to find the perfect balance between tightness/looseness on this Tange Levin 1" threaded headset. If I adjust it so the handlebars turn with no noticeable friction, I can feel a very ...
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Headset replacement for 1976 Sears Roebuck

I am not a bike expert, however I enjoy working on modern single speeds and beach cruisers, and learning as much as I can along the way. I have tried to teach myself, via the internet and by asking ...
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Ways to increase handlebar height?

Recently got my first bike with drop handlebars. After riding around for a while, I noticed some neck/trap/shoulder strain. I have tried adjusting the seat height, but I think the next best solution ...
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Is lithium grease suitable for lubricating the steel headset cups when pressing them into the aluminium frame?

Can I use lithium (lithium soap based) grease for lubricating the steel headset cups when pressing them into the aluminium frame? I mean cups, not the bearings inside them. Is it good for preventing ...
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Headset, stem and steerer tube gap?

I have just adjusted my spacers positions on my headset. There origionally 3 spacers below the stem one larger than the others and none above the stem, then I took the 2 smaller ones and placed them ...
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How to remove the fork off this Peugeot Nouveau

I have this Peugeot Nouveau fold up bicycle that I'm trying to restore, but I can't manage to remove the forks from the frame. I've removed the handle bars and the stem(?) as well as the pieces that ...
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Help getting the right headset bearings

I need to change my headset bearings, however, there seems to be so many different variations out there, and I'm afraid to order the wrong parts. Why not just order the same type as the old bearings ...
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Stuck Compression Plug and Top Cap Screw

Issue My top cap screw bolt is currently stuck in my compression plug, and I'm seeking some advice on how to remove both the broken bolt and the compression plug. This was the top cap I was using: It'...
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Is this an integrated crown race?

The title says it all. I would like to change the bearings for my headset,but i have no idea if this crown race is removable. It is a Bontrager fork, probably from 2007. Thank you, From Norway.
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Headset problems

I was servicing my headset for the first time and I am now struggling to put it back together. I have tried in the order of 123, 321, 231, 132. It hasn't worked. I know this as I have 4 spacers 3 ...
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Can I tell the inner diameter of my 1" head tube without removing the headset?

I need to replace my 1" threaded headset, but to my surprise the replacement headset is available for either 30.0mm or 30.2mm inner head tube diameter. Is it possible to tell which one I need ...
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What are the benefits of oversize lower headset bearings?

Long time ago, bicycles had threaded 1 inch headsets and fork steerer tubes were always made of steel. Then, approximately the same time, 1+1/8 inch headsets, threadless headsets and steerer tubes ...
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Where should I prefer and avoid cartridge bearings in a bicycle?

All bicycle bearings, hubs, bottom bracket and headsets used to be cup and cone bearings. However, recently there has been a trend to replace these with cartridge bearings in new parts. Is this a good ...
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Slotted or unslotted crown race with tapered carbon steerers

Does a tapered carbon steerer (40mm at the crown) typically require a slotted crown race if the steerer lacks an integrated bevel on which the lower bearing can rest? I have a Cane Creek Forty headset ...
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What is this headset's name per the Standardized Headset Identification System

The Park Tool website has a page describing the standardized headset identification system. I would like to confirm that I've understood it properly. Is this bottom section of a press-fit headset ...
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Is my headtube unusually long?

So I was looking to exchange my fork to Suntour one and red that their steerer tubes are just 255mm length, is that too short for my bike? Does anyone even sell forks with longer steerer tubes or is ...
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Gap in headset dust cover--what am I missing?

I replaced my stem with one that has a taller stack height. I learned about proper gaps for the headset preload and had to requisition a thinner spacer to ensure there's ~3mm between the top of the ...
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is there such as thing as a tapered-to-straight adapter for MTB headset?

I am trying to assemble a bike for someone in my family. There are a few challenges. The first is my limited experience, the second is her wish-list, which includes using a 27.5" MTB frameset ...
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How can you remove markings from a headset?

I'm trying to remove logos and markings from a headset, but I think they're laser etched. Does anyone know if it's possible to remove them?
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Is stem cap redundant after tightening stem bolts?

Is it right to think that after the preload is set, and the stem bolts are tightened, the stem cap becomes redundant? Will the preload be held fixed by the stem? If so, does that mean the stem cap can ...
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Headset stiff when the bike hasn't been ridden for a while

The headset on my bike is stiff when it has not been ridden for a while, but becomes smooth again after a few turns. It does not feel loose. The headset is IS42 standard. What could be causing this?
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How can I install a 1 1/8" to 1 3/8" Synapse fork onto a 44 mm headtube?

I know you get headset questions all the time, hopefully this one mixes things up a bit. I recently acquired a 2015 litespeed CX frame, which has a 44 mm head tube. It is listed as having a height of ...
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Triban headset reassembly

Does anyone know the correct order to reassemble a Triban headset (specifically a Triban RC120)? I bought the bike recently, was raising the handlebar height, but neglected to pay sufficient attention ...
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Can I use an expanding plug rather than a star fangled nut in a steel steerer?

I've got a Genesis Equilibrium 725 steel frame and fork that came with an unbranded (but said to be Prestine) headset and Genesis-branded top cap and star fangled nut. The headset and nut aren't ...
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How can I remove very stuck headset spacers (alu/carbon)

Working on a bike that has had significant indoor turbo usage, (i.e. a lot of sweat has run down the headset) and corrosion has bonded the aluminium spacers to the carbon steerer. The steering is ...
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Headset standards: EC29 vs EC30

TLDR: Can I wedge an EC30 into what seems to be EC29 (29.8mm) I'm in possession of a mid-90's frame with a: Head Tube Inner diameter of 29.8mm (Which seems to class as EC29) Threadless Steering ...
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Can't remove fork from head tube!

I want to clean my headset/head tube. I removed the top cap, the stem, the (only) spacer, and a conical thingie from the steerer. Still, the fork (a RockShox Recon SL circa 2009) won't come out! ...
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How do I install this Ribble endurance SLR headset?

I've installed the bearings and now I'm struggling with which order to stack things. I can't find any documentation or manual of any description. I've attached a few photos. Does anyone have any idea?
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Grinding noise from headset

I have a 5 year old Merida Ride 100, which has done about 5000km. It mostly has been in dry conditions, but has seen some wet conditions once in a while. After the last ride, I noticed some grinding ...
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Why is my upper headset bearing now pressed into the cup?

This is on my mountain bike. After returning from a ride a month or two ago, I noticed my threadless headset had developed some play. Ever since then, I've had to retighten it occasionally, maybe ...
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Headset too stiff

yesterday I noticed that I had some play in my headset. So I loosen the stem bolts and tighten the preload just to eliminate the play, but then the headset becomes too stiff. So I can't avoid play ...
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Where does the third bearing go in my Dyno moto 7 cruiser headset?

I have a "Dyno Moto7" cruiser made in 1997. I removed the forks to paint the frame and there were 3 bearings that came out when the forks were removed. No one can figure out how the third ...
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Semi-integrated / external headset compatibility

Mechanics at a repair place told me that my bike needs a new headset. For the moment, I have a semi-integrated / zero-stack Cane Creek VP-A45AC. I went afterwards directly to a bike shop asking for a ...
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Carbon taperd road fork - use crown race or not?

I have a 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 5 with a carbon fork. I am assembling the bike after general maintenance, and have noticed that I am missing (or: think I'm missing = am not sure) a crown race for the ...
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Gap between internal cartridge headset and fork

so I've replaced the bottom headset on my 2016 Kona Jake the Snake as the old one was rough and rusted. The replacement is the same size in all dimensions however doesn't seem to fit in properly - ...
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Possible to use Cane Creek angleset cups on top and bottom of headset

I currently have a -1.5 degree angleset cup installed on the bottom of my bikes headset and a 0 degree on the top. I would like the head tube angle a little slacker so am wondering if it is possible ...
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Headset/fork adaptor from semi-integrated to integrated?

I'm building a Frankenstein fixie from a variety of parts lying around and have run into a problem with my forks/steerer. I suspect this is because the frame that the forks were taken from had a semi-...
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