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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Headset replacement for Fit Bikes BMX

My son has a Fit BMX bike, seems to be a normal 20" setup. However, the head tube appears to have an inside diameter of 1 3/8", and every BMX headset I'm seeing expects that diameter to be 1 1/4" ID. ...
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Amount of spacers below the stem for steel 1 inch steel steerer

I have a steel bike with 1 inch steerer tube made out of steel. I have about 55mm of spacers below the stem and above the top of headset. Is is safe to run my bike with that many spacers below the ...
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Trying to identify headsets

I need to replace the headset on my old trek 1.5 alpha 2011 model, and also my b'twin ultra 720AF will need the bearings replaced soonish. Is there a reliable way to find out what headsets I need? I'...
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Specialized Allez Sprint Fork

I have a 2019 Specialized Allez Sprint Frame. I need a replacement fork, but specialized does not stock them. Are there any aftermarket forks that will fit this frame? If so, do they require a new ...
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Headset labeling - Does this qualify as EC30?

I am currently in a dispute with an eBay vendor about the sizing of a threaded headset I purchased. Before I initiate a refund claim, I would like to make sure I'm in the right. The headset's ...
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How much resistance should steerer have?

I'm replacing the fork on my Giant Defy 3 (2013) road bike. Since I couldn't find an exact replacement for the Overdrive taper, I chose a straight 1-1/8" fork, and ordered some new parts to make it ...
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Used WD-40 on headset and now it loosens daily

I've used WD-40 on my bike's headset as it produced some cracking noises. The result is a headset that gets loose after every ride. I've tried to use a wrench to tighten it, alas, it went loose after ...
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Threadless stem keeps loosening [duplicate]

I recently got a 2018 Felt VR30. I've been riding for a long time, but this is the first bike I've ever had with a carbon fork, and only the second I've had with a threadless headset. The problem I'm ...
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Can my headtube take a tapered fork?

I'm trying to replace a Suntour XCT fork on a '14 Cannondale Trail 4. I think it's a got a 1 1/8" straight headtube looking at the specs here: https://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/...
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My bike's adjustable stem keeps falling down

My bike's adjustable stem keeps falling down. I tighten the nut as much as can but it seems no impact at all. Is it the wrong nut to tighten?
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Fitting 1-1/8" straight fork in Giant Overdrive headset

I have a 2013 Giant Defy 3 with a broken fork. The original steerer tube is tapered: 1-1/8" on top and 1-1/4" on the bottom. I'm trying to figure out how to replace the fork with a more common 1-1/8"...
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Fitting 1.5" tapered fork in a 42mm head tube?

TL;DR: is there an IS42 bottom headset for a 1.5" tapered steerer tube? I have a 2013 Giant Defy 3 road bike with a broken fork. It's very hard to find used forks for this because the steerer tube ...
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Is my Trek FX2 really toast?

I have a 2016 or 2017 Trek FX2 (if critical I'll look up exact year). Ride it daily for shopping, going to the gym and such. Store it outside, unprotected from rain. Took it to the store I bought it ...
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Kids bike front wheel falls to the side while on kickstand

My daughters bike's front wheel doesn't stay straight when it is on the kickstand. Our other 2 bikes only slightly go to the left but her front end "falls" to the left like something is loose. ...
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How to tighten threadless headset? Top cap has no thread

The headset on my merida ride 100 has come loose. I watched a few videos to see how to tighten a threadless headset. They all say loosen the stem then tighten the top cap. However on my bike the top ...
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What do I need to make this new fork aesthetically pleasing?

I needed to replace my broken Bontrager Satellite Plus carbon/aluminum fork on my '05 Trek 1000. I chose this Q2 carbon/ aluminum fork as a replacement because the few Satellite Plus forks I was able ...
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Tightening steerer expander/compressor and spacer positions with a carbon fork

I had ugly clicking noises coming from the headset before and after a warranty exchange of a fork (the reason for the exchange was on the other end). I have identified the clicking as coming from the ...
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Got a new frameset, don't know why I need this split ring collar?

I can work out all the bits of the semi integrated headset, the star fangled nut for the steerer, but I can't see why I need this? It has similar diameter to the steerer tube, is it a spacer? I don't ...
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How to secure the fork when there is no stem

On my half recumbent tandem, there is no stem on the front steerer tube. I would like to change the upper cup of the headset (related question Play in headset with no upper bearings on a tandem ...
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Play in headset with no upper bearings on a tandem bicycle

I have a half recumbent tandem bicycle. The front fork headset (under the front cyclist) is loose: I can feel some play when I put the front brake on and try to move the bicycle front and back. I ...
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Locknut on threaded headset doesn't tighten

It's a second hand bicycle that I've owned for a short time, but the problems seem to have started after a crash. The headset started to rattle, and I didn't have a tool to tighten it, so I would just ...
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How did my headset get this way?

I have a newish bike I bought second hand. To the best of my knowledge, the headset has not been dismantled as it all looks original. It's a threaded headset and a 1" fork steerer tube. It looks ...
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Frame and Fork compatibility - 1 1/4“ to 1 1/2”

I've bought a new frame being this one: https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/cube-axial-wls-pro-frame-black-n-green-643919 Headtube diameter: Tapered 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" semi-integrated ZS44 - full-...
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Creaking headset

The front end of my bike was creaking when the handlebars were rotated. I suspected an overtightened top cap. I loosened the stem bolts and loosened the top cap, checking for the creaking as it ...
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Replacing Giant Defy 4 2013 alloy steerer fork with Giant carbon steerer fork

I am planning on making the above replacement. The original fork is the composite fork with alloy steerer, however the replacement (from Giant) has a carbon steerer. Can I still use the same original ...
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Is this Raleigh headset worn?

I was wondering am I correct in saying this this headset race is worn and needs to be replaced. It's off a BSA wayfarer bike. It has a 1 inch threaded steerer. I read on Sheldon's website you can ...
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Is this a crown race?

I've bought a headset and I'm not exactly sure what goes where: Presumably, the thing on the left bottom corner would be crown race, but it's not closed and doesn't really fit snugly to the bottom of ...
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Why cant I unscrew the bolt from my top cap?

I have been trying to unscrew my top cap bolt to change the stem. I have been doing the unscrewing motion for more than 5 minutes and the bolt doesn't seem to come off. Like I keep turning the key ...
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Hole in fork crown welding seam

Some time ago I noticed a clicking noise somewhere in headset area. Noise appears under pressure, also it clicks when I tightening the headset. First thought was that problem is with headset bearings, ...
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Is my carbon fork steerer tube damaged by overtightened stem bolts

As per the title: I've had my bike serviced by a bike shop, who helpfully tightened up the stem cap and pinch bolts on my headset. I rode it approx 15 km (9 miles) and I noticed some play in the ...
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Is there any reason to switch to the Giant Aircap headset expander? Any reason not to?

I ride a Giant road bike with OD2 carbon steerer. It was originally built up with a standard expander plug, but was supplied with the glue-in Aircap expander as well. Im not sure whether to use it and ...
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1 inch threadless headset with hollow cap for cable routing

Lets skip the questions about why I want to do this, but I would like to run my front brake cable through my headset. This is an older race frame with a 1 inch headset. Most headsets built for this ...
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Headtube dent, how safe is it?

See picture below, I am in this situation with a new alluminium frame (don't ask me how I ended up here, it's a heartbreaking story.) It’s a Cinelli Mash Parallax. The headtube has a dent and I don't ...
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Fork is noisy sounds like metal parts are loose

I have an old road bike. It's suddenly very noisy around the fork section and the headset. I've checked and everything around the front wheel seems perfect. However, i month ago i tighten the headset ...
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Unstable headset/headtube

I have just lowered the stem on my road bike. The headset components might not be installed correctly. Whenever I hold on to the front brake (making sure the wheels aren’t moving), and rock the bike ...
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Unobtainium headset size?

This summer I took apart my old mountain bike to do a rebuild. It is a Raleigh Legend, from Raleigh Canada, circa 1994. When I got to the headset, I looked for a replacement but it seems the ...
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Compression ring not holding top of fork in place

I just replaced a fork with a different one (Bluto»Mastodon) and, after inserting the compression ring into the top bearing (it has a tapered section), the steerer tube still wiggles from side to side....
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Why does my stem have no bolts?

I am fixing this bike for a friend. The headset is wobbly. All the instructions I find online for how to tighten it stress loosening the stem bolts first, but this bike has none. Is that why, despite ...
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My fork stem is rusted - should I replace the forks?

This is my first post on here. I will try to be as specific as possible, but I'm also new to bike maintenance, so apologies for any wrong terminology. I have a Giant ATX 2 from 2017, bought second-...
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Replace threadless headset retained bearings with sealed bearings?

I have a rather simple threadless headset in aluminum frame, and forks. It's creaking quite a bit, I think I'll replace the bearings and races. It has "retained" bearing rings (semi-loose) and cup ...
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Help ID this Chris King NoThreadSet Color

Can anyone help me ID the color of this Chris King NoThreadSet? And what year this color was offered? Source: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/chris-king-steelset-headset/rp-prod2035
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What's the difference in threaded and threadless headset and stem

What's the difference in threadless and threaded headsets and stems? Why change it? is it because it's easier for maintenance?
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Broken fork and front wheel after head-on crash, need to replace headset?

Crashed out a couple of months ago, broke my front wheel, fork, and left collarbone. The crash busted my fork pretty bad, I can't even turn the front wheel now without it getting stuck on the frame. ...
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What do these headset specs mean?

I'm building this frame from the ground up: https://www.deitycomponents.com/cryptkeeper_frame.html The specs for the headset say: IS 52/40 Lower Bearing (Tapered Steerer) IS 52/30 Lower Bearing (...
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Bike handlebars loose with front wheel

If I put my leg on the side of the wheel and rotate my handlebars in the direction of my leg, the bars get out of sync with the front wheel as seen in the image below. This is a threadless headset. ...
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What can cause headset bearings to become loose quickly?

On a new-ish CX bike (about 1 year old), I frequently need to adjust/tighten the headset bearings (semi-integrated ahead type). After a few rides, they become loose which is noticeable by a "...
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Rayleigh Alpine handle bar assembly

Hi I recently purchased a Rayleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano. I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the handle bar. I have included pictures of ...
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A shim between bottom headset cup and bearing

I ended up in a situation in which my new fork with an integrated crown race imposes lower headset bearing (1.5" 45deg) stack restriction, i.e. I need an additional 1.5mm of bearing height so the fork ...
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Measuring fork steerer diameter

I've acquired a Raleigh Suntour (circa 1990s) frame which I am re-fitting. I need to refit the headset and so I need to know the dimensions of the steerer column. The frame had a threaded stem. I've ...
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How to adjust the handlebar alignment with front wheel?

I have the follwing stem My handlebar is a bit too much right and I am not sure what screw(s) I have to loosen the one on top (in the headset) or the two left on the picture above or maybe all of ...