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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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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 I already have a fork from another bike which is 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" I wonder ...
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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 ...
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Removing lockring/ cups off head tube on vintage BSA bike

I finally managed to get the SOB crank arms off the bike. It took a spare seat post and 100mm enginners vice, and perseverance. Anyway I'm on the home striaght now in terms of getting the bloody ...
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Alternating two forks on a single bicycle — do I need two headsets?

I have a full rigid (fat) bicycle and I am playing with an idea to use a suspension fork sometimes. I want to keep the possibility to swap the old fork back when I do not need suspension but want to ...
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What headsets can be used to replace the FSA No.57/No.61BP headset?

I managed to damage the headset on my Merida Speeder 300. In particular, I warped the bottom bearing, and I need a replacement. Normally, this would be a simple matter of looking up the specifications ...
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FSA No 10 - Upgrade

I have an FSA no 10 headset. I seem to need new bearings every 4 to 6 months I normally replace the whole headeset as its fairly cheap. However this time I brought some caged bearings from Halfords,...
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What is wrong with my headset

I received a new carbon fork. Seller told me is was for a 56/40 bottom headset but after mounting it, here is the result. I chose a ZS56/40 head set. What is wrong ?
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Conical head tube: does it really make huge difference?

I am looking forward to getting a new mountain bike and in various reviews sites they are really focused on if a bike have conical head tube or not. In many cases it is the first thing listed as pro (...
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Help finding correct headset for Focus Izalco Max Disc

I have acquired a Focus Izalco Max Disc frame and forks and am having trouble finding a headset for it. The steerer bung in the fork reads 28.6mm and it looks to have a slight taper. I have read ...
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Determine what headset bearing size

The headset bearings are going out in my bike. How do I determine what I need to order. See pictures that might be helpful. The Bike is an older Trek 3700. Thanks, Paul
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Do I need to remove & service integrated headset bearings when replacing fork?

I'm replacing a suspension fork on a bike with 1 1/8" integrated. I'm following these steps As the fork slides down, have an assistant hold the lower bearings, so they stay up inside the frame. Try ...
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Need to face head tube?

I'm building a bike from scratch, and went to my LBS today to get the head tube faced. They told me I don't need it (they also told me they don't have the tool), but when I look at the frame, there is ...
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1970-80's Roadmaster bike makes a clicking noise when turning right

A 70's/80's Roadmaster Pursuit bike makes a clicking noise when turning right. It doesn't make any noise when riding straight or turning left. It doesn't seem to matter how close the turn is. I have ...
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Expected Lifetime Mileage: Bottom Bracket and Headset

I'll declare a personal interest in asking this question, relating to a dispute with a national UK bicycle retailer. I'm not looking for advise on how to resolve the dispute, nor for evidence / ...
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Broken stem tube – LBS “just” lowered handlebars. Is this safe?

I have asked this elsewhere on the internet as well, but this is the Stack Exchange adaptation. I have three related questions and I'll try to make it clear what they are. Here's some background ...
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How to assemble this headset?

I bought a new threaded headset for my old steel winter beater bike, but it is slightly different from the current one and I am not sure about the correct order and orientation of the parts. I placed ...
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What is the best head set for a metal fork on a carbon frame? [closed]

I want to put a Chris King or cane Creek headset on a 29 inch carbon fiber frame using a rock shox SID fork. What is the best headset for this?
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Query on bearing / race sizing

I'm looking to replace the bearings in the headset on a brand new GT mountain Bike (they have disintegrated after 4 weeks).They were the caged type but exposed so I can see each of the balls in the ...
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Inconsistent headset tightness and squeaking

I own a Trek 1.5 road bike, purchased new around June 2012. The headset (original, never replaced) has recently been experiencing some interesting issues: About 4 weeks ago, the headset began ...