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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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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How to access bearings on this headset?

Since a while my racing bike seems to have delopped a little crackling noise in my headset. I thought servicing the headset bearings might be a logical first step. Unfortunately, when I opend it up I ...
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Deformed Headtube Around Bottom Cup

Crashed into a fallen tree at speed on my bike. I disassembled the front end to inspect for damage and noticed I could wiggle the bottom headset cup back and forth slightly. On further inspection, the ...
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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 ...