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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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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 an 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 ...
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Frequent fork swapping, best practice?

For folks who frequently swap forks (i.e. rigid fork for one race, suspension fork the next weekend, back/forth) how do you manage headset/crown race compatibility? I assume you end up with matching ...
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Campagnolo Record Headset

I need some help, or suggestions I have a Campagnolo Record 1" steerer threadless headset, that it is supposed to go on my Cinelli Proxima project. The problem is that when I received the frame and ...
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What size is the upper bearing on a 2013 Trek Speed Concept 7.0?

I'm looking to replace the upper head bearing in my 2013 Trek Speed Concept 7.0 but cannot find the item online. Any ideas of a FSA/Canecreek bearing to replace it? Just to clarify, the diagram ...
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How do i tighten the steering on this type of head?

I have acquired a bike (new), but from the shop (supermarket), the steering seems to have no effect on the wheels, i thought it was a minor issue i could solve when i got home by tightening, but iv ...
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Stripped thread on steerer. Who is at fault - me or LBS?

Background I ride a Peugeot PKN10 (1980 or 1979 I'm unsure of the exact date). Three months ago I had a cracked chainstay replaced at my LBS. This required removal of the original fork and headset ...
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Freezing headset cups to ease installation - does this actually work?

Sometimes it can be a tight fit installing a headset cup / race. Bike forums are full of people saying putting the cup in the freezer helps installation based on their anecdotal, uncontrolled ...
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Headset wobble after tightening

I own a Cannondale Super Six 105 (Ultegra now) Carbon 2012 bike and I can't stop the wobble in the headset. If I tighten down the top cap (with 6mm hex) I can get rid of the wobble (hands on the ...
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Uncut steerer tubes too short for 21" Frames

I am restoring two old bikes a 1996 Trek 8000 and 2000 Fuji Aloha. Both are 21" frames. The problem I am having is getting forks that do not cost $1000 and have steerer tubes with sufficient lengths. ...
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Headset bearing size

I am going to be building a beach cruiser frame with 26" springer forks and 25" apehangers with a 1" headset. what is the difference between 5/32" x 16b and 3/16" x 15b, performance wise? Basically I ...
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How much steerer tube length do I need on my suspension fork

I have survived BB hell with minor bruising to be greeted with another challenge replacing forks. I have a 1996 TREK 8000 SHX (yellow) and a 2002 TREK 4300 (silver/blue) MTB bikes. Both bikes have ...
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On a bmx headset could an integrated bearing set be replaced with a caged bearing set?

I have a 20" eastern with a 1 1/8" integrated headset. The problem being is that my headset's top sealed bearing is no good and I only have some caged bearings currently on hand. Is there any possible ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...