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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How do I fix movement in headset

I have bought a second hand bike and generally it's going well. However, there is a small amount of play in the headset that I've been trying to diagnose and resolve. It's a threadless fork. I've ...
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Can't adjust headset correctly

Summary - I'm using an FSA Orbit MX threadless/integrated headset in a brand new steel frame. My problem is that I cannot seem to adjust the headset to the right tightness - either it is too tight and ...
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Don't integrated headsets wear out, ruining the frame?

I came upon this marvelous explanation of headset types. However, this got me wondering. Isn't the role of the headset cups similar to that of the derauler hanged - to not waste the frame as soon as ...
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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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Should I be able to 'manually' rotate the headset?

When I wrap my fingers around my roadie's headset, I'm able to 'rotate' some parts of it freely around. Should this be happening? If it should not be happening, what is causing this and is it ...
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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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How often should one service headset bearings?

How often should one disassemble one's headset and service the bearings, assuming it's a fairly new road bicycle with sealed cartridge bearings and is ridden every day?
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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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Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?

I'm considering replacing my threaded aluminum forks, threaded headset, steel threaded stem and steel handlebars with threadless carbon forks, threadless headset and integrated carbon stem and ...
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What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...
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Is it possible to replace a 1 1/8 steering tube with a 1"?

I have a 94 Giant ATX. Threaded 1 inch steeering tube. I need a shorter stem, and would also like to install a suspension fork. Is it doable? Could I take a modern suspension fork, heat the crown, ...
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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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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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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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Using Loctite for integrated head set and bottom bracket installation

I'm in the process of building up a new bike from scratch. Since the last time I have done this many things have changed, reading varios forums and watching numberless videos on YouTube have not ...
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Which threaded headset size do I use?

I have a frame that I want to use. It is an old early 80's Cannondale frame. How do I tell what size threaded headset to use? What diameter should the tube be?
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How often should the headset be tightened?

I live in an area with a lot of potholes and commute daily (between 10-20 miles depending) on a modern road bike. Today while coming in hard (18+mph) to a stop, I went over a worn paving layer with ...
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Do headset and frame metals need to match, or will a steel/aluminum headset get stuck on an aluminum/steel frame?

Will a steel headset get stuck on an aluminum frame bike? Will an aluminum alloy headset get stuck on a steel frame bike? I am not asking about carbon frames, by the way. I ask because I have seen ...
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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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How can I fit a tapered fork to a 1 1/8 semi-integrated/zero stack head tube?

I have a 2004 Giant VT frame with a zero stack / semi-integrated headset. It currently takes a straight steerer threadless fork. Is there any type of headset I can put on so I can fit a tapered fork?...
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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 ...