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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Why is it hard to turn my handlebars but headset is loose too

I got a 2007 GT Timberline Fitness Series bicycle that was a frame only. I'm trying to put it together and almost have it complete except for one part, the headset. I noticed it when I was test riding ...
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Carrera Vengeance Headset replacement/upgrade

the headset on my daughter's Carrera Vengeance is showing signs of wear, so I'm looking to replace it. I know it's a 44mm semi-integrated head set, but there seem to be numerous variants available. ...
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Headset and BB compatibility Kona Rove LTD 2019

I've got a Kona Rove LTD 2019 and it's about time to change bearings. This is the exact model : https://99spokes.com/en-EU/bikes/kona/2019/rove-ltd I'd like to change headset and BB because they're ...
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Play in headset

I serviced my headset few times on my new bike, each time without problems. But when I was serviced it few days ago, I had play in the headset that I couldn't get rid of. First I unscrewed top cap, ...
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Replacing locknut and washer on threaded headset with threadlocker on threaded race

Would that work? It seems like there's not much to prevent the locknut from coming loose anyways, thus making threadlocker necessary. Then, why not put it on the threaded race directly?
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Gap in my headset - should I be concerned?

I serviced my headset as a part of my maintenance plan. After reassembling it, I noticed this small gap in my headset. Am I missing something or is this normal? I am using a FSA headset, never been ...
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Why do threadless stems allow quick removal of the bars whereas quill stems do not?

I prefer quill stems for aesthetic reasons but find them a hassle when it comes to removing the handlebar -- having to strip the bars and remove the brifters. Is there a reason why I cannot find quill ...
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I think I am missing headset cups

The other day I was replacing a bearing in my headset when I saw it doesn’t have any cups in it, the bearings just slot in the frame. I can feel a little wobble in the bearing unless I make the ...
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Which tools to service this headset? Giant Fastroad SL-1 2019

Which tools do I need to service this headset? One headset service tutorial shows just an Allen key and a torque wrench, others use a bearing press. Is there a way to work out which tools are required ...
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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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Headset for 41mm steering tube, 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 tapered fork

I have titanium tapered fork, 1 1/8 up and 1 1/4 bottom and a titanium frame with a steering tube which uses integrated bearings, the inner diameter where the bearings sit is about 41 mm, could be 42 ...
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Do I have to remove the bearings to grease a front end ping/creak/gong noise?

EDIT: here's a photo. I removed everything except the bearings. Last spring I was annoyed by some front end noise so I disassembled and greased everything from the handlebar clamp and bolts down to ...
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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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What is "ahead" standard for headsets?

I want to upgrade my headset to a different one. As I was researching my frame specifications, it says: Steerer headset: 1-1/8 Ahead" I don't understand if something like this would work. ...
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Canyon Ultimate CF SL 7 2022 steerer tube compression plug stuck?

This is concerning my friend's Ultimate CF SL 7 (105) 2022. Ridden approx 5000 km so far. Everything's been fine, up until a recent ride, but now there was noticeable movement (in the direction of the ...
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Shallow ring of death

By not servicing the headset for a long time (>10K km), I ended up with the so-called ring of death on the steerer tube. If you have never heard of it, watch this ...
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I cannot adjust the headset preload on a second hand bike, is it missing a piece?

I recently bought a second hand BMC teammachine 2016(?). The frame looked in really good condition. Back home I started the build by servicing the headset. Af purchase time the stem was off the fork, ...
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Felt carbon steerer compression plug removal

How do I remove a compression plug (aka. expander bung) like this one? Most guides I could find assume that there's a 6mm hex Allen opening that allows tightening/loosening the plug (example pictured ...
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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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Small metal pellets in a new frame

I am working on assembling a new boxed bike (aluminum Kona Libre), starting by tearing it completely down and making sure all components are properly installed, greased and adjusted. The headset felt ...
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Making sense of ICR headsets

The bike in question is a Focus Atlas 6.8. It comes with an Acros IS52/28.6-IS52/40 headset. In the interest of future-proofing this bike (in case I'm not gonna be able to find these exact bearings), ...
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Grease carbon fork before crown race installation?

I have a carbon fork, and a crown race that fits a sealed cartridge headset bearing. I know that in installation of crown races on metal steerer tubes, the use of grease is recommended. I am wondering ...
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Cracking noise when turning handlebars

update: I've taken the headset apart, cleaned it, regreased it and reassembled everything. It's been fine since. The bike has sealed cartridge bearings, so I'm not sure what it was - it's not like ...
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What kind of damage is to be expected from a threadless headset with too tight adjustment?

Recently I had to refit the stem on my full carbon fork as I tried different stem heights. When adjusting the headset I initially tightened the top cap way too much because the fork was still pretty ...
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Reusing headset cups on semi-integrated headset

I purchased a used frame that didn't come with the full headset but did come with the alloy cups still installed. They are ZS44/ZS56 tapered setup. Likely Cane Creek 40-series. The cups appear to be ...
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Steerer tube flush with top of stem

I bought a secondhand suspension fork online and the steerer tube has been cut to 170mm which I thought was plenty from what I calculated, turns out not so much. After doing a quick test install, the ...
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Confidence in carbon bike frame after sealed bearing replacement

You buy a new bike. The bottom bracket makes a funny noise and needs replacing. For many other product categories (computer with a noisy fan, ...), you'd worry you had a lemon on your hand. It would ...
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Should amateurs install their own headsets?

Building a bike from scratch sounded like a fun challenge, but a frame builder firmly told me to get the headset installed professionally. Videos online make it look easy even if you don't have the ...
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Finding a crown race replacement (fork replacement)

I'd like to replace the fork of my bike (basic SR Suntour NEX-25), and have ordered a replacement. The transfer of the crown race from the old fork to the new one seems however problematic, as it may ...
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Threaded headset loosens after every ride

After I did an overhaul of my threaded headset, it loosens after every ride. I'm struggling to find what causes this, as I've done this job on different bikes without any problems. So far I've done ...
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How to measure sealed headset bearings angle?

I need to find a replacement headset for an integrated system "IS". I can get the required dimensions by removing the fork and taking headtube and steerer tube measurements by using a ...
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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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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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Trouble finding the right headset for a tapered fork 1.1/8 to 1.25 for a semi integrated compatible 44 mm headtube

I'm building a bike for which I bought a 2015 Cube Aerium HPA Pro frame. I also have a Focus Evo 6th element fork. The fork is tapered from 1.1/8 to 1.25 inch, my headtube is 44 mm inner diameter. The ...
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I'm having trouble replacing my MTB fork

A few weeks ago I decided to upgrade the fork on my mountain bike. Because it was the same model of fork a presumed i could use the same headset that I had on for the original fork. But when i put the ...
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Which side up do caged bearings go in?

Replacing fork on bike but messed up and didn't keep all the pieces in order as I took the old fork off. Which direction do the caged bearings go? What side of bearings face the cup and which side to ...
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Matching loose ball bearing headset with sealed cartridge

I've just removed fork from my Marin Four Corners and to my surprise the upper part of headset is not IS with sealed cartridge as advertised, but ZS with loose ball bearing. As the effect I don't know ...
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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 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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Removing Bearings From Headset

I was servicing my headset on my Saracen Mantra Elite LSL 2019 but I couldn't remove the bearings, I don't know if there is a way to remove them that I don't know but I thought you were just supposed ...
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Play and stiffness in threaded headset

I just got a used bike with a threaded headset. I noticed play so I tried tightening the adjustable race. If I tighten it enough to get rid of the play, the headset becomes totally stuck/unturnable. ...
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Can I use this fork if the steerer isn't quite the right height?

I have this threaded fork that only reaches the top of the head tube. I can fit the first part of the headset (see photo) but no other nuts (?). Can I use it like this ?
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Replaced fat tire fork and bike wont stay straight

I got an fat tire ebike. My non shock front fork bent on it so i replaced it with a fork that had shocks on it. Installed it all good and even ordered a new top cap (fork needed the top cap installed ...
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Steer tube expander bolt too small?

Has anyone had an expander bolt that when fully tightened (I.e. bottomed out) didn't expand enough to grab /hold the tube? I'm installing a Shimano/PRO Di2 battery holder / expander bolt and I can't ...
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How does this stem/headset work?

I have a bicycle (Göricke, circa. 2012) with an unusual stem. It appears to have a quick-release nut which can rotate through a quarter turn. Here is a picture, with the dust cap removed: I would ...
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Can't set proper headset adjustment without play or stiffness

I fully disassembled, cleaned and regreased the bearings of my semi integrated headset. After reinstallation I was unable to adjust the "perfect" preload to eliminate all play and without ...
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How to Choose Headset Bearings - Transition from Straight Steerer to Tapered Steerer

I am upgrading the forks on my wife's Cannondale Althea 4 hybrid bike. The new forks have a tapered steerer instead of the straight one on the old Suntour forks, therefore I need to change the headset ...
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Question about stem play

I screwed the top cap screw clockwise to remove play in the stem but I wonder if the stem has to be never moving or theres a point the headset is softly moving like rubber I assume bearing is still ...
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Adapter to use straight fork in tapered steerer semi-integrated?

A 1 1/8 straight fork tube going into a Trek Headset VP Zero Stack (Semi-Integrated) 1- 1/8+ Tapered to 1.5. I think i need some kind of adapter for the lower 1.5 inch end... do they make these and if ...
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Replacement upper headset bearings for Cannondale Trail SL

I have a Cannondale Trail SL SS from 2014 or so, and I'm having trouble figuring out what to replace the upper headset bearings with (they are knackered). The fork is the one the bike came with, a ...

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