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trying to figure out a new build Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)04:22 UTC+1 No.639029 Report

Has anyone here ever had a headset fail on them?

Didn't think so. So why do people pay for Chris King, Hope, and the higher end Cane Creek headsets?
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)04:28 UTC+1 No.639037 Report

>>639029

Cheap headsets fail all the time. When I was touring I rode with a guy who had his Cane Creek headset replaced twice in 3 months time.

My Chris King has held up for years and years with minimal maintenance. I wouldn't settle for anyhting less.
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Awesome Funposter 03/21/14(Fri)04:32 UTC+1 No.639041 Report

Chris King comes in colors, as you can tell be your picture.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)04:32 UTC+1 No.639042 Report

>>639037
He probably didn't install it right. Or maybe the headtube needed to be faced.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)04:42 UTC+1 No.639045 Report

>>639042

Probably. That is what I assumed as well, but he was pretty adamant that his $7,000 German expedition bike was top notch and it was the headset to blame.
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Awesome Funposter 03/21/14(Fri)04:44 UTC+1 No.639048 Report

>>639045
Much cheaper headsets have lasted for much longer. Cartridge bearing headsets are more sensitive to being perfectly straight. If he had a problem with a quality headset twice, chances are it was something that wasn't the headset.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)04:49 UTC+1 No.639051 Report

fail meh not really. I did finally have to replace a 10 year old one.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)05:35 UTC+1 No.639069 Report

>>639051

>bike sits in garage for 10 years barely ridden, headset replaced

It was good quality guise.

>bike gets ridden daily year round. Headset wears out after 3 years

Total crap guise.

Longevity comparisons are only helpful in instances where the components being compared were used with similar frequency and under similar conditions. I could find a pre WWII headset still in the box in someones garage in perfect condition but it wouldn't be fair to exclaim that the quality was really good because it lasted 80 years. It was never used.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)05:39 UTC+1 No.639070 Report

>>639069

>Real world experience.
>Ask a coworker to borrow his bottom bracket removal tool
>Wat!?! your BB is worn out already? I've been running the same one since the 90's
>yeah, but how many miles do you think you've put on it?
>maybe 20k
>exactly. I've put 20k on mine in 3 years and now it is worn out.

>
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)05:41 UTC+1 No.639071 Report

consider this

some people like nice things
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)07:41 UTC+1 No.639106 Report

>>639070
20k in 15-24 years
>1.3k - 0.8k a year
>DYER?
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)07:45 UTC+1 No.639109 Report

>>639106

Yeah he was an ex racer fag now in his 50's. Only able to ride when the wifey allowed him to.

DYER= pussy whipped! At least in his case.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)08:01 UTC+1 No.639115 Report

Chris King is absolute garbage, I don't care about "Made in USA" or muh bling. Get a Cane Creek 40 and be done with it. Better engineered, cheaper and honestly the gold standard. Cane Creek patented the goddamn threadless headset for christ sakes.

Headsets, why do people even care about them? They make sure your bars turn. THAT'S IT.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)08:09 UTC+1 No.639118 Report

>>639115
Cane Creek also patented the split compression ring thing, and Chris King copied it, after the patent expired.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)08:24 UTC+1 No.639120 Report

My cane-creek has lasted the past 7+ years of some pretty tough conditions including a lot of rain, potholes and offroad. I noticed a small rust spot on it and might change it out soon, just because. But it's been good.

I think some headsets may fail because they're not fitted properly.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)08:26 UTC+1 No.639122 Report

>>639029
everything in high end biking is over priced with minimal advantage. technically you dont even need barrings in a headset, they are't meant to spin at 1000rpm, barrings are just another point of failure, best to let there be a bit of friction and have it never break.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)08:27 UTC+1 No.639123 Report

>>639037

Was he riding a frame-built LHT? A lot of builders fail to realize you need to give the headtube some love before you press in the headset even though it says so right in the doco.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)09:00 UTC+1 No.639132 Report

>>639123

No man. Dude was riding a expensive German bike.
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)14:42 UTC+1 No.639213 Report

>>639132

HITLER!!
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Anonymous 03/21/14(Fri)14:49 UTC+1 No.639216 Report

>>639071
But they like different things than the things I like. They should stop that.
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