1" Sealed Bearing Threaded Headset
A absolutely top-of-the-line 1" threaded headset for the most discerning rider. It features oversized, sealed cartridge bearings, so packing and re-greasing bearings are a thing of the past.
- Fork type: 1" English threaded
- Stack height: 41mm
- S.H.I.S. Upper: EC30 / 25.4-24tpi
- S.H.I.S. Lower: EC30 / 26
- Crown Race: ISO (26.4mm), split for easy install
The black with white logo looks fantastic and the bearings are super smooth. My previous headset was also really nice, but after 28 years it was a little rough so the contrast is stark. Always fun to get new stuff.
My mechanic said it went together smoothly. He had installed a few of these and seems to like working with them.
Not any negatives, but I do think there is a tradeoff between ease of service and how solid the part feels. The split crown race and slip- in bearings are easy but it isn't exactly the same feel you get with press- in bearings. Since I had a professional do the installation I would have preferred press-in, but that's a small thing. If I ever have to fix this myself I'm sure I'll appreciate how easy it is.
For fifty bucks it's the best thing out there. If it also lasts 28 years, I'll be 80 or dead so...
Measure your stack height before you buy! It turns out the racing bike I'm restoring is cut super short and just won't support it. Having said that, this is a super high-quality product and the bearings are just sooo smooth compared to the loose bearing that came in the bike. It looks incredible, I wish I could use this instead of the low stack height object I bought.