Weaknesses: cost? this is a joke for a headset that last so long, it is like an, heirloom.
it is a pity that i cannot use a chris king headset on my road bike, it has a hidden headset, if there is such a thing as a perfect bike component, the chris king head set, is the one, i purchased by chris king headset as an upgrade to my 1994 specialized stumpjumper, i have had 4 bikes since then, sold the bikes, but kept the headset, it still works flawlessly
Strengths: Best headset money can buy
Virtually bombproof and maintenence-free
The Rolls-Royce of bicycle components is the Chris King headset. Those that balk at the high price are fools. No one who owns one of these regrets spending a few extra bucks for a component that is so critical for the safe operation of a bicycle, that once properly installed, is virtually bombproof and maintenence-free for the lifetime of the frame. My first one went 8 years before I was even tempted to open up the seals and see if there was any contamination of the bearing grease, and there was none. it still looked new inside after 20,000 miles. I would not even consider any other headset after owning a King.
cool colors ( different choices, mine is red )
no need to maintain/clean
Weaknesses: absolutely none
some said the finest bike component ever made?? could be and gotta rank up there along with Ultra Bora, FSA's Plasma and Giro's Atmos. it's smooth handling, great looking ( red ) and no need to clean/maintain. of course a bling machine.
where to begin. I first spotted one of these headsets 13 or 14 years ago on a fellows Davidson that lead some local group rides. his equipment was already a couple of years old at that point. Well, 5 or 6 years later I was hard up for a ride and bought said Davidson off of him. I rode and rode and rode. I sold the frame awhile back having slapped the headset onto a cyclocross bike that I raced for a time. I'm still using the same damned headset on my commuter bike. I really don't expect to find myself without that particular headset on one bike or another for some time to come. I even used it for messengering and the potholes that are involved.
Oh...and another thing. One time, I was too eager trying to build up a bike that I damaged the bearings with a screwdriver. All I had to do was bring my bike down to the LBS looking suitably contrite and they shipped the poor chris king back to the factory for some new bearings for FREE! I have one on my MTB, road bike and commuter. If only all components were like this.
Similar Products Used: stronghlight,yst(7 dollars...you really can't complain),stx,mavic,campy chorus,ritchey
Bike Setup: no name spray painted commuter special with Mafac cantis, Mavic Cosmic wheels and a busted ass drivetrain.
a Road Racer
from Toronto, ON
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2003
Strengths: Smooth, tough, and oh so killer looking too, and the fact that people look at you like you're the shiz with this thing doesn't hurt either
Weaknesses: This thing ain't weak... the guy next to you on the trails, riding whatever cheap ass headset he's riding, now THAT is weak
For years, I'd heard the hype surrounding King's headsets, and a few days ago, I finally succumbed and bought one of these bad boys. For what it cost, I didn't initially expect it to perform as good as it was selling for, but man, the first ride I went on after having it installed, I was in bike nirvana! Velvety smooth steering, no more creaking and rubbing of the steer tube, I could go on and on, this thing kicks ass :)
Hard to figure out how to word this, but I'm looking at a bike with two forks--a carbon and the original steel threaded.
I would like to be able to switch between the forks, and was thinking if I used say a Chris King, I could use the Gripnut version for the threaded fork, the regular CK ahead se ... Read More »
So why can't I use a threadless headset on a threaded fork? I couldn't answer that question. So I tried it before intalling. I put the threadless headset over the threaded fork and put the threadless stem on and all looked good. So I cut the threaded fork to length put my start nut in and comme ... Read More »
I'm about to install a new Record 1" threaded headset...
- The bearings that are in the container come pre-greased and I was wondering if that's enough?
- Can I just add some bearing grease (I don't have genuine Campa grease) or is it a bad idea to mix different types?
- Or should I clean the beari ... Read More »
I'm thinking of changing out my 1" Shimano 600 headset for Campy, since all my other bits are campy. The headset I'm looking at has a shorter stack, 2.8cm. The Shimano has a 4.6 stack. So generally speaking, how much play (if any at all) is there with the fork to the threaded top lock nut? I've ... Read More »
I had it apart for a re-grease and clean. I must have lost the touch because it keeps backing off and becomes loose after a few miles. Both the threaded race and top nut will turn together. Getting frustrating...any tips?Read More »