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Old 03-22-05, 11:22 PM
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I only bought my ck because I got a good deal on ebay. I would not spend 120.00 for a new one.
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Old 03-22-05, 11:23 PM
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when I had to change forks on my road bike I could not afford another ck headset so used a FSA. no problem with that. but if you can get a good deal on a ck go for it.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
They are bling but they are also very eco friendly. They recycle just about everything they use.That makes them worth it to some people.
Smoothest headset I've come across. Plus the eco policies were a no-brainer for me.


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I simply cannot imagine destroying a headset. I don't do "extreme" type riding but I put quite a few miles on my bike(s) and have never had a problem with any headset. I'm a bigger rider.... I average about 240. I've used 4 different forks on my old mid 80's schwinn sierra comp in the last 13 years and I used the same headset... even the same lower race. It was a cheap aheadset. I lubed it up with waterproof synthetic grease every couple of years. What exactly breaks on them**********???
I did buy a S-2 crane for my recent stumpjumper touring bike set up because it was a great buy.
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Old 03-23-05, 02:38 AM
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I guess if theres enough stress the cups crack? Correct me if i'm wrong.

Ive only ever used one (decent) headset and it is an A-Headset. Make by cane creek im pretty sure. Works fine for me.
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Old 03-23-05, 02:46 AM
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Parts fail.
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Well what is it that makes the CHris king headset so special? can somebody tell me what sets them apart from say, a cane creek s-2? ANd dont give stupid answers or make dumb comments. Facts please
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Kings have a ten year warranty. Thats a long time.

Probably two - three bikes for most people.

Talk to most people and they last much much longer than that

I couldn't find any warranty info on Cane creek website.

I have both kinds and both have worked fine for me.
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I think the CK will last longer than any headset on the market, but to me paying $30 for a CC S-2 is more financially responsible. Plus I feel the CC will last a good 10 years easy, and thats longer than I will keep the bike.
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
Im leaning toward a no they are not worth it myself. I mean some of their hubs are almost 400 dollars, my 240's of a set i got for 150 brand new. ANd are probably just as good
No, they're not. For the rider who prefers instant pedal response, there is no comparison to a King hub (Hadley 108 pt is very similar, though).

I have a King headset that has been on multiple bikes and multiple forks over an eight year span with no sign of wear or failure, and zero maintenance required. Just another data point.
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Originally Posted by gastro
No, they're not. For the rider who prefers instant pedal response, there is no comparison to a King hub (Hadley 108 pt is very similar, though).

I have a King headset that has been on multiple bikes and multiple forks over an eight year span with no sign of wear or failure, and zero maintenance required. Just another data point.
I dont know I think 240's are just amazing hubs. So light, i think the front is around 95 grams. They supposedly have very nice seals, which i believe. And the best of all, the dont sound like a chain saw that scares away other folks on the trails
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
And the best of all, the dont sound like a chain saw that scares away other folks on the trails
That sound of the ringdrive is what gives CK hubs their nearly instantaneous engagement. It's a sound that commands respect.
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Wheen you say nearly instant engagement, do you mean like if you spin the free hub mechanism, the moment you spin like if you were moving the bike, it takes the rest of the hub with it. There is no "dead movement", like you sipin it for a few mm's before it kicks in. Im slightly confused
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
Wheen you say nearly instant engagement, do you mean like if you spin the free hub mechanism, the moment you spin like if you were moving the bike, it takes the rest of the hub with it. There is no "dead movement", like you sipin it for a few mm's before it kicks in. Im slightly confused
You know how some hubs hesitate slightly when you start pedaling? Especially under load? King hubs don't do that. Every mm that you move the crank translates into movement of the hub. They don't have the Shimano "lag"
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Ah, well i never noticed my 240's doing that. I must say im very happy with them, plus they are so light its rather nice.
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
Ah, well i never noticed my 240's doing that. I must say im very happy with them, plus they are so light its rather nice.
Ride a King, you'll notice.
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well, its like 300+ for the rear hub alone. I think i probably ended up paying just over that for my entire wheelset. And I got my stuff at very low prices on ebay
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
well, its like 300+ for the rear hub alone. I think i probably ended up paying just over that for my entire wheelset. And I got my stuff at very low prices on ebay
They sell King stuff on eBay
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for 50 bucks less lol. Still, i just dont think they are worth it. Im so very happy with 240s right now, MAYBE when i have a real job and when (if) if these hubs crap out i will give kings a shot
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Or if i follow the general trend. I will end up getting bored and wanting to try something new, i will sell out these wheels and buy new ones for the heck of it
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Old 03-23-05, 05:18 PM
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hi mate,living in uk,have king head set in my foes fxc worth its weght in gold there that good i am fitting one to my downhill bike .if you`ve got the money get one. have used other headsts andthats all they are
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Maelstrom, no disrespect intended, but the historical evidence suggests you should preface your responses with the disclaimer that "cheap" is at or near the top of your decision making criteria.

Regarding King headsets & hubs, I'd say that, in my experience, they are certainly high quality, reliable, easily serviceable components, and the factory support is second to none (Plus they offer cool colors!). When you factor in the company's environmental and socially responsible business practices, their products are a bargain and, to the extent possible, cyclists should support them. The highest praise might be that all the other manufacturers seem to be attempting to copy King's designs.

phantomcow2, go with the King headset!
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Well im leaning toward the Ritchey WCS, I have never gone wrong with a RItchey product. I just cant justify spending that on a headset
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"their products are a bargain"
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I hate giving money to tom ritchey, but I just bought a pair of moby bite tires. Oh, the turmoil.
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