I need a good quality 1 inch threaded headset. It would be good if it’s sealed as it needs to survive winter riding.
Now Chris King makes the Gripnut and 2Nut threaded headsets which are obviously the benchmark for quality. My understanding is that the 2Nut is able to handle spacers, while the Gripnut version can’t- any further thoughts on which one is better?
Lastly, are there any alternatives to Chris King which might be slightly cheaper?
I am using a Shimano 600 headset on another frame which works nicely, however they don’t make them anymore.
When I raced BMX I ran a small neoprene cuff around the bottom cup of the headset. I think Lizard skins made them, it worked a treat. Couldn’t be too hard to make one your self, It was just a rectangle about 30mm x 60mm of neoprene with velcro on each end, wrap it round and away you go.
It’s great that you can just drop the cart bearings out and replace them, but the cost is prohibitive. I managed to keep a pair alive for a while longer with an extended ultrasonic bath in shellite to try and drive out oil/grit, followed by another bath in light oil to relube. Worked… sort of. At least with loose ball you just replace all for a dollar or two.
Haven’t worn one out? You mustn’t turn/wobble enough.
Or you can just cut a slice from an appropriately sized inner tube (I found a 1.5 - 2" mtb tube was perfect for my 1"threaded headset).
Of course I’m, sure pro roadies would be horrified with the “seal drag” this solution will cause
i’ve seen this done with considerable success in cold wet places (pacific NW and snowy places) where the salt/grit can destroy your headset.
real roadies are out training all winter in any condition, on a dual braked fixed gear, and came up with solutions like this… but i agree, those stay-at-home, ride-to-the-race types would think of any excuse to complain :roll: