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Headset - uh oh...

Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
edited May 2009 in MTB workshop & tech
The headset on my 2007 Spesh Stumpy (HT) is getting a bit sticky. Tried cleaning it but no joy. Do I need another one or can they be freed up?

If I do replace it it will HAVE to be a smoked grey Hope... :wink:

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Might just be able to put new bearings in.
  • supersonic wrote:
    Might just be able to put new bearings in.
    Depends on the headset though doesnt it? i'm fairly sure I read that my sealed Pig Pro can't be opened up?
  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    It's just a pretty standard "Cane Creek" one I think - came with the bike. There's gunk oozing from the back of the lower end of it.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Should just be able to replace the carts really.
  • Its ok Matt Ill tell you what you want to hear...

    Its shot you need a new one :lol: Hope is the only way forward for the colour you want.

    (Caveat: 95% sur eyou can service the Cane Creek ones but its best to keep it as a back up!)
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  • stevieboystevieboy Posts: 704
    +1 to the above

    Hope last for years with no phaffing, or CK but they're not so cheap.

    Does sound like the bearings are shot so, what's it to be......

    guilt free bearing replacement, or a new shiney Hope grey headset :lol::wink:
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Don't Cane Creek supply bearings to Hope?!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    new bearings is the right thing to do.

    however,

    a nice new version hope headset is a joy to behold and you can tell the hope is properly well sealed with no routes in for any muck. it also has a split crown race which is the only way to go in my opinion.

    ive had a chris king but it was too slack in my enduro and there is something about chris kings where they are made to the bottom end of the tolerances and the spesh headtubes are made to the top end of the tolerance meaning they dont achieve the correct interference fit. it wasnt a problem on my stumpy but it would push fit by hand into the enduro !!

    also, the gunsmoke one is lush and is what i have on my stumpy too.
  • Chaz.HardingChaz.Harding Posts: 3,144
    Yup, definitely a new headset :shock: :wink:

    Remember, you have to tell your wife just how dangerous it is! You could *die* if it's faulty :shock: :shock: :lol:

    And the only replacement that will fit is the Hope. And the only colour they have is a smoke grey one.

    Hard life aint it :wink: 8)
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  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    Cheers all! :wink::D
  • Chaz.HardingChaz.Harding Posts: 3,144
    So, what ya gonna do?
    Boo-yah mofo
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    Fix it 'till it's broke
  • stir88stir88 Posts: 124
    Hi All, just reading the thread about the headset bearings. I have just had to remove my forks for a service and have noticed my bearings need replacing, i have a cane creek headset and supersonic has mentioned you can get replacement cartridge bearings for this, where would i get these and how do you know they are going to be correct size? any help would be great. cheers
  • shogunsteveshogunsteve Posts: 209
    stir88 wrote:
    Hi All, just reading the thread about the headset bearings. I have just had to remove my forks for a service and have noticed my bearings need replacing, i have a cane creek headset and supersonic has mentioned you can get replacement cartridge bearings for this, where would i get these and how do you know they are going to be correct size? any help would be great. cheers

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Sear ... t+bearings
  • stir88stir88 Posts: 124
    thanks for the link. i have the cane creek slimstak which there is no mention on chain reaction. if it is a 1.1/8th bearing would it mean the more expensive the bearing the better quality or are they totally different bearings
  • shogunsteveshogunsteve Posts: 209
    stir88 wrote:
    thanks for the link. i have the cane creek slimstak which there is no mention on chain reaction. if it is a 1.1/8th bearing would it mean the more expensive the bearing the better quality or are they totally different bearings


    Email CRC, they are really helpful and will look into it. I've asked them stuff many times and they always come back with an answer.
  • stir88stir88 Posts: 124
    Cheers shogunsteve, I'll call crc tomorrow to explain what i need then i'll be able to order the part at the same time
  • stevieboystevieboy Posts: 704
    Surf-Matt wrote:
    Cheers all! :wink::D

    You know it makes sense :lol:
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    Kona Coilair 2007 Dark Peak Destroyer
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/ ... C09727.jpg

    "BOCD - If it aint perfect it aint good enough"
  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    I now have a lovely black (thought I better had to match the bike!) Hope headset! Not the sexiet upgrade but made me realise how bad my old one had got!!

    Hope BB next.

    Oh and bought 2 Thule bike mount for the roofrack - for me and the wife.
  • stevieboystevieboy Posts: 704
    Black is sexy, it's the new gold/red/blue/green :lol:

    Enjoy the fit and forget nature of Hope Headsets :D
    Scott Scale Custom
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/ ... C09729.jpg

    Kona Coilair 2007 Dark Peak Destroyer
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/ ... C09727.jpg

    "BOCD - If it aint perfect it aint good enough"
  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    Stevie - will do. One of those things that I hadn't realised was so bad until I had it changed. I can now steer properly again!

    And I have a very very black bike too...(this is pre new headset last week):

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