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Cinelli Soft Machine Headset

manicsermanicser Posts: 8
edited March 2013 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi,
I'm trying to find a replacement to my existing headset with no success.
I own a Cinelli Soft Machine MTB hardtale frame. The headset is integrated.
The diameter of the bearing is about 46.5 mm
Stear tube is 1-1/8" (28.6 mm)
Can you please advise what type of headset i need


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  • estampidaestampida Posts: 1,008
  • manicsermanicser Posts: 8
    estampida wrote:

    I wrote them an email. They don't have anything compatible :(
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    have you looked on the headset standards pades or on Parktools yet?
    does it have cups? or just pressed in races?

    I guess the top meassured part is a press fit into the frame or is it a slip fit? (tools or no tools to fit?).
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • manicsermanicser Posts: 8
    nicklouse wrote:
    have you looked on the headset standards pades or on Parktools yet?
    does it have cups? or just pressed in races?

    I guess the top meassured part is a press fit into the frame or is it a slip fit? (tools or no tools to fit?).

    It doesn't have any cups, just pressed in races and it's a slip fit.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    yep so have you compared the measurement to the standards? as per above?
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • manicsermanicser Posts: 8
    nicklouse wrote:
    yep so have you compared the measurement to the standards? as per above?

    Yes, I have compared the measurement to the standards, at least to the common ones. I even wrote to several headset manufacturers, but no one has anything compatible.

    I belive it's a proprietary standard.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    so the lower cup is not

    IS47?

    is the upper exactly the same?
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • manicsermanicser Posts: 8
    nicklouse wrote:
    so the lower cup is not

    IS47?

    is the upper exactly the same?

    Yes, the both cups are exactly the same
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    and this is the part that goes into the frame first?
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    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • manicsermanicser Posts: 8
    Yes, this is the bearing. if you'll look at the first picture in my first post, on the right is the assembled bearing and in the middle is the second bearing (disassembled)

    Both are the same size
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    pic is a bit small haveing been reduced.

    ok so on the left we have.

    something at the top?
    top bearing cover and centering collar.
    and?
    center Top down
    outer race. bearing. inner race, seal.
    where is the part that sits on the fork? still on the fork?
    and the actual measured part is the top center part?
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • manicsermanicser Posts: 8
    nicklouse wrote:
    pic is a bit small haveing been reduced.

    ok so on the left we have.

    something at the top?
    top bearing cover and centering collar.
    and?
    center Top down
    outer race. bearing. inner race, seal.
    where is the part that sits on the fork? still on the fork?
    and the actual measured part is the top center part?

    You are absolutely right.
    The bottom part on the left is the crown race.

    The measured part is the top center part (outer race) and fits directly into the frame.

    P.S. Thanks for your time and effort
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    TBH it is drawing a blank.

    drop these guys a mail and see if they have any ideas.

    sales at chickencyclekit.co.uk
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • gattonerogattonero Posts: 16
    I do have the same frame.
    And yes I do remember the same trouble when thinking about replacing the headset.
    No surprise that such style of headtube lasted only one year, too odd.

    Will bring it in the workshop one day soon and will double-check, a.t.m. can't remember exactly diameter and angle of the bearings, but they are needle ones, very similar to what used by Stronglight
    Ciao!
    Andrea
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