Headset press recommendations

Matthewfalle
Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
edited June 2014 in Workshop
Morning All

Can anyone recommend a headset press - need maximum bang for buck. Road bike, home use so a couple of times a year but want to buy one that will last forever.

I've had a quick look around but with so many choices recommendations would be very welcome.

Many thanks,

M
Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

De Sisti wrote:
This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
smithy21 wrote:

He's right you know.

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  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    By a new bike

    Don't forget to burn the old one ....



    heh :D
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Cyclus - 10x better than the flimsy Park one for the money IMO.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,845
    years ago i got the big park tool one cheap, but i wouldn't get it at normal price, it's crazy, and as above, the basic park one isn't as good as the cyclus

    which is what i'd get if i were going to buy one now... http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cyclus-headset-press/

    park/other presses do come up on ebay, it's worth checking for bargains
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  • woolwich
    woolwich Posts: 298
    +1 for the Cyclus. Works well.
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  • imposter2.0
    imposter2.0 Posts: 12,028
    Just to add - unless you have a bike with an older-style external headset, you almost certainly will not need a headset press in your workshop. Most 'modern' frames are now using integrated or semi-integrated headset setups which can usually be assembled by hand.
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Cool - thank you very much. Cycles looks like it's winning it :)

    Slow bike: burning pyre already contains old head set - I'll scour the forum for further parts to add :)
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Imposter wrote:
    Just to add - unless you have a bike with an older-style external headset, you almost certainly will not need a headset press in your workshop. Most 'modern' frames are now using integrated or semi-integrated headset setups which can usually be assembled by hand.


    Aaa ah - a factor I hadn't considered - thank you.

    2005 Trek 2005 (the top of the range Ali race frame one) - waddy a reckon: int/semi int or not.

    Ta muchly!
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    Slow bike: burning pyre already contains old head set - I'll scour the forum for further parts to add :)
    ;)
  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    +1 Cyclus

    plus I've made extra shims/adaptors to fit various headset cups, and bought shims to fit pressfit BB cups. Good tool.
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  • dj58
    dj58 Posts: 2,221
    ^+ Another here with the Cyclus Headset Press, well made and excellent value for the money.
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Brilliant stuff - thank you everyone.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    Carefully tap in with a soft mallet. Keep an eye on perpendicularity and it will be just as good.
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  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    2 pieces of 50mm x 50mm 10mm thick steel plate with a 12mm hole drilled in the middle, and a length of m12 threaded bar with 2 x m12 nuts on. Made by a fitter at our place for me on nights. Worked everytime I've used it, and cost me nowt

    Ah, the Yorkshireman showing his true colours - trouble is, in the hands of someone with lesser competence it's a very good way of b*ggering-up a frame/headset cup if it's not bang-on square. Also, using a flat-plate on an press-fit BB bearing can knacker-it if it distrorts the inner race
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Make one for about £5.
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    Monty Dog wrote:
    Cyclus - 10x better than the flimsy Park one for the money IMO.

    I might agree if this was for bike shop use, but as it will be used once a year or so in a home shop I see no reason to go spend a ton. The cheapest Park one will see ya through many years of hanging on a wall and even perform the use intended more than a few times.
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    Make one for about £5.

    I had my uncle(a machinist) make me one. Works great AND even installs press fit BB's.