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Headset replacement

figbatfigbat Posts: 680
edited December 2016 in MTB workshop & tech
I am slowly working my way over my 2007 Kona Caldera, fixing and replacing stuff. I just did the bottom bracket, replaced brake pads and replaced the fluid. Now the headset. It is notchy - it is rideable but I do notice it when stationary and occasionally on the move.

It is a 1 1/8" threadless type with external bearings, of which there are many replacement choices. However, in terms of replacing it, is this one I can do with bodging, or must I beg/borrow/steal the right tools?

I did the headset on an enduro motorcycle with a hammer and drifts (plus borrowed a hydraulic press at work to do the crown race). Same?

Any suggested headsets of good value for XC/trail use? The one in it is the OEM one and is marked Cane Creek TH Industries on the visible exterior.
Cube Reaction GTC Pro 29 for the lumpy stuff
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Fuji Altamira 2.7 for the summer roads
Trek 830 Mountain Track frame turned into a gravel bike - for anywhere & everywhere


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