Proper headset installation requires specialized tools plus the expertise of a highly skilled mechanic. Don't trust headset installations to just anyone, leave it to the pros at Cycles BiKyle.
Getting a new frame from Cycles BiKyle? We will advise you of just the right size and type of headset you will need. And if purchased along with the frame, there will be no charge for installation. All machining, cutting, and pressing will be done with top quality Campagnolo, Var, and BR tools by mechanics who have done this precision work hundreds and hundreds of times. Don't trust headset installations to just anyone, leave it to the pros at Cycles BiKyle.
Internal headsets sit inside the headtube of the frameset. The frame tubing is bulged during construction so the main parts of the headset recess into the actual frame. You can see some of the headset above the headtube but almost nothing below the headtube. Campagnolo calls their internal headsets "Hiddensets". All Campagnolo Hiddensets are 1 1/8" in diameter.
Though there are many sizes and fits of headsets offered, Campagnolo makes just three levels: Centaur, Chorus, and Record. All are precision ground to .001 millimeter for incredibly smooth performance. Record and Chorus include Selform under the races for absorbing large impacts without damage. Record and Chorus Hiddensets are the same except Record uses a carbon fixing cap with a light alloy bolt to drop 9 grams in weight.
Tech note: Frames are machined to take a specific type of internal headset. If your frame was manufactured to take Campagnolo-spec then these headsets will work, of course. However, if your frame was machined to take a Cane Creek, FSA, or other spec then you cannot put a Campagnolo headset in there. Sorry, it won't fit. To check, see what brand is currently in the frame or check with the frame manufacturer.
External headsets sit outside the headtube of the frameset. You can clearly see the headset parts both above AND BELOW the frame tubing.
All Campagnolo headsets are precision ground to .001 millimeter for incredibly smooth performance. Record and Chorus include Selform under the races for absorbing large impacts without damage. Record headsets, other than Hiddensets, add grease injector ports on the lower cup for greater ease in maintenance.
Tech note: Headsets are designed specifically to fit either traditional threaded forks (THD) or contemporary threadless forks (AHD). For threadless systems Campagnolo makes both Record and Chorus models in 1" diameter plus the Record model in the current standard of 1 1/8". And, they make the traditional threaded headset in the Record model, 1" THD.
If your bike has a older style threaded headset you can change to a more current threadless system. But, you will also have to change the fork and the stem to threadless models at the same time.
10 year warranty!
This is the most legendary headset on the planet, equally awesome for road or mountain bikes. Each Chris King headset is manufactured from materials and components hand picked and evaluated precisely for use in King headsets. Even the sealed cartridge bearings are manufactured in-house, a practice unheard of elsewhere in the industry.
We stock the 1" threaded headset in traditional "2-nut" design as this system allows you to install a cable guide for use with cantilever brakes - very important on touring and cyclocross bikes. The graphics are King's new "Sotto Voce" which are less prominent than earlier models.
Though the offer stands, few riders ever need to take Chris King up on their 10 year warranty!
1 1/8" external threadless. Equally well suited for road and mountain bikes.
The Cane Creek 100 is an excellent value in a pro-quality headset. We've used them extensively and riders couldn't be happier. The 100 is essentially the same headset as the highly regarded and considerably more expensive Cane Creek 110 except this one uses drop-in steel cartridge bearings rather than the stainless bearings on the 110 so the 100 is more easily serviced as well as more tolerant of small frame alignment discrepancies. As along as you don't leave your frame submerged in salt water for more than 2 days you shouldn't see a difference. If you wish, you can replace the bearings with the stainless variety sometime in the future. The 100 uses the same split-lip seals as the 110. Yes, the 110 has some more exotic etching on the logos and more deluxe anodizing but if you are interested in the artistic impact then we recommend the Chris King. Made of AL-6066 alloy, 35% stronger than industry standard AL-6061. Stack height is 28.7mm, weight is 98 grams. Stocked in both black and silver.
"The 100 is by far the best quality, completely practical headset you can buy. It has everything you need, and nothing you donít." Mountain.Bike198
No, it's not as smooth as Campy or as long lasting as Chris King, but the S-3 is a proven headset you can depend on for miles of trouble free performance. Includes 2 sealed cartridge bearings in an aluminum shell. Fits all 1 1/8" threadless frames that use traditionally mounted headsets rather than internal sets. Available in black or silver. Weight is 112 grams.
Surprisingly good quality for such a budget price. Features 5/32" ball bearings in an aluminum shell. Fits all 1 1/8" threadless frames that use traditionally mounted headsets rather than internal sets. Available in black only. Weight is 115 grams.
Pinarello uses proprietary internal bearings for all their current frames. We stock the three sizes of sealed precision cartridge bearings you'll need to return your headset to its original smoothness. These bearings work for all internal Pinarello headsets. All upper bearings for these headsets are 1 1/8". Non-tapered headtubes use the same sized 1 1/8" bearing on the bottom. Tapered headsets require either a single 1 1/4" or 1.5" bearing on bottom in addition to the 1 1/8" bearing on top. Bearings are precision ground steel balls sealed in circular cartridge for easy installation .... $29.99 each Add to CART
Most common Pinarello bearing sizes by year:
*If you are not certain of your size then email us model and year and we will update you asap: firstname.lastname@example.org