The headset - responsible for the optimal fit of the fork
The headset in the bike ensures the perfect fit of the fork in the frame and thus for maximum driving safety. Smooth-running steering movements guarantee the highest steering precision in all driving situations. The headset for the mountain bike has to withstand particularly high loads. Forged steel bearing shells are used in the bicycle as well as CNC machined aluminum bearing shells. High-quality seals ensure a smooth and long-lasting function.
In our shop you can find bicycle headsets for different fork shafts, from 1 inch to 1.5 inches. We carry the traditional threaded headset as well as the high end headset with ceramic ball bearings.
Cult tax rates and sophisticated tuning
Cult and for many years reference in MTB are the Chris King tax rates. Take a Chris King rate from bike to bike - a real investment for the future! In addition to complete tax rates you will of course also receive individual lower and upper parts. We offer a variety of different types with a variety of designs and installation heights. Many headsets are available in several colors, so you can give your bike a cool look at the same time!
Of course, we also stock a wide range of accessories such as Ahead caps, headset claws and spacers.
The tax rate for the bike may be the one or the other hardly a concept, or know only very few, what exactly is behind it. The topic is very complex and there are many different variants that are used depending on the bicycle frame.
The basic principle of the headset on a normal bicycle or Mtb is relatively simple, because this component connects the fork or suspension fork with the bicycle frame. The tax rate is fixed in the so-called head tube. In its inner workings are on the top and bottom of the headset bearings (ball bearings or roller bearings), which ensure that you can make clean and smooth steering movements as a driver. In addition, the headset also ensures that the fork or fork is connected without noticeable play with the frame.
There are an incredible number of tax rate manufacturers, for example. Rose, Cane Creek, FSA, Hope, Tange, Humpert, Nukeproof, Contec, Dartmoor, Acros and many more. But just as diverse as the manufacturers are, so are the individual variants of the tax rates. Therefore, we would like to list the most important ones here. First of all, you have to define the two main categories and that would be the thread tax rate and the ahead tax rate.
The threaded headset has long been the measure of things and is still widely used today on city bikes. The headset or fork is fixed to the frame with various threaded cups. The stem is inserted into the fork tube or shaft and fixed with an internal clamp. This system allows a height adjustment of the stem, but in mountain bikes, this system is not used for a long time.
The Ahead tax rate is clearly the most widely used type of tax rate. The bearing shell is no longer fixed by threaded cups here, but is hammered into the head tube of the bicycle frame. The individual bearings are then, so to speak, "loose" in the head tube. Only in combination with fork and stem, the system gets stability. Through the so-called Ahead cap, which is located on the stem, a screw is inserted, which is screwed inside the steerer tube in the "claw". This is how the fork and stem pull against each other and fix the system. It is important not to over tighten the screw, otherwise the steering movement is difficult. However, if the screw is not fixed enough, you get a disturbing game between fork and frame, which in the long term harms the material or the bearings. The classic Ahead Headset has a size of 1 1/8 inches above and below, but of course there are differences here as well.
In turn, there are other variants of the Ahead System:
With the integrated headset, the bearings are loosely placed in the prepared frame and disappear almost invisibly. Depending on the bike, there are different diameters for this system, so you have to be careful when choosing. The bearing shells, which otherwise have to be hammered into the Ahead system, are part of the frame and can not be exchanged accordingly. Here it is particularly important to set the tax rate without a game, as an improper handling can quickly bring fatal consequences.
The semi-integrated headset is popular with many Mtb drivers, as it allows a flat design of the control center. Similar to the fully integrated, the bearing shells disappear in the frame, but they are interchangeable and must be hammered.
The external tax rate is the most widely used system. Here, both bearings are hammered into the head tube and stand out clearly on this. The bearings are in the bearing shells and are therefore not integrated in the frame.
Tapered or tapered
In the case of the conical or rised headset, the shells inserted are of different sizes in the frame. At the top of a 1 1/8 inch shell is used, at the bottom, however, a bearing shell with a larger diameter. Usually comes here then 1 1/2 inches are used. The benefit is that forks with a wider or conical shaft can be installed and so the stability of the same is increased.