Chris King Steelset Headset

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $196.49

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Product Description

Designed especially for those of you who must jump things, drop off of things, and generally run into things very, very hard. The SteelSet is the strongest headset Chris King has ever made

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from north vancouver

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2010

Strengths:    Chris King reliability/performance.

Weaknesses:    The silly 25mm lower bearing cup length.
Way too many folks have found that once installed
in their frame that it can't be removed.

Bottom Line:   
I got one of these for a steal at my LBS as no one's buying them anymore, at least not here. I then had a machinist friend of mine trim the lower bearing cup to 10mm and voila I have a practical bombproof headset...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Chris King aluminum no threadsets, Syncros, FSA, WTB, etc.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pamela Pivo a Weekend Warrior from Denver, co

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2005

Strengths:    Superb machinery, seals, looks, steering, quality and finish.

Weaknesses:    Challenging to install!

Bottom Line:   
Great headset with no competition.

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Favorite Trail:   the flute

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Race Face Diabolus.

Bike Setup:   Kona Stab Primo with DH kit and Fox 40 RC2 fork.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick a Weekend Warrior from North Van, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2005

Strengths:    Typical Chris King product. Excellent seals/bearings.

Weaknesses:    A real bugger to install. If the cups extend past the internal flanges in your head tube, you're screwed. There is no way to remove this headset to move it to another frame.

Bottom Line:   
Great headset does what it's intended for. Good solution for ovalized headtubes however, if you intend transferring it to another frame make sure you'll be able to remove it when the time comes.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Chris King no thread head sets in my other two bikes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeff hollowell a Downhiller from sterling hts, mi 48312

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2004

Strengths:    super strong, good bearings, sealed very well, extremely well machined

Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
After a year and a half of riding dirt jumps, street/urban, and mountain cross my the tope tube was ovaled out by .012"(12 thousanths of an inch) but the headset was perfectly round. i haven't needed to shim it or anything it stays tight all the time. so it has saved me from buying a new frame.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Bike Setup:   02 Azonic Evolution, 02 Marzocchi Dirt jumper, XT discs, Mavic 231, Race Face North Shore DH cranks, Signiture DH BB

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2003

Strengths:    It's strength is it's strength. Pushes an inch into your frame. Gives flared head-tubes new life. Will last longer than any bike. Easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:    Some might say weight and/or price, but if you want to get the strongest headset there is, it's worth it. It's still MUCH cheaper than a new frame (which was a possibility if this didn't work).

Bottom Line:   
I have a five year old Mountain Cycle Shockwave, ridden hard. About two years ago I flared the head tube a little and put in a Coke can shim half way around the bottom cup. Like all non-permanent solutions, it eventually failed. I contacted Mountain Cycle for advice and they suggested a Chris King Steelset. Great advice. It took me and two bike mechanics to get it in there, (one of the hardest presses they've done) but it is extremely solid and there are no more creaks. Of course, let me ride it for two years and get back to you, but it saved me thousands on a new frame. I thank the visionary at Chris King that ignored weight and material trends and thought "I'm gonna design the world's strongest headset!" and did it. Huckers, jumpers and DHers, get it!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $143.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Ringle Slammer Jammer, FSA Pig. Both are now in my parts bin.

Bike Setup:   Mountain Cycle Shockwave, Marzocchi Z1 Drop-offs ( great fork but get the through axle only, see my review), Mavic 321s, Hayes, home-made 34 tooth MRP. Wonderful bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon a Downhiller from New York, NY

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2003

Strengths:    Looks awesome, totally bulletproof, 10 year warranty

Weaknesses:    Since the flanges are so huge, either you have to get your headtube reamed (which decreases strength, or buy a frame with an externally machined headtube, which are kinda hard to find, a little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Thois headset is the best I've ever come across. You will never break this headset no matter what you did. Buy this headset, and forget about your headset forever.

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Favorite Trail:   The Next One

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   FSA Pig

Bike Setup:   Karpiel Apocolypse, Super Monsters, Atomlab Ballistic pedals

Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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Steelset thoughts?

Other than I don't have any need for the strength that the Chris King Steelset offers... the fact that I probably won't ever be able to remove it and it weighs 2X as much as most others... Is there any other reason a Steelset would be an issue... as in create a new problem? I came across a chris ... Read More »

King Steelset on RFX

Anybody running a Chris King Steel Set on their RFX? I have an '06 and was going to order one up at work today but am not 100% if it will fit the headtube considering the reinforcement inside. Tried to call Turner today but it appears as though with Presidents Day they are out riding their bikes whi ... Read More »

06 Chameleon + King Steelset?

Question: do the 2006-era Chameleon frames have an internally-butted headtube that makes deep-skirt headsets (like the King Steelset) a bad idea? I've seen the V10 FAQ that recommends against these headsets for that frame, but I haven't found anything--neither an SC FAQ nor an thread--th ... Read More »

Nicolai Helius AM + Chris King Steelset

Anyone know if the Helius AM frame is reamed, [B]AND [/B]capable of taking the Chris King Steelset ? Will the internal area of the headset need to be faced to allow the insertion of the deeper cups ? TIA :thumbsup:Read More »

Chris King Steelset fit on a '08 Kona-Five?

Hey guys, first post here. I've got a Five-O that I am interested in putting a Steelset on, but CK's website said it might not fiit all 1 1/8 heatubes. Anyone have any experince with this? Will it fit? Thanks!Read More »

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