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Looking @ buying a headset w/ stainless steel cups. Just wondering if they are harder to install because the steel has no give compared to aluminum ? I will be using a homemade all-thread washer installer which is also a little im-percise. Thanx
 

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If that headset uses those deep insert type of cups you might need to prep your headtube differently than a standard cup, but I wouldn't worry about the difference in the two metals on install.
 

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Bikinfoolferlife said:
If that headset uses those deep insert type of cups you might need to prep your headtube differently than a standard cup, but I wouldn't worry about the difference in the two metals on install.
Yup, if you are getting one of the the deep insertion headsets you will need to get the headtube prepped for proper fit. Then you might as well have the shop press in the new cups.

I do not trust jury-rigged headset presses. Just too easy to screw up and so easy to have it done with the right tools. It is a one-time job for me. In 20+ years of riding I have trashed just one headset. I have several headsets that are 10+ years old and are still going strong (and not Chris Kings).
 
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