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OK I F_ed up my head set tonight. I was getting ready for the arrival of my Reba (should arrive Thursday) SO I take off the fork remove the crown race and have everything nice and neat on a shop rag. I look at the headset and spin the top feels good. Spin the bottom and it has more crunch than a bowl of frosted flakes with out milk. Well I thought that I could re grease the bearing. I tried to pop them on and that’s when I found out that it was not made to
remove the bearings. OH well live and learn... what headset should I get? Are there one that I can service the bearing? My old one was not that old but this Florida sand gets everywhere. Thanks for any suggestion.
 

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I tried to pop them on and that's when I found out that it was not made to remove the bearings.
Chances are the bearing has rusted and stuck to the lower race. It will come out and yes, you can prise the seals off the bearing, wash and repack with marine grade bearing grease...
 

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Chances are the bearing has rusted and stuck to the lower race. It will come out and yes, you can prise the seals off the bearing, wash and repack with marine grade bearing grease...
I wish that was the case but when I tired to pull the bearings out of the cup I Screwed it up so I need a headset. I am just not sure what to get.

also if its anyhelp I think it is a "internal" headset?
 

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i don't think there's a lot of choice for headset. certainly no 'chris king' version that i'm aware of. as far as i know 'TH Industries' manufactures headsets for FSA, Aheadset, Cane Creek, Giant, etc. i've replaced a headset with a 'giant' labelled one before and is the same as the factory one.

there are probably some with better bearings - better seals or stainless components - so you could suss that out. maybe download the FSA headset 'book' (warning: big .pdf file, 15Mb):

http://www.fullspeedahead.com/downloads/headsetbook.pdf

as you say, probably an '1-1/8" internal headset', with outer bearing diameter of 41mm and headtube inner diameter of 44mm, outer 50mm.

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Thanks a lot shiny_car this is a huge help the one I have now is manufactured TH Industries for Cane Creek.

I am going to my LBS tomorrow to check out what they have. At least I know what the hell I have. Why are there three types of headsets why is there not a standard?
 

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Thanks a lot shiny_car this is a huge help the one I have now is manufactured TH Industries for Cane Creek.

I am going to my LBS tomorrow to check out what they have. At least I know what the hell I have. Why are there three types of headsets why is there not a standard?
Marketing hype.

Every maker/designer say its design it's best....

However, I like the ZS headsets. I feel them a tad more stiffer and less prone to elements. But then it depends a lot on the quality of the headset itself.
 

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What Shiny Car said.....

You're looking for a "ZS" headset.

Options Available:

Cane Creek ZS 2 and ZS 6
WTB Innerpeace
FSA ZS and ZR

The ZR uses the same bearings than CK's... quality is superb. Is the best thing you can put on a Giant bike without further modifications as there are cups to fit normal headsets. Note that the ZR has deeper cups, so it may require some reaming of the headtube!!!!

NONE of them is below the 35 bucks mark. So, there are no cheap mistakes with a Giant headset.

My advice, contact Jared Johnson at www.downshiftcycles.com ... he has a killer deal on FSA ZS headsets, like 10 bucks below the competition. It's "blue seals" like a Cane Creek.

I need one but I'm out of funds. Bummer.
 

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The ZR uses the same bearings than CK's... quality is superb. Is the best thing you can put on a Giant bike without further modifications as there are cups to fit normal headsets. Note that the ZR has deeper cups, so it may require some reaming of the headtube!!!!
Well I went to my LBS and talked with one of the tech he said the FSA ZR will fit so I ordered one I should be in next week :( My poor bike looks so sad new Reba fork but it can put it on. I really stink we have some great weather in Florida right now and my bike is in pieces!
 

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ah ok, awesome. but then i won't tease you with the REBA's on my XTC or NRS. ;)

be sure to post up pics when you're done. :p

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Ok here she is and the wait was well worth it. The Reba is so much better compared to the Axle, the bike feels like a new beast! I can wait till I dial it in and take it on a real out for a real test!
Congratulations!!! That's a hell of a sweet ride!!!

Just one thing... shorten the cable on your front brake after the fixing bolt... You don't want it to go into the rotor's spokes!
 

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Ok here she is and the wait was well worth it. The Reba is so much better compared to the Axle, the bike feels like a new beast! I can wait till I dial it in and take it on a real out for a real test!

 

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yeah, nice....even with a camelback bladder hanging off the seat. :p

:)
 
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