• It's true that I do kind of want the Chris King one because it's Chris King. I wanted one so much as a teenager, it's a little bit of wish fulfilment. Like when I bought my Fender guitar, which I rarely play. However, no one seems to doubt that the quality is anything other than first rate do they, and I don't imagine I'll ever sell it on so...

    Shimano and Campagnolo - probably not for this build. The bike has neither brand so far, it's all Japanese NJS stuff (Nitto, Sugino, MKS) except with Phil Wood hubs, cog and BB. I think about all this stuff way too much, it's daft. Nothing against either brand by the way, my fast bike is all Shimano and my tourer all Campag.

  • However, no one seems to doubt that the quality is anything other than first rate do they...

    I've always had a bit of a lust for a King headset, never been willing to splash the cash though. Got one recently in a bundle with some other stuff I bought at a decent price and...I'm underwhelmed.

    Mine is an older threadless version, from before the licence on the wedge system ran out so has King's vastly inferior 'scuff washer' system, I've bodged a bearing cover from a £5 unbranded headset to fit.

    Beyond the fact it has 'King' emblazoned around the cups it's no better than any other sealed bearing headset I've used, including the £5 one.

    Why anyone is paying King prices for 44mm headsets thatare totally hidden from view is beyond me.

  • Jazzy Bearings?

    Personally having had kings before, I actually prefer Hope headsets these days.

    But my longest lasting and still fine after nearly 10 years is an FSA Pig. I took it apart recently to see if it needed greasing, and it was as good as new (nearly).

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