• My project pieces are coming together, but I'm thinking of upgrading my forks from Alu to Carbon before I build it, but after some reading, it looks like I need to change the headset too.

    I've currently got a FSA ZS3 which fits my 50mm headtube and a set of Alu forks. Looking at some carbon forks on ebay which will fit, 700c and 1-1/8". Question is do I need to get a carbon specific headset for a carbon steerer, or can I use the headset I have?

    Anyone explain the differences and why i'd need to.

    My education continues.

  • No need to change headset.

  • Can use the headset you have

  • You will need a bung for carbon forks, they cost about £10.

  • Thanks for the quick replies. This place is great if you don't know anything ;-)

    Which bits the Bung?

    I take is there's no chance of the alu frame/headset binding with the carbon. Had a carbon seatpost that binded with my old steel frame. Pain to get out.

  • A bung? No you don't, what for and where do you put it?

    A carbon fork is just the same as a steel/alu one but lighter, only thing you need to worry about is size - 1" or 1 1/8"

  • The bung is because you're not supposed to use a star fangled nut on carbon steerers.

    It replaces the top cap and star nut system.

    they look like this : http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/id29943.h­tml

  • I never had any problems, each to their own though...

  • What are the forks exactly?

    If it's just an alloy steerer then there's no need to change anything. If it has a carbon steerer then you need a specific bung (insead of a star fangled nut), which doesn't damage the carbon like the nut possibly could.

    Like this - http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Model­s.aspx?ModelID=2218

  • So I can just get a bung for £8.99 and fit it to my FSA headset.

    The forks I'm looking at have a carbon steerer.

  • Yeah, but don't get the M Part one, it's rubbish.

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Headsets when changing from Alu to carbon forks?

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