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cavasta
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Which headset?

Postby cavasta » 17 Mar 2014, 4:21pm

I've just ordered a some new forks and thought I'd change the headset while I was at it (the bearings got damaged while I was taking the old forks out - they were a bit stubborn). The trouble is, I've no idea which headset I require for my set-up.

My bike is a 2011 Trek 2.3 with integrated headset:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... 2#features

These are the forks I've ordered:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ritchey-wcs-car ... ike-forks/

The current headset is a Cane Creek VP-A61ACK. It's made under license by VP Components:

http://www.vpcomponents.com/newen/produ ... php?id=174

This is a tech diagram of the VP-A61ACK:

http://www.vpcomponents.com/newen/tech.php?id=20

Looking at the selection of Ritchey headsets available on Wiggle (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/road/headsets-1/?ea=4294789754) I've no idea which I would need for my set-up. I'm looking to spend up to about £50. Can someone advise me which one(s) would be suitable please? I've no specialist headset fitting tools, so unless the headset is simple to fit without them I'd be asking my lbs to do it for me.

Any suggestions and advice greatly appreciated.

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Re: Which headset?

Postby Valbrona » 17 Mar 2014, 5:16pm

Cane Creek have a headset finder which I have found to be over-complicated, and these people also work to the SHIS system of sizing. Full Speed Ahead do a good range of integrated headsets and if you click on the links to 'Technical Drawing' or whatever finding a replacement headset can be quite intuative. Or just email Trek.

No special tools required to fit a headset with the exception of fitting the collet on the crown of the forks. But your existing collet will probably work fine so do not be in hurry to remove it.
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Re: Which headset?

Postby cavasta » 19 Mar 2014, 10:46am

Valbrona wrote:Cane Creek have a headset finder which I have found to be over-complicated, and these people also work to the SHIS system of sizing. Full Speed Ahead do a good range of integrated headsets and if you click on the links to 'Technical Drawing' or whatever finding a replacement headset can be quite intuative. Or just email Trek.

No special tools required to fit a headset with the exception of fitting the collet on the crown of the forks. But your existing collet will probably work fine so do not be in hurry to remove it.


Thanks for that. I emailed Trek but haven't received a reply, so I got in touch with Wiggle. They suggested that either of these headsets would be fine:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ritchey-pro-drop-in-headset/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ritchey-wcs-drop-in-headset/

Thanks for your input.

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Re: Which headset?

Postby cavasta » 20 Mar 2014, 1:49pm

Trek have just emailed me and confirmed that any of the Ritchey drop in headsets will fit :D