Chris King's Head?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Caher, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. Caher

    Caher New Member

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    Hi all,
    The other day I walked into my local bike shop and noticed some Chris King heads for £125! Why would anyone pay that amount for a part like that – or am I missing something? I can perhaps see why a race face cranks can cost over £250 where you might get real lightweight and strength but surely a head is quite a basic part like a nut?

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  2. gruppo

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    Why would anyone pay $5000 (US) for a bicycle? Isn't it just two wheels held together by a metal triangle? You even have to power it yourself!
     
  3. Caher

    Caher New Member

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    Good point but a bike is the sum of its parts (many parts) but a headset is way more simplistic than that. My objective is to upgrade my bike but also justify to the higher powers some of the parts i might need.
     
  4. Powerful Pete

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    I guess it all depends on what you feel are the 'weakest points' on your ride.

    IMHO, a King headset, as wonderful as it may be, would not be my first priority in an upgrade (given a limited amount of money and desire to upgrade my bike).

    The first things I would look at are

    1) comfy seat (my nether regions are important to me);
    2) wheels; and
    3) ergo-derailleurs combo;
    4) ultra sensual super duper carbon cranks (they just look too cool)!

    What the heck, get a whole new bike! :D
     
  5. boudreaux

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    I've never had an issue with Ultegra HS that I have bought new for $10-20. Even if they shouldn't last as long as a King, I can buy alot of them for the price of a King.They both do exactly the same job. But not as many of them priceless bling and poseur' points with a plain Jane Ultegra.
     
  6. JohnO

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    When I replaced the headset on my MTB, I briefly looked at the CK headset. USD$140 at the LBS, or $35 for an Aheadset unit. Have to say this, the CK headset was just plain beautiful.

    There is absolutely no performance difference between the Aheadset unit, a Shimano 105, a Campy Chorus, or the CK headset. For the price of the CK headset, I bought the aheadset, plus a set of Easton Monkeylite handlebars for my MTB.

    Even bling has it's limits...
     
  7. sam218

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    what threadless headsets are good values (in US?)
     
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