After more than thirty years of being around 1" headsets, our 1.5 NoThreadSet sure looks a little strange. Who would’ve imagined back in 1976 that bike parts would evolve into this? Even more, who would believe we'd have the riding style that demands this type of equipment?
We took our time in developing a 1.5 headset. From the beginning we wanted the design to include all the qualities that have made King sealed bearing headsets so trustworthy. But we weren’t about to simply pump up a current design and call it a day. Any King headset has to be strong enough to live up to our 10-year warranty. That’s where we start. Next, it has to perform better than any other system on the market while, at the same time, being easy to maintain. Lastly, it has to look good and be responsibly light. Just having a big bike is no excuse for having a pig of a headset on it.
We begin with stainless steel sealed bearings that we make entirely in-house. By developing our own bearings, we are able to put 32 rolling elements (ball bearings) into each upper and lower cup. That translates to 64 points of contact to handle the hardest impacts - ride after ride after ride.
Our design also allows you to service the bearing yourself using nothing more than a pen-knife and high-quality bearing grease. We machine the aluminum cups that house the bearings to within .0001" for a precise fit with your frame. In 2001, we were among the few companies to develop the onepointfive standard and we believe, now more than ever, in maintaining exacting standards across the industry.
An aluminium bearing cap and stem cap top off this new headset with the biggest stainless steel baseplate you’ll ever see holding it all up on your fork crown.
An important new feature of our 1.5 NoThreadSet is the PreLoader™, a system we developed in place of the more commonly-used star nut. While we believe the star nut is suitable for the applications of our other headsets, the 1.5 has greater demands than the star nut can effectively handle.
The PreLoader installs through the steerer tube of your fork and allows for the proper setting of bearing preload. The PreLoader is compatible with a wide range of bike sizes and fork crown types.
Chris King NoThreadset 1.5" - Sotte Voce Features:
Steerer Tube OD: 1.5"
Upper head tube ID: 49.6mm
Lower head tube ID: 49.6mm
Fork crown seat OD: 39.8mm
Total stack height: 36mm
Lower stack height: 14.8mm
Weight: 230g & 70g for PreLoader
Buy Chris King NoThreadset 1.5" - Sotte Voce from Chain Reaction Cycles, the worlds largest online bicycle store.
Rated 5 out of 5 by headset Worth the extra money
I have fitted CK headsets to my last 5 mountain bikes. Never had anything other than stellar performance from them. Bearings and seals just seem to go for ever despite very high usage. It's just one less component to worry about. I know that CK components appear to be pricey but they seem to last 5 times longer than most of the rest. If you are fussy then servicing is real easy on their headsets, BB's and Hubs
19 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous great product
i have been running this headset for about two years now on my bike, stripped it down to service it for the first time today and the bearings were perfect, i repacked with fresh grease and it still works like its brand new after two years and minimal service.
10 June 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Don't waste your money
I bought this headset and had it fitted to my Nicolai. The headset is very well made as you'd expect but there is a fundamental design flaw with the bearing cap. If you tighten the pre-loader to the right torque then the top bearing cap creaks and moves slightly when the bars are rotated more than about 30deg. This gets extremely annoying because you always think something's up with the front end of the bike. If you tighten the pre-loader more it makes the bearings feel grindy. At this price the headset should be perfect, it should be completely problem free. I won't waste my money on a Chris King product again.
03 September 2011