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Hope Headset - 1.5" Stepdown

Self explanatory. Takes 1.5” headtube (only, not a Cannondale) down to use a 1 1/8” fork. Perfect for the big freeride bikes where a triple clamp fork is being used. 113g. 13mm stack height.

Hope Headset - 1.5" Stepdown Features:

  • Full stainless steel bearings (replacable)
  • Split crown race
  • Common parts throughout the range
  • All parts available as spares and fully rebuildable
  • Steel hed doc bolt on the 1.5" step down
  • Total stack height: 13mm
  • To run alongside the conventional 1 1/8” threadless headset.
  • The bearings themselves are STAINLESS STEEL and are replaceable.
  • The cups, taper ring and crown race (which is now split for easy installation and removal) are all machined aluminium.
  • Sealing is achieved through an adjustable taper ring cover and integrated rubber seal.
  • The bearings also incorporate their own sealing and being made from stainless steel resist corrosion and it’s by products much better than a conventional steel bearing.
  • An aftermarket crown race is also available which has 3mm of extra height built into it, which again can be used to help with clearance

Buy Hope Headset - 1.5" Stepdown from Chain Reaction Cycles, the world's largest online bicycle store.

  • Colour: Black
  • Steerer Diameter: 1.1/8"
  • Headset Type: Conventional
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Can certainly take the abuse! I'm not exactly a gentle rider but this thing is a tank! Takes all the punishment and continues to go about its business as smoothly as day one... aboslutely love it! 28 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Too quality as usually from hope Works great on my specialized status with fox 40s. Feels nice and so easy to service/maintain 09 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bellisimo :D perfect for my Troof. smooth 03 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Superb product Bought this headset from CRC to fit in my Cannondale F800SL from 1998. It does fit in those old Cannondales. Feels great... and quality looks great. Ok, it's bit more expensive than FSA or Cane Creek. Only those have higher cups and demand deeper insertion in the headtube, which I did not have in my 1.5" headtube. 02 December 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by I was supprised to find out that my bike a Mongoose Teocali custom was not a 1.1/8 fitting so I ended up with the stepdown version.Is was gutted when the shop I got it fitted at didnt inform me that it only comes in black! I wanted in gold to match rest of my hope stuff (sad I know).Very nice feel to it and can take serious punishment. 08 November 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fitted this to a cannondale hardtail. great headset. 14 July 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marvelous :) Fantastic headset that has put up with some serious abuse, including DH action and still super smooth. The build quality is typical Hope with lovely machined cups and engraved text - it still looks pretty unscathed from 2 years of use. Pretty tight fit initially, but once in it stays put. Its an odd shape, as it sticks out the bottom a fair bit (the bit with Hope written on it in the picture) in contrast to the top which is flat to the frame. I run 7" travel single crown forks so am glad of the clearance this creates and once installed you dont notice it. Overall, really good value for money and no sign of needing to replace it any time soon..... 08 April 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome This was the second step-down headset I bought for my Giant Glory previous purchase was a Pig reducer and because it used a 1.5 in crown race adapter it was difficult to set the forks in position. This headset eliminates that problem the lower cup is machined to be the size of a 1"1/8 and takes standard 1"1/8 bearings voila no difficult setup. Only 1 negative, could come in more colourways to match the remainder of the Hope range! 06 February 2010
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So, I've got a Kona Stinky frame (1.5" headtube) and want to buy some Boxxers for it (1-1/8" steerer).

Do I need to buy a seperate 1-1/8" headset as well as this, or does this do both jobs?!
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This headset will reduce your headtube from 1.5inch to a 1 1/8th that your fork is. So this will work fine.You don't need to buy another headset.
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