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Industry Nine Releases New iRiX Headsets

Mar 1, 2023
by Mike Kazimer  
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Industry Nine has added headsets to their lineup of colorful anodized components. Dubbed iRiX, the name is a mashup of Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and the Roman numeral IX. As for the odd capitalization, I don't know the reasoning behind that. At least they didn't take all the vowels away.

The bearing cups, top covers, and top caps of the new iRiX headsets are machined and anodized in Asheville, North Carolina, and there are a total of 11 colors to choose from, along with options to fit a wide variety of frame designs.

The headsets use Enduro's 440C stainless steel cartridge bearings, which were designed with long-life and corrosion resistance in mind, and there's an additional rubber seal around the top cover and lower split crown race for additional protection against the elements.

iRiX Headset Details

• Cups, top covers and top caps machined in USA from 7075 aluminum
• Split crown race, replaceable dual lip crown race seal
• 440C stainless steel bearings
• 11 color options
• Lifetime warranty
• Prices start at $165 USD
• More info: www.industrynine.com
Riders can mix and match the colors of each part of the headset, making it possible to create all sorts of glorious (or garish) combinations. The headset comes with a lifetime warranty, and prices start at $165 USD.


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189 Comments
  • 206 1
 Will it void my warranty if i drill it for cable routing ?
  • 76 3
 So you're the guy who likes headset cable routing. "Hey every cyclist ever, LET'S GET HIM!"
  • 32 9
 the fact that they are jumping in to the headset market from scratch, and STILL not willing to support headset routing, should, along with every other respected company that doesn't, give anybody buying a bike that has headset routing serious pause.
  • 135 2
 @Rexuis-Twin: I would rather shove all my cables up my arse than down my headset .
  • 165 3
 @rideronthestorm1: If you shove them up your arse they'll come out your headset, it's the same thing really.
  • 19 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: fully guided routing.
  • 15 0
 @rideronthestorm1: me too, where do you live?
  • 11 0
 @rideronthestorm1: I've had one up my arse. Best 20 minute nap of my life.
  • 5 2
 @groghunter: who do you think is going to relent here, the primary manufacturers(bike brands) or a very small secondary component manufacturer?
  • 5 0
 @Mtbdialed: neither?
  • 2 1
 @chaoscacca: well, you're 50% correct. lol
  • 2 0
 @rideronthestorm1: I can only hope you're running axs.
  • 3 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: You'd need some pretty long cables though, quite a few metres all the way round the digestive system...
  • 2 0
 @Dopepedaler: Underrated comment [slow clap]
  • 80 6
 Do these make as much noise as their hubs? If not, not interested!
  • 16 0
 Only when doing tailwhips and barspins.
  • 18 17
 Do they make the bars drag as much as the hubs do when you’re coasting???!
  • 4 0
 @wyorider: tunable headset resistance is the newest Enduro-specific innovation.
  • 2 1
 @wyorider: Yes!! I thought I was the only one. The drag & noise. Neither works for me.
  • 4 0
 I want a noisy ratcheted BB so that I don't have the dreaded silence when pedalling that allows the sound of nature and the voices to creep in.
  • 2 1
 The louder the better.. Quite boring quiet.
  • 1 0
 @L0rdTom: You need a set of Rocksteady Magics
  • 50 2
 Is there any good reason to spend $$$ on a headset outside of colour options? The FSA or Cane Creek that came stock on my bike 3 years ago is still perfect and I haven't touched it.

Or is that like asking whether you should get a BMW even though your 1999 Corolla is the most reliable car ever made?
  • 9 64
flag s100 (Mar 1, 2023 at 11:57) (Below Threshold)
 Yes. I go through cane creeks at least once or twice per season.
  • 37 4
 Couple reasons. Slightly lighter, better QC, tighter tolerances. But it mostly boils down to who you want to support. Both I9 and Cane Creek are USA brands. Both brands have some issues and have their own niche. Cane Creek headsets are a workhorse of a unit and will last forever with proper maintenance. And its rad they worked with Neko on custom stuff for his bike. I9 does similar things with their riders. They're just a smaller operation. I've never dealt with CC customer service but I9 has some of the best customer service I've ever experienced in any industry.

TL;DR better colors sums it up
  • 11 0
 @Jvisscher: so maybe time to try something different, then?
  • 7 0
 @Jvisscher: Just a bearing replacement though right? No reason to change everything out.
  • 30 4
 @BMXJJ327: Wolf tooth are USA made, same type of sealing, identical enduro bearings and around 30% cheaper, the only thing the I9 has is it’s 7075 material and polished finish.

The price for this headset is absolutely ridiculous.
  • 20 1
 I keep swapping out stock headsets for Works Components ones. It's not the colours, sealing, or country of manufacture, it's the -2° off the head angle.
  • 24 2
 My bike has had the same headset for 6 years it has never been touched and it has never had any issues. My prior bike came with a Chris King that lasted 10+ years. In my 30+ years of riding I have suffered 1 headset issue. Unless you screw up installing your fork or leave your bike on the beach for a year I think whatever headset you have will be OK for a long time.
  • 2 0
 @Velocipedestrian: was coming here to say thats why you would spend $$$ on a headset. Even though they're actually pretty cheap for what they are.
  • 3 4
 @Rigidjunkie: I used to go through headsets in the late 90s, which is how I ended up using Chris King headsets and never had to worry about them again. My GG has a non-king headset, but it has held up so far. The only time in the past 20+ years I've used a non-King headset on a bike that would take a King headset was when one came with a Cane Creek 40, and it lasted about a year.
  • 27 1
 @Explodo: what are you doing wrong that a Cane Creek 40 headset is only lasting you 1 year? Do you wash your bike with diesel?
  • 42 0
 @bishopsmike: I take a pressure washer (turned up to 11) with salt water and spray my bike down before and after each ride. I focus on each bearing individually to make sure that it gets super clean. For some reason my headset and bearings only last about a month. Maybe I should give this headset a try?
  • 5 0
 For whatever reason I'm quite hard on headsets. I had been using Cane Creek 40 series and was replacing lower bearings yearly. I've started used the Cane Creek Hellbender headsets and haven't had issues yet, 2 seasons in on one bike and I just pressed one into a new build hoping for similar results.
  • 4 0
 @justanotherusername: pretty sure Wolftooth moved to CW bearings. Subject to check!
  • 11 0
 Cane Creek Hellbender all day over the 40. I think the Hellbender and 110 are more in line with this new offering from I9.
  • 6 3
 I had a 1999 Corolla. The steering pully bearing spun out and I had to cut it off with a Dremel. The thing also went through a quart of oil every 200 miles. I bought a used 2015 manual Impreza to replace it. Definitely feel safer in the Subaru at the very least.
  • 1 0
 @schili: correct
  • 3 0
 @privateer-wheels: Ah ok then - who are CW bearings?
  • 2 0
 colours make it cooler
  • 7 0
 @Jvisscher: Idiot people expect components to last a lifetime but will never drop the fork and remove any dirt accumulated then reassemble with some fresh waterproof grease to prolong its lifespan!
  • 3 1
 3 years and you havent touched it?
like you havent pulled the bearings, cleaned and re-lubed them?

It would be surprising to find that they were still in good condition, as there was never enough grease installed when new, and that grease has dried up by now.
Willing to say theres likely no way they are still in good shape, Calgarys dry, that grease is gone
  • 2 1
 @justanotherusername: they are a bearing factory/manufacturer. You may know them from such products as the SRAM DUB bottom bracket, for instance. They have been working with various component and frame manufacturer recently to optimize their bearings for cycling applications (ie bottom brackets, headsets, frame pivots, etc). Google them, they have a website.

I may be wrong about WolfTooth headsets as they still have Enduro labels on their web images, though someone mentioned to me recently that WolfTooth had been using them for something.
  • 1 0
 @rcrocha: thanks a lot mate. I lol’d and my wife asked what I was doing, followed quickly by “I thought you were working?!?” I don’t think she actually wants to know what I was doing.
  • 3 0
 @BMXJJ327: the reason I like Cane Creek is, cause they are easy to get everywhere, and that code they came up with helps me try to understand which kind of headset I need... otherwise, I am at a loss mostly... plus yes, they last forever...
  • 1 0
 @Jvhowube: ut keep adding the oil. They eat that stuff up faster then gas.
  • 1 3
 @BMXJJ327: I've never understood why people like CC headsets. That flimsy crown race disintegrates quickly
  • 4 0
 @justanotherusername: I find wolf tooth to be way underrated! or maybe just because I havnt paid enough attention to them personally. Their site is a gold mind for well made, well priced killer products
  • 1 0
 If you bought a Scott yes
  • 7 0
 @privateer-wheels: We use Enduro bearings in our headsets. Check complete!
  • 1 0
 @Jules15: @WolfToothComponents oddly enough I did just buy a scott! hahaha My first one! but im really in it for the $200 multi tool combo
  • 1 0
 @WolfToothComponents: Could you guys design and produce a clamp that would allow you to integrate a dropper lever with Hayes Dominion Brakes, that can be used is for the left side? Hayes is neglecting such a mount, just only for the shifter right side.
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: at the risk of striking out twice in the same thread, I seem to recall seeing people mount the WT Magura dropper mount on Hayes Dominion brakes. Again.... subject to chec!

There is a thread over at MTBR on it.

www.mtbr.com/threads/dropper-lever-with-adapter-for-hayes-dominion-brakes.1180115
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: "at the risk of striking out twice in the same thread I seem to recall seeing people mount the WT Magura dropper mount on Hayes Dominion brakes. Again.... subject to chec! " ???
FYI,I know of what you're describing; if you are suggesting any ignorance on my part !

It's a request to WTC- a really cool company, that might be able to help. WTC- products are more easily available than Magura and have better aesthetics and functionality for such a feature that would compliment their dropper lever.
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: yes, I recognize that. Matter of fact I have a load of Wolf Tooth parts myself. But I'm not suggesting ignorance, no. Not in the slightest.

I'm trying to tell you the WolfTooth (WT) Magura adapter actually fits Hayes levers. I'm not telling you to buy Magura brand anything. Read it again. Then perhaps click the link I posted and search for where these guys talk about WolfTooth.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: crap. I just made an order from WolfTooth. Now I have to go buy this separately.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: I see what you're saying now; i did read the link comments though but didn't catch that.

Hayes knows about this issue, having been informed by many costumers, but still cannot deliver. It's just ridiculous!
  • 1 0
 @Jvisscher: lol!
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: No worries. And yes, it's a little strange!
  • 1 0
 @Jheitt142: depending on your climate and which Scott you bought be prepared to replace your headset 3 months to 2 years
  • 1 0
 @Jules15: canada but only ridden in the summer, a genius. they do fine here
  • 1 0
 It’s the Chris King approach with garbage bearings.
  • 2 1
 @Jheitt142: That was the most American answer I've read in a long time.
Like Canada isnt one of the largest countries around, with one of the most diverse national climates...

"Yeah, we went up to Canada to check out igloos and Polar bears...."

I think you meant Edmonton, where theres about as much vertical change as a sheet of paper, and its winter for 10 months of the year, followed by 2 months of shitty sledding

"written using sarcasm font"
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: not as diverse as people think. hot and dry is the story for all but the coasts. not a lot of sustained elevation but you go up and down over and over and over again hahaha. It's all rocks, roots and dust for 4 months straight. Okay it'll downpour randomly a few times but in three days its dust again.
  • 1 0
 @Jheitt142: "hot and dry is the story for all but the coasts" Whaaat? Are you including everything East of Manitoba as "the coasts"?
  • 1 1
 @bishopsmike: no, I'm just a person that doesn't need to get super specific regarding relative humidity differences on the internet. Heck even here in alberta it'll get silly humid for a few weeks each summer. but the over all vibe is hot and dry. which actually worries me, I'm old enough to remember when it wasn't just hot and dry across a 2500KM stretch of the country. but these days Saskatoon may as well be Kamloops without the foot hills in the summer
  • 1 0
 @Jheitt142: I've lived and ridden all over this Country, and I think its incredibly diverse. Sure, theres a stretch of prairies in the middle, but Ontario and Quebec certainly arent dry and dusty,
Neither is the Yukon or NWT. Here in BC, PG to the Okanagan is vastly different, and differnt again from lower mainland, and the Shore.
Sure, the stretch of prairies in the middle might be a bit more homogeneous, but even then, ive ridden Lethbridge, Calgary, Golden, Fernie, and theyre all fairly different
  • 28 0
 About twice the price of Wolf Tooth Premium headsets with the exact same enduro bearings? Cool.
  • 8 0
 Those Wolf Tooth headsets are phenomenal too.
  • 34 10
 At that price, Id still be going Chris King if given the choice.
  • 6 1
 They still using o-rings over split rings? pass
  • 7 0
 @speed10: nah, after two decades of shit talking on the Dia Compe patent, they promptly started using split rings as soon as the patent expired. Lost a lot of respect for them that day but they're far from the only bike company to be fueled by arrogance and ego.
  • 2 0
 @GTscoob: Classic assbag behavior. I never got great support from King, even when I worked as a wrench and called as a dealer. My buddy built wheels for them for a few years and confirmed the culture there to be exactly as I’d expected. It’s good they moved away from the o ring system, but the damage is done. Never will have my business again. Assbags
  • 10 2
 Headset longevity is a function of proper headset install, maintenance, and care and not quality of the product. There are nicer/premium headsets but anything using a cartridge bearing will last a year at least if you maintain it.

If you cannot get a year out of your bearings that's on you and how you are caring for your bike.

Step away from the pressure washer....
  • 3 13
flag knarrr FL (Mar 1, 2023 at 14:10) (Below Threshold)
 That's the exact opposite of my experience. I've installed thousands of headsets, and maintain my own frequently. A long-travel single crown fork and proper terrain puts a ton of stress on the headset, and I frequently destroyed upper bearings until replacing the standard fair black oxide bearings with stainless and better sealing from the headset cover/races.
  • 3 1
 Doesn't it also depend on the stiffness and accuracy of the headtube? I suppose it is a good habit to face the headtube before installing a headset so I trust that's being done. But if there is some (elastic) deformation during use, there is still some misalignment just when the loads are highest and this causes additional wear. Another thing could be those short headtubes. I've got a steel frame, 150mm headtube (ZS40/EC40 Hope headset) and run a 120mm travel fork (with a 26" front wheel so short lowers too). I think my headset has an easy life. Many modern bikes I see here have big front wheels (so long lowers), long travel forks but with a very short headtube. The leverage gives quite a big load on those bearings and if the headtube isn't stiff enough, it causes them to misalign too. Not saying this will always be the case, but I suppose if your headset bearings wear out at an unacceptable rate, you might want to have your headtube checked. It may have ovalized.

As for the washer, if it is causing more harm than good, why would anyone go through the effort of blasting the poor bearings with water and degreaser when they'd better just put it away dirty? I honestly doubt any decent modern headset would get damaged by putting it away dirty.
  • 9 0
 Always cool to have choices but my money goes to CC's Hellbender 70 headset as I find it the best quality for the money. Colors are cool though.
  • 12 3
 Finally! I'll be able to color match and have matching cracks on my hub axle and headset.
  • 7 1
 Cool cool cool but where are all the ZS56/ZS56 headsets? This 1.5” head tube thing has so many possibilities and there is basically just Works Components and…?
  • 3 0
 Crane creek has options
  • 2 0
 @bulletbassman: option... one option. But at least it's good. Much better than the FSA my spire came with that creaked.
  • 1 1
 Exactly i got a 1° for 50 bucks from works, and it eventually creaks as any other headset. Dont see the reason to pay 160 for 0° with the same shitty bearings...
  • 1 0
 @mtb-thetown: between the headset and the crown my spire is a bit scary from
The noise sometimes!!! Probably doesn’t help I’m riding with a bunch of spacers under the stem.
  • 1 0
 @mtb-thetown: Maybe if you ask me really nice they’ll make a reach adjust set for ya like they did for Neko.
  • 2 0
 @bulletbassman: I got a new csu on my 38 and the cane creek headset and it's finally quiet
  • 3 0
 Stainless bearings for a headset are a mixed bag really. yes, they are more corrosion resistant, but Ss is much softer than high carbon steel, and thus in DH or Enduro applications, can and do get indexed pretty easily from the heavy vertical loads put on them. the best solution is a standard steel high quality bearing, and have very robust inner and outer seals, double preferably, top and bottom.
  • 5 0
 Do we know how many POE there are? Seems to be missing from the article.
  • 2 2
 If there are any points of engagement in a headset something has gone terribly wrong.
  • 6 0
 Yuck enduro bearings....
  • 3 0
 Say it again!
  • 2 1
 I like the idea of having both a stem, headset and spacers all from the same company because you know they were all fit together harmoniously. cheaper than Chris King, and shit and finish may be a little better than Wolftooth? Thats up for debate, but super happy they came out with a headset. Finally! It definitely was a product missing from their shelves.
  • 1 0
 Apparently "hand" is the name of their machine, so they can say "handmade." I work for a company who makes a product in the US, and all but about 10% of the product comes from the US, and all parts are formed and made here, and we had always said "made in the USA." Someone sued us since some of the product came from foreign sources, even though it is just raw material that we turn into what we need. So now we say on the boxed, "assembled in the US," even though everything is made here, but about 10% of the material is from a foreign source (Austria, not China like you would expect).
  • 1 0
 Wow asking $110.00 for a crown race, dust cap and stem cap is pretty crazy. The enduro bearings are around mid 50.00’s for top and bottom so even if i9 are paying full retail on the bearings (which I doubt they are) that leaves 110.00 for for drop in headset which is a couple minor pieces of machining and not doing anything extra special, plus a split ring crown race no thanks. I guess if you really have to match your i9 stem color but otherwise that’s crazy.
  • 11 7
 Love I9. But is it really handmade if a machine made it?
  • 5 0
 Hands made the machine
  • 8 2
 found the non-machinist
  • 1 0
 @BMXJJ327: Hands assembled the machine maybe, that’s about it.
  • 11 0
 You're the guy at the restaurant that points at the "Homemade" sign and asks if any of the cooks lives here.
  • 1 0
 Where does it say hand made?
  • 1 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: On the label in the picture
  • 9 0
 A guy in Asheville, NC places a chunk of metal in the machine, steps back and pushes a button. Handmade in Asheville, NC.
  • 3 0
 @boopiejones: That “guy” is a headset artisan.
  • 2 0
 @roxtar: fair enough. Yeah that's a bold claim. Hand programmed on the cnc?
  • 7 0
 Some interesting info in the link below. Based on the legal definition, specifically the part about the maker being able to manually control the shape of each individual product, I doubt this headset qualifies as handmade.

“23.2 Misuse of the terms “handmade,” “hand-polished,” etc.
(a) It is unfair or deceptive to represent, directly or by implication, that any industry product is handmade or hand-wrought unless the entire shaping and forming of such product from raw materials and its finishing and decoration were accomplished by hand labor and manually-controlled methods which permit the maker to control and vary the construction, shape, design, and finish of each part of each individual product.“

www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/16/23.2
  • 2 0
 @boopiejones: Even if by some legal definition it it can technically be described as handmade, it absolutely isn’t in any reality.

I can only imagine that a hand polish is being used to give it the label.
  • 1 0
 made by a handyman
  • 1 0
 @AndrewFleming: Anyone eating at a restaurant that has that sign is stupid.

Funny the level of deceptiveness that’s allowed in the US to stimulate muh economy though along with the amount of people okay with it.
  • 1 0
 @boopiejones: While another guy/gal in Asheville, NC designs the product, another guy/gal in Asheville, NC writes the code for the machine, and another guy/gal in NC anodizes the parts, and another guy/gal puts them in a box and ships them. You get what I'm saying? A lot of local guys/gals made your headset... very cool, hardworking, local guys and gals getting paid a living wage in very expensive city where the main industry is tourism.
  • 2 0
 @Lokirides: don’t get me wrong, I think it’s really cool that they elected to hire people in Asheville vs china. I’m just questioning the “handmade” label.

As a side note, years ago I was talking to a guy that started his own slot car company. Production was in China and he was constantly having to fly over there, set up a race track on the factory floor, and show the workers exactly what the end goal was - why care needs to be taken when installing the axles, wheels and body, etc. without those occasional visits, quality control was horrendous. I’m sure there is a benefit to having a MTB product made by locals who are likely MTB riders themselves, even if most of the work just involves placing an ingot in a machine and pushing a button.
  • 1 0
 @boopiejones: Ever hear of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show?
Pretty sure none of these are built by hammering pieces of metal with rocks and sticks.

My God, people, this is stupid even by PB standards. I'm pretty sure the primary point of the label is the second part; "In Asheville, NC" to show it's made in the US, not China.
  • 1 0
 @roxtar: Agree, it is stupid. We are arguing about semantics. Let's go ride our bikes.
  • 5 0
 Who pays 165 for this?
  • 4 0
 I hope that rasta headset combo is an ode to the OG rasta king headset
  • 4 1
 I have to say they use trash bearings in their torch stuff. Hopefully this is better. Also why would I buy this over hope?
  • 2 0
 Torch? They've been on Hydra for like... 5 years now. Bearing life is great on my wheelsets with a couple thousand very hard Pisgah miles on my race bike and no need to refresh. Regrease ratchet from time to time but otherwise that's it.
  • 1 0
 What's ironic about the headset cable meme is that back in the day, we used to C-notch the star nut and headset cap on DJ's if we wanted to run a front disc and still throw bars and whips. ‍♂️
  • 5 0
 …Which meant the bearings were still fully sealed and it affected nothing. But that’s not what’s happening here in 2023.
  • 3 0
 They should make them with 690 points of engagement for sick sounding bar spins
  • 1 0
 For this price industry nine could make the effort and use top quality bearings from a real manufacturer like SKF or Timken and push it further buy using Ti bolt. Make a long lasting product for real.
  • 10 7
 No weight or POE listed - hard pass
  • 2 0
 Anybody who is upset at the price needs to remember EVERYTHING at a certain point is Jewelry.
  • 2 0
 Got me thinking about why all headsets are not supplied with a split crown race? Wrenching would be so much easier.
  • 2 0
 BMX does and it’s awesome. Wish mountain bikes used it too.
  • 1 0
 Stupid price. Never had a headset fail on me. Lifetime warranty is pointless and not worth an extra $100.
  • 2 0
 @pinkbert: not much rain in Santa Cruz eh?
  • 2 1
 @therealnobody: How should I know?
  • 3 0
 My favorite color is ham
  • 1 0
 Ponyo??
  • 5 7
 Moar I9 marketing. I have no idea how I9 have elevated themselves as a premium product. Im a sucker as well and got hooked via their colours, quick engagement and being oem on ibis wheels originally. But I’ve woken up. Their engineering is nothing special. Their hubs are basic. Their engagement is great on hydra but can be matched in feel with an upgraded DT swiss ratchet. Their bearings and sealing is absolute rubbish and bearings fail within 6-12 months. Definitely NOT worth the money at all. Don’t fall for the hype
  • 2 0
 USA made....yeah. They take care of their customers. They pick up the phone. That's why for most of us, and COLORs, because who doesn't want the option in an upgrade to look better. LOL
  • 1 1
 So why not shed some light on you own engineering greatness? From the intelligence of your comment, I can only assume you must work as an engineer for a company that manufactures toothpicks.
  • 1 0
 @Chuch: ha ha, the colours. Like bees to a honeypot we are. People don’t like it when you criticise the cool guy as they are wannabes too, but ive owned and still own a a few sets of i9 having a friend as a distributor and will not buy again. They need to increase bearing sizes and improve seals before I return.
  • 1 0
 How loud are these? bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • 2 1
 How does this compare with the self proclaimed standard Chris King?
  • 9 2
 Close to CK price without CK bearings. Don't think so.
  • 2 1
 If they aren't going to make the bearings to as high a standard as CK then how are they comparable at all?
  • 3 1
 @kokofosho: If the lifetime warranty includes the bearings, I'm not sure that it matters.
  • 2 0
 They are enduro bearings - same as Wolf Tooth and Hope use.
  • 3 0
 Cane Creek 110 headsets come with a lifetime guarantee which covers the bearings too.
  • 3 1
 MMM That rasta set..
  • 2 0
 Are you a Haile Selassie disciple?
  • 2 0
 Ah so you’re the guy buying that Spank stem, figured there must be somebody somewhere it was for
  • 3 1
 Booo no top ZS56
  • 1 0
 Bar spin sound check please.
  • 1 0
 I’m always a sucker for I9 stuff. Have my 26 wheels hanging in the wall
  • 4 3
 Its east coast chris king knock offs all day. Cry about it I9 bois. Cry.
  • 1 0
 Silicon Graphics: am i dead to you
  • 1 0
 Nobody:
I9: Look guys, more long lasting expensive headsets!
  • 4 4
 Split crown race? No thanks!
  • 4 0
 Genuine question, why not? I split the ones I have that aren’t and hate non split types.
  • 6 2
 @justanotherusername: They let a ton of dirt in. Very evident when you've used both in similar conditions.
  • 5 1
 @plustiresaintdead: I've used both in the worst conditions possible, and they're about equal if you get a good one with actual seals on it (like a hope one).
  • 3 0
 @plustiresaintdead: If the seals are equal in design this wouldn’t be the case - the base of the race fits tightly to the fork crown so it’s down to the seal quality then.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: Interesting. I have only used headsets with seals on the crown race, a split seal in the crown race would obviously let dirt in. I guess there is another design that has a seal on the lower bearing.
  • 2 2
 @justanotherusername: it's an excellent source of noise and also the aforementioned sealing issue
  • 4 0
 @therealmancub: is this experience or hearsay? Hope headsets work pretty well in my experience.
  • 1 0
 @plustiresaintdead: hopes are a seal on the crown race, but it isnt split, only the metal is, the slight bit of stretch from a rubber seal is enough give to eliminate the use of a crown race remover.
  • 2 0
 I thought the same but Works Components angleset has one i recently installed, No issues yet fingers crossed.
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 I love the split crown race on Works Headsets. Super easy to remove (and yes I actually swap forks every now and then). If it's just a cartridge bearing sitting on it, who cares. No more dirt or corrosion than normal, for me. I pack it with grease like normal.
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 @justanotherusername: Hearsay for sure. A split crown race has maybe a 1mm gap. Assuming the person installing it has any sense they will use grease when installing the bearing which is tapered to fit the taper on the race. The combination of grease and tapered fit will eliminate and dirt getting in and any chance of creaking.
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 Headset News...
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 split crown race are prone of creaking noise...so they may want a headset as loud of there hubs ! XD
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 Is that "rubber seal" just an o-ring?
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 What exactly do you think an o-ring is?
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