CLASSIC CORNER: Headsets
Classic Corner is for pre-1970 parts and accessories.
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There was also another variant: the top race was screwed but instead of push races they used the same races as the headclips which dropped into the head lugs. Like the headclip sets these almost always used 1/8in ball bearings. These have a very shallow stack height of about 20mm.
Tandem headclip headsets have several different standards set around 1 1/8in steerer tubes but with different lugs; generally they are not interchangeable between makes.
We check the headsets we sell very carefully for pitting or brinelling. All headsets we sell are free of pitting or brinelling unless it is stated otherwise in the description.
I offer some modern headsets with shallow stack heights which can be used on older frames with 26.4mm crown race diameter. I include a couple of suggestions at the bottom of this page.
Headsets are one of the most difficult parts to fit correctly in part because special tools are often needed. We offer a fitting service for £15.
PLEASE NOTE that you get exactly what is in the pictures, not more or less unless specified differently in the text.
HEADCLIP TYPE HEADSETS
CHS6 CHATER-LEA TANDEM HEADSET 1920s for 1 1/8in steerer complete with all races and crown race will only fit tandem frames made for Chater Lea headclips really very unusual £75
CHS7 UNBRANDED HEADCLIP for 31/32in STEERER ** New Old Stock** rare size £35 I can supply insert and crown race to match at additional cost
CHS10A BRAMPTON CONTINENTAL HEADSET 1in 26.4mm crown race 30.2mm insert race diameter None-original lower races Excellent bearing surfaces £55
CHS25 STRONGLIGHT V4 1950s/60s 1in 27.0mm crown race 30.2mm insert race diameter 38mm Stack height English threads. V-shaped races with two points of contact on each ball bearing – as a result these are very long lasting but need precise fitting. Excellent but slightly indifferent chrome £69
CHS37 TDC 1in 27.0mm crown race 30mm insert race diameter Excellent £55
CHS37A TDC 1in 27.0mm crown race 30.2mm insert race diameter Excellent £55
CHS38 TDC 1in 27.0mm crown race 30mm insert race diameter PLEASE NOTE 38mm Stack height V-Shape races like Stronglight V4. V-shaped races with two points of contact on each ball bearing – as a result these are very long lasting but need precise fitting. Excellent £65
OTHER MAKES HEADSET
CHS51 NO-NAME 1in 27.0mm crown race 30.2mm insert race diameter 35mm Stack height ** New Old Stock** £65
CHS52 TA PROFESSIONAL 1in 27.0mm crown race 30.2mm insert race diameter 35mm Stack height A rare headset Excellent £145
HSF3 CAMPAGNOLO GRAN SPORT HEADSET 2nd TYPE c1959 ** New Old Stock** incredibly rare… £225
HS15 TANGE LEVIN 34mm stack height excellent quality traditional looking headset with low stack height 26.4mm crown race diameter with 30.2mm insert race diameter Ideal for use on older British frames though will need crown race seat milling ** New Old Stock** £19
North America: £10
Rest of World: £12
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