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Chris King NoThreadSet

Chris King

Chris King NoThreadSet™ Headset

  • Since 1976 Chris King has been supplying cyclists with the best made, most reliable headsets you can buy
  • Regard as the finest headset in the world by many
  • For use with threadless steering systems
  • Recommended use: cycling, mountain biking
  • Adjusts with one 5mm hex wrench
  • Fabricated in Chris King's manufacturing facility – first in Santa Barbara, CA, then in Shasta Lake, CA, and now in Portland, OR
  • Manufactured to exacting standards, using quality-at-the-source methods to minimize waste
  • The bearings are at the heart of the headset's success
  • Sealed (not shielded) cartridge style bearings - made in-house and hand-checked
  • Renowned surgical-grade stainless steel sealed bearings
  • Unique, serviceable, cartridge bearings - outlast other bearings
  • Cartridge bearings provide easy access for cleaning and regreasing
  • 'Unparalleled in performance and durability' - '97 catalog
  • CNC-machined 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum cups, bearing cap, and stemcap
  • Stainless steel baseplate (crown race)
  • Custom Chris King starnut with bolt
  • Six anodized colors in 1995: silver, black 3-D violet (later called 'purple'), turquoise, red, green
  • By 1997, gold was available, as well as the DreadSet™ color
  • By late-2000, blue and pewter were available
  • Now (as of April 2014), ten colors are available - Was brown, pink, or mango the 10th color?
  • Now available with either a traditional bright silver King logo or a Sotto Voce style King logo
  • Personalized color combinations - 6,561 variations
  • The DreadSet (green, yellow, red, black - from cap to bottom cup) and Patriot designs are popular choices
  • Visit your favorite Chris King retailer to create your very own special-build King headset
  • Country flags, team colors, school colors, etc. are also popular color ideas
  • Upper and lower cups are laser etched with KING logo
  • 'Unmarked headsets also available upon request'- '97 catalog
  • Three standard sizes (1", 1-1/8" and 1-1/4")
  • 1" and 1-1/8" NoThreadSet™ are also available in 6AL-4V titanium
  • Component names: A. stem cap screw, B. stem cap, C. star nut, D. scuff washer, E. GripLock assembly, F. GripLock cap, G. cap O-ring, H. split ring, I. bearing ring, J. bearing ring O-ring, K. upper bearing cup assembly, L. lower bearing cup assembly, M. baseplate
  • The GripLock assembly comes pre-assembled
  • star nut should be 15mm below the top of the steerer tube
  • Only domestically produced metals, such as metal barstock, are used
  • Warranty: free from defects in materials or workmanship for a period of 10 years from the original date of purchase - does not cover abuse, crash damage, or damage as a result of use other than the product was intended
  • Made in the U.S.A

Chris King Precision Components
2801 NW Nela Street
Portland, Oregon 97210

Sotto Voice?

  • Pronounced sot-toh voh-che
  • An Italian term used in music to denote a dramatic lowering of the tone
  • It literally means “under voice” but can be translated as “soft voice”
  • Sotto Voice style King logo available in all ten available colors
  • subtle logo style created to better complement a quality bicycle

Review -- "King of Headset Hill"

"When you've got a product that is as good as Chris King's NoThreadset you don't have to make changes to it very often, but that doesn't excuse it from upgrades when they might make it a better headset. So this NoThreadset 1-1/8" Headset w/ GripLock is better than ever before. You might be asking, "how is this possible?" We've stated before that Chris King makes the best headsets on the planet. Well, competition breeds innovation and change, and GripLock is the result.

On the top, Chris King's GripLock upper bearing cap uses a new compression design. This assembly replaces the older style, one-piece bearing cap that contained the O-ring. Instead, GripLock uses a split compression ring to center the steerer tube in the upper bearing, and when you preload the assembly, the split ring provides additional surface area against the steerer for a more secure and safer interface, especially on carbon fiber steerer tubes. Otherwise this is exactly the same Chris King 1-1/8" NoThreadset that you know and love. It still uses the same in-house manufactured sealed cartridge bearings. They’re fully serviceable, and they’re made from surgical grade stainless steel. The constant contact seals you get on a King are easily removed to allow for user servicing, yet provide an impervious barrier to the worst grit and grime of riding.

The Chris King NoThreadset 1-1/8" Headset w/ GripLock is available in a variety of highly polished and anodized colors. It fits frames with a 1-1/8" (34mm ID) straight head tube and forks with a 1-1/8" straight steerer tubes. Chris King Headsets have a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects" (Source: Chris King?).

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Submitted by pharv85 (View all 557 posts)

  • Posted 2014-04-11 12:05am
  • Updated 2014-07-01 1:09pm