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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:58 pm 
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I only ask as i cant see any issue really apart from purist/cosmetic for using a bottom race of one headset with a top race of another?

No? yes? No?

Please do tell... :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:17 pm 
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Nope!!!
do it do it


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:10 am 
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Read some review yonks ago BITD which recommended it... Was a review of loads of diff headsets. Each one had strengths and weaknesses - bearings, seals, surfaces etc. End result suggested using a mavic (315 / 316 bleerah) top with something else like a (eg. TNT) bottom half. Idea being that the bottom had better seals or whatever and the top had better locking setup or build quality or something. Anyway, whatever. Yep thinks its fine. Don't be mixin' sizes though...!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:09 am 
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No problems with it... it's great.

On my explosif I have a Kona Control Centre top so I can adjust it by hand, with an FSA Extreme Pro bottom which is cartridge and well sealed (the Kona bottom is rubbish with a big boot that holds the water in and rusts the bearings).

I have no problems with it... but my bikes are not built to look good :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:39 am 
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I think it is fine too. Ideal headset would be a stronglight X15 bottom (needle roller bearings) and a Mavic 316 top for light weight and ease of adjustment. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:13 am 
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bmx-ers have been doing it for years. king lower with gyro upper.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:27 pm 
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Go for it, I have run several bikes this way over the years, in fact the 'dale currently has a no-name tiawanese lower race and a Shimano STX on the top, no problems.


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