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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:25 pm 
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Hey guys.

OK so I am about ready to start to build this banana now it's had a fresh lick of paint, so now the first thing I want to buy is a new headset.

Can someone tell me what my options are when it comes to headsets? As I do not know what types are available to me for this frame.

What was on the bike was this chrome thing with loose bearings and I would like to install one with cartridge bearings.

Is it called a 1" threadless headset? And will any fit? And does my chosen bars n stem have any impact on what headset I buy now as I think I may want a normal set of bars on this and a normal stem.

As you can see, I am clueless :lol: :oops: oh and I think I would prefer a black one.

I wouldn't be able to build this bike without your advice *bows*.

Thanks in advance :D


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Dial compe or Tange Levin in black, I am a fan of Tange headsets :). You need to Google stack height to check the sizes are the same. :)


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:10 pm 
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Thanks for that Midlife :)

OK I have been looking, can you confirm if either of these headsets will fit and the converter too? If so I'll dust off the old credit card lol.

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/headsets/bl ... d-headset/

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/headsets/ta ... et-silver/

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/stems/profi ... hreadless/


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:40 pm 
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Quote:
can you confirm

Not until you measure the stack-height of your frame/forks.


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:40 pm 
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Im sure it should have a 1" threaded headset. Have a check of the old one then measure the stack height.

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mech ... eight.html

If you want something fancy and not bog standard ball bearing I think the Stronglight A9 has sealed or roller bearings...


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:44 pm 
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Cheers guys I'll get on that tomorrow and see what my old headset is and let you know.

One step closer to banana glory :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:04 am 
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First thing to check is that it has a normal threading on the steerer and not the proprietary Raleigh one. Older lower-end Raleighs had this unique thread - the only source of spares is another old Raleigh from the dump.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:00 pm 
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AFAIK by the time the Banana arrived Raleigh had droped the 26tpi headset?


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:19 pm 
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I couldn't remember when the move away to standard threads occurred compared to the Banana.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:23 pm 
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Evening chaps.

OK this is the headset that came on the bike, it appears to be 58mm.

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I was going to ask if it was possible to just install a normal stem onto the steerer but having just put the forks in the frame I can see that I only have about 2inch of steerer poking through so not enough room, so I am going to have to go with this quill business and an adapter, but before I can do that, I require the lightest threaded headset that will fit giving my old headset as a clue as to what my options are lol :shock:


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