I fully agree that the A9 is a thoroughly decent good value headset, but this one's past its best for certain. By 'fugly' I was referring to the huge stack of mis-shapen spacers and obvious damage. Nothing can be done with this one, but replace.
I'm looking for a nice replacement and have pretty much settled on NOS Campag. I guess that a Merckx of this era would use a British threaded HS and not Italian? BB is Italian but that might not mean anything as far as the HS is concerned.
David B wrote:
As well as being fugly the headset is loose and the flats are a bit mangled so it's had its day.
Personally I think the A9's a good, neat, value-for-money headset but this one doesn't seem to have been looked after all that well, and the huge stack of spacers/washers looks peculiar. If you want to stick with roller rather than ball bearings, the Miche Primato headset (looks vaguely like the old Mavic 305) might be a good bet?