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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:49 pm 
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The bend is a result of the CEN standards, what it prevents/protects against I'm unsure. 26er might be different. The head tube looks like it is becoming the norm, seen loads of bikes coming with it now, I'm not a fan myself.


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so what is the benefit of the larger diameter headset at the bottom? More surface area for crud to get in and shorten the life of the headset?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:59 pm 
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lower bearing takes more impact stress than the top bearing i presume. But as I have only needed to use 2 headsets in the last 20 years you could be right.


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I get the concept of the headset... but is it really necessary? my 1st bike with a 1in hs, i went through maybe 3 sets of bearings, other than that for 6 bikes used in that time (20 years, have replaced 1 headset...

Din't Specialised invent the tapered HS, so that peopel would have to use their proprietary fork? I guess its a good thing for the bike industry, you can't use a fork you already own...

I see the current zaskar uses the same headtube...


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most new bikes are going for tapered steerers. even road bikes. it also gives a bigger surface area to connect the down tube into. result, stiffer front end on the frame, which is a good thing


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More bearings/bigger area spreads the load better.
I think a headset is the only bike part I've never broken. Now everything has suspension forks it's even less likely to get broken!
I always wonder why people will pay £100 for a CK!


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because they are smooth as butter and should last a lifetime :wink:


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For my shop, I have buy four 29 GT TI 2012 :
- 2 size M
- 2 size L
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Any chance you could post the dimensions Brusque (when you get them) I'm especially interested in the medium.


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Rampage wrote:
I always wonder why people will pay £100 for a CK!


Maybe because it runs great despite years of abuse and holds its value pretty well. :?


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