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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:16 pm 
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Does anybody have any good or bad reports about the Crank Bros headsets?
I need a new headset and they are heavily discounted on CRC at the mo.
Just wondered if they were heavily discounted because they are poop!! :D


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:17 pm 
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Yep, I bought one from CRC and it is very good quality. Impressed with the satin finish and it is silky smooth turning. Can't advise on durability or longevity, but it looks pretty well made with an o-ring seal on the bottom to keep the crud out. The version I opted for is nice and light too.

Fitted it here:
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... ?p=1517750

Hope this helps with the decision :)
Rae


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:10 pm 
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Grannygrinder wrote:
Does anybody have any good or bad reports about the Crank Bros headsets?
I need a new headset and they are heavily discounted on CRC at the mo.
Just wondered if they were heavily discounted because they are poop!! :D


You guessed it. Some go rusty really quickly. They have developed a somewhat shabby reputation that will be hard to shake off.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:27 pm 
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Noted :wink:

Hope purchased :D


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 9:23 am 
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The thing they have in their favour is their very low stack height - suppose they remove all the seals to manage this.... ah. Handy if you've got a short steerer though.


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 4:22 pm 
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I bought one purely for it's low stack height... I was not impressed. I do like the look of other CB stuff though, including their quaint tech video how-tos


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 8:14 am 
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They achieve the low stack height by using small diameter ball-bearings...

...then people fit them to DH/Jump-style bikes and wonder why they don't last! :roll:

I fitted one to my Y2K Explosif so I could use the fork I had which alloy steerer was borderline too short and it's fine; but I prefer single track anyway :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 1:12 pm 
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I have a Crank bros iodine on my rigid 29er that I have abused for two years now. Rain ,snow ,mud and I have not had any problems other than the rubber o-ring designed to keep dirt out has broken in half. It still spins smooth and for the price I think it was well worth it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:21 pm 
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We_are_Stevo talks sense, im guessing thats the reason why the get branded with the bad stick.

All makes sense now!


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:34 pm 
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I only did fairly light XC with mine, it went a bit rusty and kept coming loose :o


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