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Chris King InSet 2 Headset
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Your inner sanctum.

Chris King headsets have been the industry benchmark for 35 years -- ever since the company created the first sealed bearing headset in 1976. This InSet 2 Headset is built upon that tradition, though it has different dimensions and style to fit current frame specs. It's designed for bike frames that require a tapered, semi-integrated (zero stack) headset.

We're not sure why it took Chris King so long to begin manufacture of their InSet. When we bought our first bike frames that required semi-integrated headsets, we wanted Chris King quality, even if the always luscious polished and anodized parts were going to be mostly obscured by the headtube of the frame. They're available in all configurations now, and the good news is that the InSet headset is like all other King headsets -- it will probably last longer than the frame you'll install it in. From the saddle, you'll get a view of that coveted logo on the top bearing assembly and steerer cap to remind you of your inspired purchase.

All parts of the InSet 2 Headset are machined in-house in Chris King's Portland facility, from the aluminum cups to the stainless steel sealed cartridge bearings. The bearings are pressed into alloy cups that are then pressed into the headtube. The difference between an InSet headset like this one and NoThreadset is that, here, the bearings are housed inside the headtube. The InSet 2 offers the same quality and precision that you've always expected from King parts, and the upper bearing cover uses their new GripLock compression ring assembly.

The Chris King InSet 2 Headset will mate a tapered fork steerer to a bike with a headtube having a 44mm ID top and 56mm ID bottom dimensions. You can also use a straight 1-1/8" fork if you use a 1.5 Devo baseplate (sold separately). 

  • Tapered, semi-integrated (zero stack) headset
  • Aluminum cups and caps
  • Stainless steel bearings
  • GripLock compression ring assembly
  • Compatible with tapered 1 1/2-to-1 1/8-inch steerer tubes and straight 1 1/8-inch steerer tubes
  • Compatible with tapered head tubes with a 44-millimeter upper internal diameter and a 56-millimeter lower internal diameter

Tech Specs

(cups and caps) aluminum, (bearings) stainless steel
Recommended Use:
smooth turns, headtubes designed for internal headsets
Manufacturer Warranty:
10 years

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Best there is

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chris King leaves all other bearing components in the dust. This headset is the best there is. From XC to Freeride, there's nothing with King's longevity. Always rebuildable if you neglect it too long. Ultra-smooth for years. I've been building my custom bikes with King products for years because I know I can count on them to last and out perform all others out there.

the king

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chris King that is. He knows what he is doing. Worth the money every time.

Chris King InSet 2 Headset

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best headset. This will not be a purchase you will ragret.

USA Made Quality/Performance

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works great, looks great, easy to install, made in the USA. What more could you want?

Chris King Inset 2

    This headset works perfectly with my new Pivot 429 build. Wanted to build a solid bike and this headset is top notch.

    Only the King for Mach 6

      After a little debate I decided to go with this InSet 2 Headset over Cane Creek on my new Pivot Mach 6. Why build a Boost enduro machine and skimp on the components? I have only ever had one bike with a Chris King Headset and am still kicking myself for selling it. But the King is back and here to stay. Best componentry out there and assembled in the USA.

      Big thanks to Joe Bolton in our Retail Store Bike Shop for getting my new Mach 6 put together. If you are ever in Salt Lake City definitely stop by our Retail Store to check out their bike selection and visit Joe (2607 S 3200 W, Suite A, West Valley UT 84119). Contact me with any questions about this headset, especially if you are interested in custom building a new mountain bike.

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

      Frame - Pivot Mach 6, Large Stealth Black/Green

      Headset - Chris King InSet 2 Headset, Black

      Only the King for Mach 6

      Does this fit the 2012 Trek Superfly Al Elite?

      Hey Ruben G,

      This will fit your 2012 Trek Superfly Al Elite. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me directly:


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      It's a Chris King. Nothing else to say!

      As long as headset standards don't change, this should last me through several bikes!

      The Best of The Best

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Chris King makes the only headset I'll run on any bike I own. Why? Because they machine, polish and hand assemble everything in their Portland facility for quality, availability and product control. Everything they make, they guarantee and their raw materials are sourced from US mills to guarantee the best processes available.

      Not only are they US made, but Chris King's InSet headsets are some of the smoothest, strongest headsets available. You won't hear them clicking, popping, stuttering or pulling after a few months, because Chris King headsets are designed to last for the lifetime of the bike... And longer. The InSet 2 was designed for low-stack quality in bikes with tapered pairings.

      Do yourself a favor and make the investment in your bike that a Chris King headset is.

      The Best of The Best
      Avg. ride time: 4m per week
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      Ive had a few

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      A headset that will last longer then your bike.
      Why spend a bunch of money on a new bike and put a cheap headset in the thing. I have never had an issue with king headsets and will always use them in the future.

      Does this include the 1.5" base plate?

      does this fit with the 2013 yeti sb66 carbon frame?


      Yes, it should fit but just in case measure the inside diameter of both the top lower openings of the headtube. The top inside diameter should measure 44mm and the lower inside diameter should measure 56mm (I had a 2014 Yeti SB66c with this headset).

      Yes, it should fit but just in case measure the inside diameter of both the top lower openings of the headtube. The top inside diameter should measure 44mm and the lower inside diameter should measure 56mm (I had a 2014 Yeti SB66c with this headset).

      Will this fit a Felt FC frame?

      Will this fit a Felt FC frame?

      Hi Dirk,

      The headset you need for the Felt FC is a integrated headset.

      The Chris King will not work for your frame.

      Is this headset compatible with the Litespeed...

      Is this headset compatible with the Litespeed L3 2013? Thanks

      Best Answer

      According to Cane creek this is the one you need.