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Chris KingInset 7 Headset

$158.95 - $169.95

Item # CKG0037

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  • Matte Jet, Tapered Inset ($158.95)
  • Matte Slate, Tapered Inset ($158.95)
  • Matte Turquoise, Tapered Inset ($169.95)
  • Bold Black, Tapered Inset ($169.95)
  • Navy, Tapered Inset ($169.95)
  • Red, Tapered Inset ($169.95)
  • Silver, Tapered Inset ($169.95)
  • Matte Punch, Tapered Inset ($158.95)
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Item # CKG0037

The last headset you may ever buy.

Your fancy new carbon frame has a massive headtube to quell chatter so you better make sure you installed a Chris King Inset 7 Headset to ensure your steering is as smooth as your freshly-shaved legs. Designed to provide seamless integration between your stem, headtube and fork, the Inset 7 isn't just an addition to any high-end machine—it's an upgrade.

  • Low-stack height minimizes weight and provides a clean look
  • Completely serviceable angular contact bearings means the Inset 7 will outlive your next three carbon frames
  • Stainless steel sealed bearings keep grime and dirt out, while providing buttery-smooth operation
  • Upper cup:44mm InSet; Lower cup:44mm External
  • Compatible with tapered 1-1/8in to 1.5 inch steerer tubes
  • Designed for 44mm head tubes with tapered forks
  • Spins on King’s proprietary bearings
  • Includes headset cups, bearings, crown race, griplock, and top cap
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
(baseplate) stainless steel, (bearings) stainless steel, (cups) aluminum
Recommended Use
steering oversized headtubes
Manufacturer Warranty
10 years

Actual Weight

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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Matte Jet, Tapered Inset
Matte Slate, Tapered Inset
Matte Turquoise, Tapered Inset
Bold Black, Tapered Inset
Navy, Tapered Inset
Red, Tapered Inset
Silver, Tapered Inset
Matte Punch, Tapered Inset

Claimed Weight

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150 g

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much I can say to improve upon the previous reviews. If you're building a bike from the ground up, save your self some hassle down the road and start with the best.

Anodizing is perfectly done as well - add some flash to your ride and avoid being just another black bike.


Buy it for life!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Incredible bearing life. Chris King is truly a headset that will last the lifetime of your bike. Worth the money to invest.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You pay a premium, but I don't think you can go wrong with anything Chris King makes.

Smooth Turns

This thing kicks major A at keeping my forks connected to my frame! (note: that nut on top is actually a retro-looking spacer.)

Smooth Turns

Precision Fit

Chris King Inset 7 installed in a 44mm headtube. You won't go wrong with a King Headset!

Precision Fit

It will Outlast Your Frame

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Installation was easy on the 44mm headtube of my hardtail. After installing and an easy adjustment it has not required any other service or maintenance. King headsets are built to last a long time and will outlast your frame. The bonus is that you can put it on your next bike, the one after that, and the one after that and it will still work like the day you purchased it.

It will Outlast Your Frame

The Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

CK headsets are where it's at. Over the years I've strayed from them, most recently was for a Cane Creek 110 (super awesome by the way, same price range too) but I keep coming back to CK. It may have to do with all the color options they offer... Anyhow, it sure is a ton of coin to drop on a headset, but they work flawlessly.

Tech notes: I almost went with the Inset 1 since my current fork is a non-tapered 1 1/8, but then I got to thinking, most forks these days are going the tapered route. I plan on upgrading in the future. Keep that in mind when ordering.


I decided to future proof this build by getting the Inset 7 so I could run 1.5's in the future. Hopefully not that distant of a future!


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Great pics Scott!

Will this model fit a Specialized Epic...

Will this model fit a Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 2013? Don't want to buy unless certain of fit.

Doesn't look like it. Specialized says on their website that the headset on the Epic Comp Carbon is 1-1/2", which is only 38mm. So I think this one would be too small. Keep in mind though, there's an unconditional return policy so you could order it and try it out, and then it if doesn't work just send it back. No harm done.