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Chris KingNoThreadset Headset - 1 1/8in


Item # CKG0018

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  • Matte Jet, 1-1/8in ($153.95)
  • Matte Slate, 1-1/8in ($153.95)
  • Sotto Voce Black, 1-1/8in ($153.95)
  • Sotto Voce Navy, 1-1/8in ($153.95)
  • Sotto Voce Red, 1-1/8in ($153.95)
  • Sotto Voce Silver, 1-1/8in ($153.95)
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Item # CKG0018

NoThreadset Headset

When you've got a product that is as good as Chris King's NoThreadset you don't have to make changes to it very often, but that doesn't excuse it from upgrades when they might make it a better headset. So this NoThreadset 1-1/8" Headset w/ GripLock is better than ever before. You might be asking, "how is this possible?" We've stated before that Chris King makes the best headsets on the planet. Well, competition breeds innovation and change, and GripLock is the result.

On the top, Chris King's GripLock upper bearing cap uses a new compression design. This assembly replaces the older style, one-piece bearing cap that contained the O-ring. Instead, GripLock uses a split compression ring to center the steerer tube in the upper bearing, and when you preload the assembly, the split ring provides additional surface area against the steerer for a more secure and safer interface, especially on carbon fiber steerer tubes. Otherwise this is exactly the same Chris King 1-1/8" NoThreadset that you know and love. It still uses the same in-house manufactured sealed cartridge bearings. They’re fully serviceable, and they’re made from surgical grade stainless steel. The constant contact seals you get on a King are easily removed to allow for user servicing, yet provide an impervious barrier to the worst grit and grime of riding.

The Chris King NoThreadset 1-1/8" Headset w/ GripLock is available in a variety of highly polished and anodized colors. It fits frames with a 1-1/8" (34mm ID) straight head tube and forks with a 1-1/8" straight steerer tubes. Chris King Headsets have a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects.

  • Upper bearing cap features new compression design
  • Increased surface area against the steerer
  • In-house manufactured sealed cartridge bearings
  • Constant contact seals
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
[cups, top cap, bearing cap] aluminum, [crown race, bearings] stainless steel
Recommended Use
cycling, mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty
10 years

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Matte Jet, 1-1/8in
Matte Slate, 1-1/8in
Sotto Voce Black, 1-1/8in
Sotto Voce Navy, 1-1/8in
Sotto Voce Red, 1-1/8in
Sotto Voce Silver, 1-1/8in

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126 g

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Great Part / Great Color options

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally been starting to fix up my bike. I got the Sotto Voce Black color and its perfect! Happy with everything so far.

The Gold Standard In Headsets.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These headsets start out incredibly smooth, and thanks to the nature of their angular contact bearings they actually get smoother with age. Once every few years have them greased and they will last you decades.

Every part of this headset is made in Chris King's state of the art factory in Portland, Oregon. This level of attention to detail is what elevates this item to an almost cult like following. I personally have upgraded to a King on my last 3 bikes.

As beautiful as they are practical, They have a habit of outliving the bicycles they're installed on. Buy one, you won't regret it!


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

built up a new DJ and needed some color added so when you add the benefit of the best performing headset ever you cant go wrong.

The best headset in the history of ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put a CK on ever bike I've owned. The craftsmanship is second to none. They are solid for a lifetime. I have an old stump jumper from '94 that I use as a town bike, the King headset was installed in '94 and is still going strong. I could repeat this story with the 20+ bikes that have passed through the stable since then. This is bling that works. Forever. Period.

Unanswered Question

Will this work on a 2012 Stumpjumper FSR?

Best period

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you want the best bearings, you pony up and get Chris King. Hell it might even make you a king, or at least people will think more highly of you while you show off your bling on the trails...!

Best period

Lifetime Headset

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good thing about King headsets is that they'll last a lifetime. The bad is that you're stuck with whatever color you choose if you want to swap it to the next frame. Small price to pay for greatness! Seriously, these headsets are the best you can buy, are made in the USA, and come in a bunch of colors. They are more pricey than other options, but are completely worth it.

Lifetime Headset

Great headset

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Woetg the extra $$ for precise steering, durability, and looks. Be sure to get long adapters for your headset press or get large washers so you do not damage bearings when you install the cups.

GripLock saves this headset

    I've used Chris King before, as bike shop folks who mostly road bike recommended them based on the quality. The old design simply did not work well with long-travel forks and aggressive riding, and loosened constantly. Now that certain patents have expired, CK has smartly added a compression ring, and all is well. This is a beautiful piece of hardware, and made in America by an awesome company. But, for 99% of the performance and half the price, I'd still go with a CC 40.

    The best on the market!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you have built up as many bikes as a non-LBS mechanic and used alot of manufacturers then once you use the CK headsets you will know what the greatest is! So silky smooth it is insane and easy to install. Expensive.............depends on what you consider expensive to be quite honest. If you want a lifetime headset then spend the few extra bucks and get the best or you can keep replacing the "el-cheapos" every few years.

    Bikes With King Headsets Are Special

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Fahzure says so.

    This headset can't be beat, nor matched. There is nothing else like it. There may be other headsets that last nearly as long, and sell for nearly the price, but they don't look this good when they bookend your head tube.

    Install and fogetaboutit!

      Have the CK nothreadset on my road bike and mountain bike. Have not touched the headset on my mountain bike in 6 years and the steering is as smooth as buttah! Picked up the black sotto voce for a stealthy look on my road bike. Even though it's more expensive than other headsets on the market, the price is completely worth it. Just put this on your bike and you can forget about thinking about this component for a long time.

      Will this fit on a 2009 Specialized FSR...

      Will this fit on a 2009 Specialized FSR Stumpjumper. The spec for the bike show 1 1/8"

      Yes, it will fit, however, Specialized was known to ream their headtubes out slightly larger than spec for a 1 1/8" in that era, and I have seen CK headsets literally fall out of the head tube. This was mostly due to the very exact tolerances that CK adheres to. They did make a Specialized-specific 1 1/8" headset to remedy this issue, and it's likely available via special order from any quality bike shop. I believe it is (or was) only offered in black.