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Chris King NoThreadset Headset - 1 1/8in


Item # CKG0018

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Item # CKG0018

Better than ever.

Chris King, manufacturer of some of the best headsets in the world, decided to upgrade its NoThreadset 1-1/8” Headset with GripLock to put a little extra magic in your cockpit. The new GripLock replaces the older version’s one-piece bearing cap with a new compression design. The new split ring design provides a more secure and safer interface (especially on carbon fiber steerer tubes) by increasing the surface area against the steerer. The NoThreadset still features the same sealed cartridge bearings that are fully serviceable and made (in-house) from surgical grade stainless steel. Chris King’s constant contact seals offer solid protection against girt and grime and are easy to remove for maintenance. The NoThreadset 1-1/8” with GripLock fits frames with a 1-1/8” (34mm ID) straight head tube and forks with a 1-1/8” straight steerer tubes.

  • Upper bearing cap features new compression design
  • Increased surface area against the steerer
  • In-house manufactured sealed cartridge bearings
  • Constant contact seals

Tech Specs

[cups, top cap, bearing cap] aluminum, [crown race, bearings] stainless steel
Actual Weight:
Bold Black, 1-1/8in: 131g
Recommended Use:
cycling, mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
10 years

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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.

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
Avg. ride time: 38m per week
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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.