This offering is for a new-in-the-box Ritchey Logic threaded headset. It is more of a current production item, and was part of a larger wholesale lot of new-old-stock items we decided to purchase.
Most of it's component parts are made from an aluminum alloy, but we also noted the outer cover section of the threaded top race (that is black in color) is made out of a resin (plastic) composite. We would prefer a top race to be made solely from an aluminum alloy, but in this case, we also noted the section of the race that "contacts" the bearings is all aluminum alloy. In other words, the outer resin composite section appears to be nothing more then a dust cover...and does not come into contact with the bearings or any other moving parts of the headset. I suppose that over time this resin composite section may weather to the point where it may crack and break away...rendering the headset ineffective, but there is probably an equal likelihood that under normal use, the load bearing races/cups/bearings may wear out before the resin composite dust cover deterioriates from the weather. This is all speculation on our part, but thought the discussion still had some merit for those in the market for an inexpensive replacement headset.
It has what is widely considered an oversized 28.6 mm steerer opening, which means it is compatible with a 1 1/8" threaded fork (26 threads per inch) and a quill stem with a diameter of 25.4 mm (or 1"). More specifically, the crown race inside diameter is 30.0 mm and the frame cup outside diameter (or said another way...the outside diameter of the head race sections that press into the head tube) is 34.0 mm (and we believe all of these measurements are fairly standard for an oversized threaded headset). The stack height (and we define stack height as the combined height of all visible headset components after being mounted on the fork and head tube) is a combined 40.5 mm (approximate per our digital calipers) and it weighs about 140 grams.
We also thought you might be interested in some comments from the Company with respect to this headset..."The Company's approach to headset design is different than everyone else. The Company utilizes an inverted cup design to direct impact forces downward into the reinforced area of the steerer tube, rather than upward into the weaker stem area. Another key feature is the appropriate use of different bearings in the top and bottom cups that increase the strength and durability of the headset and ultimately saves weight."
We realize the oversized threaded headset in any make/model is not as popular as the threadless variety, or even the smaller 1" threaded models. Still, if this size is a need item for you, at less than $15 plus a very reasonable shipping charge, this is one of our better values in an entry-level headset.
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