Likely cost of a new headset?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by michaelrmgreen, 14 Apr 2010.

  1. michaelrmgreen

    michaelrmgreen New Member

    I've an old (~6yrs) Dawes Giro 300, with a conventional (ok, old fashioned) headset. I'd like to get it replaced. How much is it likely to cost? Advice please. Thanks.
     
  2. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    Location:
    West London
    Apologies in advance that I have no idea what a 6 year old Dawes Giro 300 has in terms of components, so I shall assume your "old fashioned" adjective meant the headset is threaded (to confirm see this).

    As you can see from Sheldon's article, replacing a threaded headset is not the easiest of DIY bike maintenance projects. Removal of the old and installation of the new can call for special tools (although some folks do use old pipes, hammers etc. to improvise...). Also it is critical that the new one is of the correct stack height for it to work, so you have to be careful of what you buy.

    A Campag Record 1" threaded headset, which is super light and beautifully made, retails for a surprisingly modest £40. However much of it is made of light alloy, so I would definitely not recommend installing it without the special tools.
     
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    michaelrmgreen

    michaelrmgreen New Member

    Yes threaded. The way forks SHOULD be made.
     
  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Thank God they're not anymore.

    Give me the modern A-Head style any day.
     
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    Decent enough BBB headset here for £20ish
    http://www.dotbike.com/ProductsP4009.aspx?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=5&utm_campaign=DPL

    but you can get cheaper..

    i fit and replace all my headsets. it costs me nothing and i did use a lump of wood and a mallet for many years, to press the cups into the frame.
    A shop won't charge you much, but it something anyone could do with some common sense!. IIRC there is a good guide on bikemagic oh now to fit a headset without tools
     
  6. Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    If you do it yourself, as I did about 2-years ago on a Giro200 (about 2004 vintage), it won't cost a lot. I used an Acor headset from my LBS (about £8 I seem to remember). I cobbled together my own press with a threaded rod and plates from B&Q. The problem I had was finding a headset with a short enough stack height.
     
  7. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Dare I ask why? 6 years is not old, and Dawes don't generally fit poor components.
     
  8. Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

     
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    michaelrmgreen

    michaelrmgreen New Member

    >Dare I ask why? 6 years is not old, and Dawes don't generally fit poor components.

    The lock nut is partially stripped and the plating is all rusted off. I replaced the locknut once but the part seems low quality. Additionally the original bottom bracket was VERY poor.
     
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