The term "headset" refers to the set of bearings and cups that allow the fork's steerer tube to turn freely in the head tube. While sometimes the headset is overlooked, a quality mountain bike headset can make a major difference in how a mountain bike handles and turns.
Often, though, newer or inexperienced riders can't tell the difference between a cheap headset and a high-quality headset. But one thing is certain: the best headsets last a very long time and provide quality performance year after year, while cheap headsets will wear out rather quickly.
|Bontrager Rhythm Pro||Cane Creek 100 Threadless Headset||Cane Creek 110 Headset||Cane Creek 40||Cane Creek Aheadset|
|Cane Creek Double X Headset||Cane Creek S-8||Cane Creek S3 Headset||Cane Creek ZS-2 Zero Stack Headset||Cane Creek ZS-6 Zero Stack Headset|
|Cannondale Headset||Chris King InSet||Chris King NOThreadSet||Crane Creek A-headset||Diamondback Zero Stack Ahead|
|FSA Assorted Alloy Spacer Kit||FSA FSA IS-2||FSA IS-2||FSA Orbit DL Headset||FSA Orbit Extreme Pro 1.5|
|FSA Orbit IS-2 CC||FSA Orbit MX Headset||FSA Orbit Z||FSA Pig DH Pro Headset||FSA Sealed Bearing threadless 1 1/8 in|
|Giant Overdrive||Hope Conventional||Hope Space Doctor Spacers||Loaded Precision Xlite SIT Headset||Race Face Deus|
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|Ritchey Logic OE||Specialized 1 1/8" upper and lower campy style cartridge bearings for integrated alloy HT||Specialized Headset 1-1/8 and 1-1/2" threadless, Campy style upper with 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearings||Stock With Frame||Syncros Hard Core|