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Headset & Bottom Bracket Longevity
#1
Possibly daft question - but whats the average lifespan of a headset?

Mines an integrated seal cartridge type jobby (dont ask my what kind, I have no idea even when I bought it!)

Ive just had to tighten it due to it feeling loose and some light knocking when holding the front brake on to test it.

It may just need a strip down and clean/lube Im guessing?

Im having the same issues with the BB too now....  Sad
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#2
Sealed headset should last a fair while... as for sealed BB, depending upon who's they are.
My Truvativ GXP External  bearings used to last about 4 months at £25 a shot. The Hope one lasted about 1 year but it wasnt the bearing that went it was the dust cap over the top... reminds me I must ring Hope to see if I can get new ones  
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#3
Headset-wise, I think Im gonna strip it all out - its probably full of over 1yrs crud anyway - I believe the sealed bearings are cheap enough to buy...

The bearings inside just drop in like these:
resim

Regards to BB : Thats a shimano HT2 external - easily 1.5yrs old now, so maybe a new one of those is required.

Do HOPE do a version?  Wink
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#4
"BMJBOY" Wrote:Headset-wise, I think Im gonna strip it all out - its probably full of over 1yrs crud anyway - I believe the sealed bearings are cheap enough to buy...

The bearings inside just drop in like these:
resim

Regards to BB : Thats a shimano HT2 external - easily 1.5yrs old now, so maybe a new one of those is required.

Do HOPE do a version?  Wink

yep
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#5
I've never had to replace headset bearings on any bike i've owned.  Had to tighten and clean once or twice but that's it.

BBs are a different matter - i go through them as quickly as Breezer goes through Disco brake pads!
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#6
I'll go cheapest route first - strip out and clean.

HT2 BB's are cheap enough (comparitively) so will probably get a new one.

Not much you can do with them AFAIK.

Unless MrLagging can get the ceramic bling hope ones for about £3.50 and some fluff.....
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#7
I have a serious hate/hate relationship with headsets. Only ones that have ever worked properly have been the ones on the old breezer, they would last for 5 years or so! Bottom brackets are also useless. I have solved my brake pad issues though, combination of intensive bedding in process coupled with then not riding the bike for weeks seems to make them last longer lol
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#8
So to sound daft once again:

The fact Ive had to tighten my headset up, is not a sign its on the way out???

Just a time/loosening thing?
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#9
Bearings will loosen a bit with age so you may be ok for a while.
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#10
I have just had to replace my bearing on the HT - the bottom one on eth head set.  I tried packing with grease 1st, it improved but was still poor.  The replacement was just about £8

Nice and smooth now.
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