The headset on a bike is an essential component, allowing your handlebars to turn, and the bike to change direction while you ride it. All through a ball bearing system. It is formed by different components fitted inside the bike’s head tube and join together the fork and the handlebar stem.
Changing your headset may seem a difficult, doubt-plagued process – there are many different typologies and measures. It’s thus essential to know the kind of headset that is compatible with your bike.
It’s also important to give your headset regular maintenance in order that it works properly. In other words, it should be unassembled, cleaned and greased frequently.
Depending on their threading system and how the bearings are placed, headsets can fall into one of these four categories:
These are the key components of a properly functioning headset:
Headset spacers: Inserts installed under the headset in order to raise the handlebars and correctly adjust them to the cyclist’s height and position on the bike. There are different spacers with varying diameters and thickness.