MTB Headset Tech | Everything You Should Know About Mountain Bike Headsets

MTB Headset Tech | Everything You Should Know About Mountain Bike Headsets

The headset is one of the most important parts of a bike! But understanding which standard you need can be confusing… And why do they keep changing? In this video, we take a look at everything you need to know about headset standards: past, present and what’s coming up in the future! – ⏰ Time Stamps 👇

🔘 00:33 – Modern Headsets
🔘 01:12 – Traditional Headsets
🔘 05:34 – The A Headset
🔘 07:39 – A Headset Development
🔘 09:15 – Headset Standards Explained
🔘 10:52 – Steerer Tube Development
🔘 13:16 – Where Are We Today?
🔘 17:25 – What’s The Future Of Headset Standards?

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50 Comments

  1. Larry Larhi on December 31, 2022 at 1:45 am

    hello there, i have something i cant understand, i might sound stupid but could someone explain to me please;
    even in the guide in the description, how a 1 1/8" forks can fit in both 34mm and 44mm setup depending on the "integral" or "traditional" integration? 1 1/8" is approx 29mm, how 29mm fit in 44mm? is there different 1 1/8" sizes? im missing on something here



  2. kleofass kozacki on December 31, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Brilliant video!



  3. dibqip on December 31, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Replace Allen key height adjustable bars with a one way trip with a hacksaw genius marketing vs engineering.



  4. pyadster on December 31, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Bought new hope headset not a clue how to fit it now i do you are a life saver 😎👍



  5. Drew Street on December 31, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Remember about 7 years back when I was into scooters, mate had a threaded fork and headset scooter, I had a threadless one and just bought a new headset for new colour, so I sold him the old one for £5 and fitted it to his scooter threadless with the threaded top cap on😂🤦‍♂️ worked brilliant though tbh



  6. John Molyneux on December 31, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Excellent as usual. Best bicycle info on internet. Thanks!



  7. AJ_77 on December 31, 2022 at 1:54 am

    I just received my IS42/52 headset for my new Merida One Twenty frame. The top bearing sits about 3mm below the top of the head tube. Why design a frame with such deep insertion depth for the bearing. I figure I’m going to need 3mm or more of spacers just to preload the bearing correctly.



  8. Herman Casaol on December 31, 2022 at 1:54 am

    This is super helpful



  9. David Chavez on December 31, 2022 at 1:55 am

    BTW, a patent today would cost just north of ten grand. Good luck aspiring inventors out there.



  10. Sergio Gutierrez on December 31, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Can I put a straight steer tube in a tapered frame?



  11. Romeo Hernández on December 31, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Nice video!! Can You tell me what Headset I need for a Cannondale Trail One SL 2021 tapered..



  12. banditsharp on December 31, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Clearly, what this chap doesn’t know about bikes isn’t worth knowing!



  13. Peppermint Pig on December 31, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Well gosh, if you don’t want it I’ll take that Girvin stem.



  14. Bobissik on December 31, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Wow! So much has become clear with this awesome video! Thank you!



  15. Ju Galoo on December 31, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Lets respect the old stuff, it’s what a lot of us dudes grew up with!!



  16. Radovan Krejci on December 31, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Brilliant. With history, one understands WHY things are the way they are. Thank you.



  17. Joey D on December 31, 2022 at 2:06 am

    Girvin flex stem!
    Classic!



  18. Oxo Nomy on December 31, 2022 at 2:08 am

    16:40 how does the star nut thing that’s on the table attach to the fork?



  19. James Kumwenda on December 31, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Mine’s dead i need help😭😭😢💝



  20. pakiw2 on December 31, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Oh. Have "vintage" German bike from 90’s, with 37mm tube diameter. What a pain to find anything. No headsets of any description, anywhere – non, zero. Had to source custom adapters which could accept 34mm headsets. 😁



  21. Alex Braun on December 31, 2022 at 2:12 am

    I had a flexi stem and they were brilliant. I I can get my hands on a "vintage" pre suspension frame, I would rebuild it and fit the feixy stem I still have…epic.



  22. Sacha Quadrelli on December 31, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Feeling old here…talking about 1992 like it was ancient history. Wasn’t it, like, yesterday?



  23. Bear Ants on December 31, 2022 at 2:17 am

    please convert to metric asap



  24. The1khronohs on December 31, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Now all we need is for someone to figure out that bolts with 5mm allen on all parts of the headset makes things even easier.



  25. Артур Голубев on December 31, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Thank you VERY much for this video! I’ve been struggling to understand standards and technical part of headsets and you just got everything set up in my brain nicely!



  26. Mr J Holland on December 31, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Fantastic explainer,I started out in 1989 with Muddy Fox and after several riding hiatus’s (if that’s a word!),am now putting together a hybrid bike using mixed age componentry,so this really levelled the field for me 😀👍



  27. Jools Turrall on December 31, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Great explanation, right amount of detail and covered a lot of years and changes of the headset. I am still riding my 97 Kona hei hei and knew it was an Aheadset but wasn’t aware of more recent changes, just took my forks off for a service, after a long time sat in the garage unridden, and realised I need a new headset, the minefield of new headset types had me a wee bit confused. So this video has put me straight. Thanks



  28. Mrbigolnuts on December 31, 2022 at 2:23 am

    I’m trying to get a straight tube shock at present for a Talon, utter nightmare, just not produced



  29. Andres Castro on December 31, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Hi guys great video, I have a question, In the product description for the SID Ultimate Race Day Suspension Fork – 29", 120 mm say that it is Crown OD (mm) 58. Is that means doesn’t fit in a ZS44/28.6 ZS56/40 head set (for the Scott Scale 965)? Thanks for the answer



  30. Łukasz Nawracała on December 31, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Great video. Thanks!



  31. J Dillon on December 31, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Great video. Thank you.



  32. Edward Wood on December 31, 2022 at 2:25 am

    What does it mean when the handle turns when you hold the front wheel between your knees?



  33. Billy Williams on December 31, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Never heard of or had a threaded headset rattle loose as you said here, 40 years of Bmx, Road and Mtb riding. Also 2 brothers and a sister heavily involved in cycling and never a problem if tightened correctly!!



  34. Benedikt W. on December 31, 2022 at 2:26 am

    This genuinely is a great video. Very educational, pleasantly graphic and entertainingly presented. Great job!



  35. Edward rowland on December 31, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Very interesting, informative, with great attention to detail, excellent video for those interested in bikes.



  36. Leggo MuhEggo on December 31, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Ive been to Durango. My aunt lived in Delores.



  37. Droopy Eyes on December 31, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Thanks man, I was wondering what kind of crap my cheap-o "tesco-like" mtb had for the fork, and turned out, it was rust welded but needed the confidence within knowledge to use the rubber mallet 😂😂



  38. Bea May Belarmino on December 31, 2022 at 2:29 am

    May I asked how many ball bearing is needed for a 2.54mm fork diameter? Is it 20pcs or 16pcs ball bearing?



  39. UrMomentum on December 31, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Great Video! Currently sat trying to figure out what a Semi Integrated set is? Wanting to upgrade my 2010 Cube Fritzz with the NP HZN headset to match my NP HZN stem & bars… Now not so sure I can? Original is a FSA Orbit Z 1.5R semi-integrated which I can find no info/specs on…..sat on Fox 36 TALAS ?? This chick needs a coffee!?



  40. duane preston on December 31, 2022 at 2:34 am

    what tools do I need to buy?



  41. Livin'Large on December 31, 2022 at 2:34 am

    Very helpful videos. I have an 06 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper with a "Mindset" (headset) integrated into its FACT carbon frame. I am figuring it out.



  42. lostboy8814 on December 31, 2022 at 2:35 am

    Wow what a great tutorial on headsets thanks Doddy you’re a star,that was very comprehensive mate,first class.



  43. Andrew Ince on December 31, 2022 at 2:36 am

    The threaded headset:
    – 1" caged bearings made from exploding steel.
    -a ⅞" quill which never stayed tight.
    -steerer tube can only be one thickness, this is known as too thin.
    -weird keyed washer all headsets seemed to have, like what’s up with that? It chewed up the threads and there was no reason for it to be keyed.
    -those massive nuts were bizarre. We’re used to looking for a 10mm. How often have you shouted "Where’s my 32mm"?



  44. That One Texan on December 31, 2022 at 2:38 am

    Can any headset bearings be replaced with sealed bearings? I have a 2021 Scott spark 960



  45. Peter Whittemore on December 31, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Brilliant advice as I’m going to be upgrading my front end. Very useful 👌



  46. michel husk on December 31, 2022 at 2:40 am

    I’ve been told that my Scott E-aspect has a 61.5mm lower bearing cage in the headset . I’ve been trying to get one for over a year from various shops no one has been able to get one. I’ve even been to Scott themselves and Rockshox but still no luck.
    Can anybody help me with this problem please.?



  47. Bear Ants on December 31, 2022 at 2:41 am

    When I used the threaded steerer tubes and wedge stems, I never had any reliability issues, not even once. Never did the locknuts or anything else come loose until I loosened it.



  48. Simon Breslin on December 31, 2022 at 2:41 am

    Extraordinary, as always, if that’s even possible?!



  49. Andrew Ince on December 31, 2022 at 2:42 am

    My Bolt uses a tapered IS headset and it’s just a joy to work with.



  50. Shawn Brinton on December 31, 2022 at 2:42 am

    Doddy, you are awesome! Thanks for the tutorial.