Chris King’s DropSet headset lineup now has an IS41/IS41 choice for downhill motorcycles, becoming the immediately 1-1/8″ steerer discovered on maximum double crown DH forks.
This 6th iteration in their signature headset design has the similar GripLock function because the originals, and that’s the important thing get advantages for rough-and-tumble riders like downhill racers.
What’s GripLock? Satisfied you requested.
Chris King’s GripLock is a four-piece higher headset cap (E) that protects the headset bearing and forestalls issues from coming free whilst using. It really works through stacking a wedge-shaped cut up ring (H) on best of the higher bearing race (J). That race nestles into the higher bearing (Ok), after which the wedge (H) actually wedges between the race and the fork’s steerer tube.
This sandwiched design distributes lateral a lot from affects (the bumps your hitting) clear of the bearings, decreasing tension on them. And if the higher race (J) tries to transport upward, which might reason the headset to get free, it constricts the cut up wedge (H), making it squeeze tighter onto the steerer, which prevents it from slipping upward, thus combating the headset from changing into free.
Sure, this makes it harder to take away a Chris King DropSet headset, however except you’re swapping forks, there’s most probably little wish to have to take away it.
The brand new DropSet 6 headset is suitable with their incorporated baseplate and all 45º built-in crown races. It’s additionally suitable with carbon and alloy steerer tubes. It’s to be had now in all of Chris King’s colours, plus two-tone black and gold. MSRP is $176 with metal bearings, or $296 with ceramic bearings.