Quite often, I am asked
by our customers interested in buying a Chris King threaded headset, “What’s the
difference between the Chris King GripNut and 2Nut headsets?” This is a good
question and one that I’m always happy to answer.
To determine whether to buy a GripNut or a 2Nut threaded headset basically comes
down to the length of the fork steerer. If the fork steerer is already cut down
and only protrudes 11-14mm above the bearing cap or if you plan on cutting down
the steerer so that it's only 11-14mm above the bearing cap, the GripNut headset
would be the better choice for you. The adjusting ring and top lock nut are
essentially one piece and this unique design incorporates a threaded collet that
firmly clamps the fork threads for unparalleled holding power. This design is
also ideal for heavy touring loads, forks with damaged or undersized threads,
and forks that have been cut too short. It also makes for a nice clean look
where the quill stem and the top of the headset interface. The GripNut does not
allow for the use of spacers or cable hangers.
The Chris King 2Nut
headset is perfect if you are planning on using headset spacers or cable hangers for
your brake system in the headset stack. The 2Nut is also the best choice
if you have a fork with a threaded steerer that extends
above the bearing cap 15mm or more and you're not sure how much steerer you want
to cut off
The 2Nut has
a traditional two piece adjusting ring and top lock nut that enables you to
install headset spacers between the adjusting nut and the top lock nut. This
allows you to leave the steerer at a longer length to accommodate a better fit
between you and the stem and handlebar.
The early reputation of Chris King was established by the development of the
traditional 2Nut threaded headset. Not to be overshadowed by the arrival of the
GripNut headset in the Chris King line, the 2Nut is still the favorite headset
of many cyclocrossers around the world who may require headset spacers or a
cable hanger for their center-pull brake systems. Whichever of these headsets
you choose for your bicycle's setup, Chris King gives you the confidence that
you're installing a headset that you won't have to worry about for years down
the long and winding bike path. Conversion kits for both the GripNut and 2Nut
are available and make it affordable for you to convert your current Chris King
headset cups to a unique threaded attachment style or to the traditional lock
and adjusting nut style.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.
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