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Why We Make This

The simple answer is that many contemporary bicycle frame designs call for the headset bearings to ride inside the frame’s headtube. After decades of making press-in bearing headsets, we needed to make headsets that worked in these newer frames.

From the beginning we understood that integrated headsets posed a unique challenge in that the bearings are not pressed into a cup and sit loosely in the frame. When bearings are not pressed securely into a cup they shift and move, rapidly losing preload. As preload drops, the bearings are more susceptible to creaking, damage, and failure. That’s a problem we know how to solve.

Why You Want It

Enter, our patented GripLock™ bearing cap. The GripLock™ preloads the headset independently of clamping onto the steerer, so it retains preload far better than the competition and is impervious to the ill effects of load spikes from large hits and heavy braking. This means smoother steering, no more creaking, and a longer lasting headset.

Our GripLock™ design also takes the guesswork out of preloading a headset, because the bearing preload force is independent of the clamping force. Our headsets can be preloaded to a torque spec.

 

  • Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
  • King Lifetime Warranty
  • Legendary made-in-house bearings
  • Patented GripLock® retention design for dependable headset adjustment (US Patent 8662517) 
  •  

    DropSet 2

    Compatible with Open, 3T, All City, Low, Cinelli, Lynskey, and more. 

    • 42mm 45x45 upper bearing for 2.8-3.0mm bearing ream depth.
    • 52mm 45x45 lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 3

    Compatible with Santa Cruz, Yeti, Alchemy, Santa Cruz Stigmata (without baseplate), Ibis Hakka MX, and more. 

    • 41mm 45x45 upper bearing
    • 52mm 36x45 lower bearing
    • Compatible with the included baseplate and 36 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 4

    • 42mm 45x45 upper and lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 6

    • 41mm 45x45 upper and lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    For more information see our DropSet™ 1 blog post here.




    Why We Make This

    The simple answer is that many contemporary bicycle frame designs call for the headset bearings to ride inside the frame’s headtube. After decades of making press-in bearing headsets, we needed to make headsets that worked in these newer frames.

    From the beginning we understood that integrated headsets posed a unique challenge in that the bearings are not pressed into a cup and sit loosely in the frame. When bearings are not pressed securely into a cup they shift and move, rapidly losing preload. As preload drops, the bearings are more susceptible to creaking, damage, and failure. That’s a problem we know how to solve.

    Why You Want It

    Enter, our patented GripLock™ bearing cap. The GripLock™ preloads the headset independently of clamping onto the steerer, so it retains preload far better than the competition and is impervious to the ill effects of load spikes from large hits and heavy braking. This means smoother steering, no more creaking, and a longer lasting headset.

    Our GripLock™ design also takes the guesswork out of preloading a headset, because the bearing preload force is independent of the clamping force. Our headsets can be preloaded to a torque spec.

     

  • Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
  • King Lifetime Warranty
  • Legendary made-in-house bearings
  • Patented GripLock® retention design for dependable headset adjustment (US Patent 8662517) 
  •  

    DropSet 2

    Compatible with Open, 3T, All City, Low, Cinelli, Lynskey, and more. 

    • 42mm 45x45 upper bearing for 2.8-3.0mm bearing ream depth.
    • 52mm 45x45 lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 3

    Compatible with Santa Cruz, Yeti, Alchemy, Santa Cruz Stigmata (without baseplate), Ibis Hakka MX, and more. 

    • 41mm 45x45 upper bearing
    • 52mm 36x45 lower bearing
    • Compatible with the included baseplate and 36 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 4

    • 42mm 45x45 upper and lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 6

    • 41mm 45x45 upper and lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    For more information see our DropSet™ 1 blog post here.


    CAB1

    Chris King Dropset 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 Integrated Headset



    Color
    Black
    Silver
    Red
    Matte Black
    Matte Turquoise
    Gold
    Midnight
    Violet
    Matte Mango



    Availability and stock levels vary by color & specification, please check each color below for stock information.

    Why We Make This

    The simple answer is that many contemporary bicycle frame designs call for the headset bearings to ride inside the frame’s headtube. After decades of making press-in bearing headsets, we needed to make headsets that worked in these newer frames.

    From the beginning we understood that integrated headsets posed a unique challenge in that the bearings are not pressed into a cup and sit loosely in the frame. When bearings are not pressed securely into a cup they shift and move, rapidly losing preload. As preload drops, the bearings are more susceptible to creaking, damage, and failure. That’s a problem we know how to solve.

    Why You Want It

    Enter, our patented GripLock™ bearing cap. The GripLock™ preloads the headset independently of clamping onto the steerer, so it retains preload far better than the competition and is impervious to the ill effects of load spikes from large hits and heavy braking. This means smoother steering, no more creaking, and a longer lasting headset.

    Our GripLock™ design also takes the guesswork out of preloading a headset, because the bearing preload force is independent of the clamping force. Our headsets can be preloaded to a torque spec.

     

  • Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
  • King Lifetime Warranty
  • Legendary made-in-house bearings
  • Patented GripLock® retention design for dependable headset adjustment (US Patent 8662517) 
  •  

    DropSet 2

    Compatible with Open, 3T, All City, Low, Cinelli, Lynskey, and more. 

    • 42mm 45x45 upper bearing for 2.8-3.0mm bearing ream depth.
    • 52mm 45x45 lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 3

    Compatible with Santa Cruz, Yeti, Alchemy, Santa Cruz Stigmata (without baseplate), Ibis Hakka MX, and more. 

    • 41mm 45x45 upper bearing
    • 52mm 36x45 lower bearing
    • Compatible with the included baseplate and 36 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 4

    • 42mm 45x45 upper and lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    DropSet 6

    • 41mm 45x45 upper and lower bearing
    • Compatible with our included baseplate and 45 degree integrated crown races

    For more information see our DropSet™ 1 blog post here.

    • AVT.Bike is an authorized Chris King® dealer and proud to carry one of the largest selections of Chris King products available online and shipped anywhere in the world.
    • Chris King components including hubs, headsets and bottom brackets are available in 9 stock colors.
    • LIFETIME Warranty on all Chris King products.
    • Other colors and product options are available depending on stock levels, so if you don't see the color or exact product you are looking for please contact us.
    • If you have any technical questions at all on Chris King products please contact us and we'll be pleased to help you out!
    • All Chris King products are responsibly manufactured in Portland, Oregon, USA.
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