Chris King’s DropSet headset lineup now has an IS41/IS41 possibility 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 stops issues from coming unfastened whilst driving. It really works by means of stacking a wedge-shaped break 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 quite a bit from affects (the bumps your hitting) clear of the bearings, decreasing pressure on them. And if the higher race (J) tries to transport upward, which might motive the headset to get unfastened, it constricts the break up wedge (H), making it squeeze tighter onto the steerer, which prevents it from slipping upward, thus combating the headset from changing into unfastened.
Sure, this makes it harder to take away a Chris King DropSet headset, however except you’re swapping forks, there’s most probably little want to have to take away it.
The brand new DropSet 6 headset is appropriate with their integrated baseplate and all 45º built-in crown races. It’s additionally appropriate 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.