Our tapered NoThreadSet brings our classic profile to the world of tapered headtubes. The NoThreadSet is built to be precise and dependable and sets the standard for quality headset function delivering precision performance to numerous world champions, grand tour winners, and aspiring riders around the world. External upper and lower cups with the iconic, Chris King rounded profile adds timeless style to even the most modern bike. Each NoThreadSet is built with our bearings that have heat-treated, surgical grade steel races that are machined simultaneously, with tools of equal wear to ensure perfectly matched inner and outer races. The quality and smoothness of our bearings is what sets us apart from the competition and they are what you will feel and notice on every single ride. As Chris King bearing tracks burnish they get smoother with age and all headsets are fully serviceable for years upon years of demanding use. To top it off the NoThreadSet features our patented GripLock system to keep your steering precise and dependable. Every Chris King headset and bearing is engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon, and backed by our 10-year built-to-last warranty.
EC34/EC44 for 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" tapered steerer
EC34/EC44 for 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" tapered steerer
Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
The GripLock headset retention system uses an isolated wedge system to separate headset bearing adjustment from steerer tube location thus eliminating loose headsets on long travel mountain bikes while simultaneously removing any chance of headset inflicted fatigue on the lightweight carbon steerer tubes found on modern road forks. This is accomplished by isolating the thrust force that passes through the steerer tube from the bearing race that provides the radial force that preloads the headset bearing adjustment. In standard headset systems, this preloading wedge is affected by each impact that runs through the steerer tube making the headset more susceptible to coming out of adjustment. This is why a non-GripLockTM equipped headset will come out of adjustment in rough terrain or over a long ride; the wedge has been essentially hammered out of position. At the same time this hammering effect causes the wedge to clamp down repeatedly on your steerer tube. This repeated clamping could have an adverse effect on steerer tubes, in particular those made out of advanced materials like carbon fiber where it could potentially score and fatigue the steerer tube. By eliminating the effects of thrust force on a headset’s radial preload our patented GripLock system is the next generation of headset function and security.