After making the very best pressed-in headsets for over 40 years, Chris King is releasing the DropSet™ 1, the first Chris King integrated headset. Available for pre-order on our website now!
This project started from the ground up, beginning with testing to analyze the forces at play in an integrated vs a pressed-in headset design, and discovering the unique problems that needed to be addressed.
The most significant challenge to overcome is that integrated 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.
Enter, our patented GripLock™ bearing cap. Our tried and tested GripLock™, is a patented design that preloads the headset independently of clamping onto the steerer. The GripLock™ design ensures that the Chris King DropSet™ 1 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.
When tested under normal riding conditions, the DropSet™ 1 with GripLock™ retains significantly more preload than the competition! The benefit is even more dramatic when heavy braking and big hits are encountered. Our GripLock™ design also takes the guessing 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. No more guessing and under preloading the bearings.
Additionally the DropSet™ 1 is available in steel or ceramic bearings. With the increased abuse that an integrated headset must endure we aim to provide every possible advantage. Ceramic is a self lubricating and non-galling material that will be even more durable in wet and corrosive conditions than our legendary stainless steel bearings. These durable properties will decrease service intervals and increase longevity in even the most abrasive riding conditions.
Compatible with Intense Sniper, Santa Cruz, Yeti, Alchemy, and more.
- Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
- 10-year built-to-last warranty
- Legendary made-in-house bearings
- Patented GripLock® retention design for exclusively reliable headset adjustment
- Available in 9 beautifully anodized colors
- 41mm 45x45 upper bearing
- 52mm 45x45 lower bearing
- Compatible with our baseplate or integrated crown races