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Headset removal/install on carbon frame?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by FirstAscent, May 20, 2013.

  1. FirstAscent

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    Is there anything special or different one should take into account when removing/installing a new headset on a carbon frame? It's a Session 9.9

    Thanks!
     

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    use a bigger hammer.




    *nothing special, go slow with your press, make sure everything is straight, use grease.
     
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  3. FirstAscent

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    Thanks! Gonna work on it tomorrow
     
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    After further inspection it looks like I can't install my Chris king headset on it. The bike comes with a cane creek headset and the upper and lower cups are bonded to the carbon frame.

    Does that mean cane creek is my only option??
     
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    Yes, But the CC stuff I have been running never comes loose.
    Some of the CK tend to loosen up on longer travel forks.
    But that's my experiences.
    VM
     
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    I called and emailed trek. The guy I talked to on the phone said they were bonded to the frame and not to remove them. The email I got said they were pressed in and can be tapped out.

    Hmmm, maybe I'll just stick to CC as you recommended.

    Thanks for your input VM
     
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    whats wrong with the cc headset?
     
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    CC makes good headsets. But I bought the frameset and it didn't include the headset, all that is in there was an upper and lower cup. Since I needed to buy one I decided to get a CK, and I wanted it red. So it wasn't anything against CC
     
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    The person you spoke to at Trek does not know what he is talking about. I owned a session carbon, and worked at a trek dealer too and I know for a fact the cups are removable. That is why the bike comes from the factory with a stock headset, and Trek also includes an angleset too. The only way to install the angleset is by removing the cups.

    Good luck
     
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    Awesome, good ol first hand experience. Thanks pillete!

    I bought the frameset used so it didn't include all the extras but I had heard they included the angleset as well but assumed it was the same cups.

    Thanks!
     
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    Pillete, you were correct. But you already knew that. They tapped right out and new headset went in nicely. Thanks for your help!