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Headset: Tank or Pig DH Deep Cups?

sunny

Grammar Civil Patrol
Jul 2, 2004
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Sandy Eggo, CA
Hey there,

So I work in a bike shop. Got a 15-y-o rider with a Kona Stuff.

He bent the steer tube on the MZ Comp, so he's getting a crash replacement DJ3.

Question: what headset? Cane Creek Tank or the Pig DH with deep cups? Or something else? He tends to destroy parts...

(but why he was using a XC fork for dirt jumping, I can't explain...)

Thanks for any advice!

-sunny
 

scurban

Turbo Monkey
Jul 11, 2004
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SC
I'd go with the FSA with deep cups if he destroys parts. The bearings on the Tanks are smaller as well.
 

McGRP01

beer and bikes
Feb 6, 2003
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Portland, OR
If you go with the Deep Cup, make sure it'll work with the frame. I recently tried to install one on my Steelhead and it's didn;t work because of where the headtube welds were placed. Trashed the cups trying to install it. The DH Pro should be sufficient, that's what I ended up using on my Azonic.
 

scurban

Turbo Monkey
Jul 11, 2004
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SC
I'm a long time regular fsa pig user. They've never failed me, and personally I like the unsealed bearings, because they are easier to grease. They have a steel lower cup, and BIG lower bearings, They were designed for rigid bmx bikes, it should be sufficient.
 
Aug 30, 2005
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San Diego
I suggest using the BMX version of the FSA PIG Pro headset. It's still just as burly as the DH, but w/out the deep cups. I ran the unsealed version on my 20" DK for 2 1/2 years, now I'm runnin' that very same headset on my BigHit. I'd opt for the sealed version, since he's a kid and less likely to do consistent maintenance on his bike, which he would need to do with the unsealed version.
I've always properly maintained my unsealed headset's; takin' them apart cleaning and degreasin' them, then regreasin' with new grease, and it works and lasts forever. I haven't even been able to crush those burly bearings, even with as hard as I rode them on my DK and now on my BigHit.

Peace,
Patrick
aka Alex966(I'm on my friend's account)