by Marc Basiliere
April 21, 2014
Need a bit more reach on that XXL frame?
Coming out of Chris King’s Buzzworks prototype shop, this OffSet headset was developed for the rangy riders on Santa Cruz’s Syndicate race team. Too tall for even their sponsor’s largest frames, Minaar, Peat, and Bryceland were looking for a bit more cockpit and wheelbase on their race bikes. In response, King and company developed a model that offsets the steering axis 8mm (roughly 1/3in) from the centre of head tube.
Working with common 44mm straight head tubes, the OffSet headset will require a straight-steerer fork, something still common among the dual-crown crowd (and available at a discount elsewhere). While Chris King’s blog notes that Buzzworks concepts “may never make it to production,” we could see an OffSet model filling a need among those looking for a bit more – or a bit less – reach in their frames.