Ok, so I'm looking at some new forks. My frame has a tapered headtube so the logical thing would be to get a tapered steerer. Problem is, the straight steerer is around £25 cheaper. I need a new headset anyway and that difference would go a long way towards this.
So my question is, is there a good reason not to go with a stepdown headset? I know marketing hype would make you believe that it would be weaker & not as torsionally rigid but am I really likely to notice a difference, and surely there's the potential for larger bearings in a stepdown headset?
(I do ride quite hard though!)