2 degree headset on a rigid singlespeed?

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  • 2 degree headset on a rigid singlespeed?
  • My Salsa El Mariachi needs new headset bearings (yet again) and Works Components have 20% off making an EC44-EC44 1/1.5/2 degree headset £55. Given that new bearings for the current headset will be £15+, the upgrade cost is only £40.

    Factory head-angle is 71 degrees, will I ruin it or make it better? Anyone done it?

    Can’t see a downside myself

    Rorschach
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    I was going to do it on my El Mariachi.But I quite enjoy the ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod once I’ve stop crying.

    Can’t see a downside myself

    Slightly shorter reach is a given, I think I can live with that. Potential for detrimental effect on handling is the gamble?

    Premier Icon Bez
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    I may be living in the 90s still, but personally I’d go for the 73 degree head angle 🙂

    Stooge is 69 degrees, so I guess that is a good start!

    Rorschach
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    Been there,done that.
    Original scandal was 72.Add a 440 AC fork and bingo…..73 degree HA’d death machine.

    Premier Icon Bez
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    For a long while I had a (stiff as fk) 395mm fork on an Inbred, which must have made the head angle at least 72 degrees if not 73. It was awesome, like riding a Tron bike through singletrack. Even took it to Morzine and les Gets one year and it was a complete blast 🙂

    Rorschach
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    (or any early Niner)

    Premier Icon Bez
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    Blimey.

    I think a steep head angle worked for me because my bike was “too small”, ie I had a short reach and stack so I was basically always on the front. That thing looks… quite different 🙂

    Hang on, I am going to slacken it out by 2 degrees… not make it steeper!

    Premier Icon Bez
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    I know, we just borrowed your thread for a while 😉

    Premier Icon Andy R
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    I’d do it, -2 degrees if you can. It’d be even better if you can get some forks with about 55mm offset.

    Ordered a -2 and a dropper post 😈

    Slightly shorter reach is a given, I think I can live with that. Potential for detrimental effect on handling is the gamble?

    The reach won’t get any shorter – the slacker front will drop the headtube forwards and down, cancelling out the rearward offset on the upper cup.

    First ride since fitting the -2 headset and I was impressed! Didn’t expect to notice much difference, but the front end feels quite a bit calmer/more stable with no noticeable downsides.

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