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  • Stanton headset bearing size?
  • Jonno
    Full Member

    I know there are a few Stanton owners on here so wondered if anyone can tell me the lower bearing size for a Stanton headset? Mine are knackered and need replacing and I’m having trouble getting a definite size by measuring it and I can’t find spares on the Stanton website.

    Thanks in advance

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Probably should mention which model, or MTB/gravel at the very least

    Jonno
    Full Member

    The headset is on a sherpa so MTB.

    P20
    Full Member

    The bearing itself? The headsets were crap. Throw the whole thing and fit a new headset or lower cup. Depends on the frame, but the Sherpa runs an external lower cup. 

    Jonno
    Full Member

    Yes it’s an external cup. 

    What’s a good headset then, both external cups 1 1/8 to 1.5″ a quick Google suggests there’s not much choice apart from hope?

    vlad_the_invader
    Full Member

    Presumably FSA or Cane Creek would have something available as they seem to be OEM headset choice these days….

    northernsoul
    Full Member

    If it’s like the Slackline (and I think it is), then look for ZS44/28.6 Upper, EC44/40 Lower.

    simonhuscroft
    Free Member

    Depends what you want to spend. They have 44mm headtubes.

    my Switch9er came with the Stanton headset. I find it to be decent quality and well sealed  they are about £50-£60

    Hope 2 upper and type h lower would work. They are pretty well sealed.
    cane creek do one too (linked below) . Both would be about £70/£80 ish.
    https://www.biketart.com/products/cane-creek-40-headset-zs44-28-6-ec44-40?variant=40809445818547

    Ribble have the below but I have no idea what the sealing / quality is like but it’s well priced

    https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/level-44-headset-w-top-cap-bolt/

    And even cheaper is the below. Can’t imagine it being particularly decent though.

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/p/brand-x-zerostack-zs44-ec44-tapered-headset?color=black&headsetIsSizeAndSteererDiameter=ZS44+%2F+EX44+%7C+1+1%2F8%22+%2F+1.5%22&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_campaign=CRC_UK_GGL_PMX_SMA_MAN_MIX_ALL_NA_NA_NA_TIER3_NA_NA_Newstructure&utm_medium=base&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA8NKtBhBtEiwAq5aX2BJ8E5eUztDSaAoJg1W6edKrjRaQ9XMzbgb1H6FC7WMqfmudrd5rCxoCeoMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    andrewh
    Free Member

    I’ve got a Hope one for a 44mm tube gong spare if Simon above is correct and that’s what you need.  Black, good nick, comes with a split crown race.

    £30 collected (Edinburgh/Tweed Valley area) £35 posted.

    Jonno
    Full Member

    Thanks for all the info. Ideally I just wanted to spend a tenner on a newer set of bearings for my current Stanton headset, I just need confirming the size of the bearing.

    I have measured it and not sure if it’s 52mm or 51.9 out side diameter. I would guess 52 as that seems like a much more common size than the 51,9. 

    I think it is 52mm od 40mm id and 7mm height. Can anyone confirm? 

    tagnut69
    Free Member

    I would recommend you go to a bike shop and let them sort it out.

    simonhuscroft
    Free Member

    Email Stanton. I imagine they will be able to tell you the dimensions / have spares. 

    Or do the bearings not have any identifying marks on them? 

    Jonno
    Full Member

    Have emailed Stanton and posted on the owners group on Facebook but there seems to be lots of people asking the question and nobody with any answers.

    There is nothing as useful as a size stamped on the bearing, that would be too easy.

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Hello! Did you ever get to the bottom of this? Same issue.

    Jonno
    Full Member

    I never found out what size the bearings were I’m afraid. I did get a reply from Dan at Stanton and you can get replacement bearings from them for £35 a set. I ended up buying a new hope headset.

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Yeah it’s pretty annoying. I just took mine out to measure but the accuracy i got covers a number of options.

    comet
    Full Member

    On a Ti Slackline the headset dimensions are:

    Top: ZS44/28.6mm

    Bottom: EC44/40mm

    I fitted a Hope pick & mix headset.

    Hope (sic) this helps.

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Thank you comet. Forgive my ignorance but isn’t “EC44” referring to the cup size? The bearing reference isn’t that, is it?

    But yes I am just thinking it might be easier to get a hope headset with well-known bearings than try and work out what’s in the stanton one.

    Jonno
    Full Member

    Yes the 44 refers to the size of the cup, the sherpa has a 44 mm head tube.

    I went for hope for the same reasons as you state, the ability to get replacement bearings.

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Measured stanton bearings again with calipers…I actually think they are the same size as the ones in….a hope headset! Slight question mark about the angles on the faces of the top bearing but the diameters are the same.

    I’ve got some on order and I’ll confirm if all good and the sizes I fitted explicitly.

    dumbbot
    Free Member

    Hi, moons ago I had a shop change out the upper headset bearing on my Stanton Slackine(and headset) as it was a compression fit, so required removal to replace the bearing.(didn’t have the tools or the skills at the time myself)

    Anyway, they replace the bearing (which was corroded due to water ingress) and I thought all was good until I noticed there was play in the headset no matter how much I tightened the pre- load…..took to another shop and it turns out it was the wrong bearing fitted.

    My point of this ramble is I suspect that the angle on these Stanton headsets bearings is not the same as the common Hope ones although the same size…..which is what the shop chucked in the first instance, …that and do your own maintenance because shops are rubbish.

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Thanks for the headsup

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Just following up ….the hope bearings fit but I ended up swapping out the lower cups with hope as buying a lower headset from hope was only marginally more expensive than a bearing on its own.

    Have to say that not overly impressed with whatever bearings came in the stanton headset. A right state compared to the bearings in the hope bottom bracket that is the same age.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Much cheaper headset though, yes? Won’t be up to the same as a Hope (or similar priced headset by others).

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Think it was like 50/60 quid added to the bike cost when I bought it.

    Pound for pound the hope is miles better.

    I think with stainless bearings the stanton headset would be fine.

    mpa1980
    Free Member

    Sorry I should also say I changed the top angled ring thing that goes in the upper bearing for a hope one. It was only a few quid, the stanton one was a state and wanted to remove the doubt about the angle. The upper cup is still the original stanton.

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