- Unior Headset Press – Worth It?
PSA has got me looking at this
Is it worth it for nearly £100?
I have two headsets I need to install and LBS has quoted me £20 per headset to fit. I’ve had a bit of a bad run with mechanics and am considering doing it myself, but I am not interested in doing it the ghetto way at all.Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
Will it do press fit BB’s? If I were spending that sort of money I’d want it to do them as well. I know the Cyclo one will which is around £40 more. I don’t necessarily want press fit BB’s but the bike industry does seem to specialise in giving us things we don’t really want.Posted 4 years agotomhughes46Subscriber
I got the Cyclus one after a years of mallets/threaded rod. It really does make it much much easier and I wouldn’t consider not using it if I had a carbon frame. £35 ish, I would thoroughly recommend.
I don’t think it will do 1.5″ though. When I get my lathe my first job will be some adapter plates!Posted 4 years agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
I copied oldboy’s method method as I’d been told that steel headtubes as easy to egg and didn’t want to bust my new Inbred.
Does the 20 (no pound sign on my laptop) include facing? If not, are you going to get it done and then use the press yourself? How much do they charge for the facing? 20 just to press in a headset sounds like an awful lot!Posted 4 years agounovoloMember
I have just ordered the Unior one myself from a different source for less £
They have a eBay shop to ,and have a couple of other brands of headset press to cheapest being a ‘Kovys’ branded one for about £30.
I have some other Unior tools which appear to be really good quality so hoping the headset press is the same.Posted 4 years ago
curiousyellow – Member
That is great news! Thanks Northwind. I tried pulling the bearing out, but it seems to be held fast
Are you absolutely sure it’s an integrated? ie no cups at all, bearings straight into frame? No circlips or other retaining things? If it is then the bearings should come out easily, a wee bit of very gentle persuasion can be needed if there’s corrosion or dirt but I’d be very wary.Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
That is great news! Thanks Northwind. I tried pulling the bearing out, but it seems to be held fast. Should I keep tugging or is it worth getting one of the cup removal tools instead please?
If your frame really is integrated, the bearings literally just sit on a ledge machined into the headtube. There are no cups to remove. Chances are that there’s just a bit of corrosion part seizing the bearings into the headtube. If it were me, I’d soak the area with Plus Gas or WD40 overnight and then try taking the bearings out again by hand or maybe, very carefully with some sort of suitable lever if there’s a ledge you can get it under and there’s no chance of damaging the frame. Don’t lever directly against the end of the headtube etc, it’s common sense really.
Once you’ve done that, installing a new integrated headset is super easy, you just pop the bearings in, replace everything in the right order and adjust correctly.
You should also check the spec carefully, there are a few integrated bearing standards around. What frame is it?Posted 4 years ago
@BadlyWiredDog and Northwind
This is what my headset looks like, so looks like there is a cup there somewhere. Not sure if it is for the top or the bottom.
The bike is in storage at the moment, but I get it back on Saturday. I will take a look to confirm.
Thanks for taking the time to have a look guys!Posted 4 years agorobbonzoMember
Im thinking of getting this for headsets and dodgy pressfit BBs.Posted 4 years ago
curiousyellow- that diagram’s weird, the lagerschale- bearing shell- looks like a top cup but it’d be odd for a bike to have a top cup but not a bottom, at least, I’ve never seen it so I’m afraid I’m going to back out of giving advice without knowing exactly what’s going on!
I don’t believe you’ll need a tool- I think either it’s an integrated and you just change the bearings, or it’s a semi-integrated and… you still just change the bearings. No reason to replace the entire headset, it’s very rare you actually need to remove a quality headset to replace a bearing. But… I can’t say for sure.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers. I thought the diagram looked like a top cup, but I’ve never replaced a headset so I’m not 100% sure. Is this not what they call a semi-integrated headset?
From what I remember the bottom bearing did seem to be in pretty tight at the bottom. Didn’t try to remove the top bearing because it looked fine. I’ve ridden the bike through all of last winter so it could have settled in pretty tight.
Will using a 1.5 inch cup remover tool and rubber mallet to remove it if it’s seized risk breaking anything?Posted 4 years agoMacavityMember
Punch : think blunt chisel type thing.
Ice Toolz stuff is fairly good.Posted 4 years ago
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