I have just come by a new frame which takes a semi-integrated headset...
What light, reliable headset should I go for that doesn't cost the earth (say under £70)? As close to 10mm stack height as possible is a bonus too.
Most headset seem to be around the 70-80g mark which is good but if we can go lower that is great
Cane Creek 10 Series Zero stack is listed as the lightest from Cane Creek, 62g (starnut and top cap not included in this?) for £30. The only issue is many parts are listed as being "polymer" which screams fast wearing to me especially when this cheap. The 40 series headsets go up to 89g which is not so impressive. Maybe 89g is good if it includes a heavy, top cap, bolt and starnut???
FSA headsets seem quite weighty but cheap.
Tune Bubu is around 65g (minus starnut, top cap and bolt) has a very low stack height but costs a fair bit (140 Euro). I am also not sold on Tune's general reliability.
The Extralite Scalhead seems like the only true WW option at around 45g (minus starnut, top cap and bolt), but is pricey again and the bearings look far too tiny to last too long in a British Winter (or Summer for that matter!). Any thoughts or experiences?
So it appears anything around the 60g mark (minus starnut, top cap and bolt) is pretty Weightweenie.
The only option besides going for reliability in the form of heavy Hope or CK seems to be "Mortop".http://www.purebike.fr/en/mortop-m78/mortop-hi-65-semi-integrated-headset-a1248.html
60g for the headset, 65g with top cap and bolt for £30 seems pretty good
Also says 5.2mm stack height
The only problem is many users on other forums report play particularly in the upper race, most likely due to the absence of a compression ring to take up any play.
So where does that leave recommendations for a light, reliable and cheap(ish) headset? Should I pay the extra for Tune? Will the durability be ok? Or should I take the hit on a few g's and go with Hope/ Cane Creek/ CK?
Many thanks in advance!