The new Dropset 1 headset – Chris King's first ever integrated headset design.
The Dropset 1 integrated headset is built to be precise and dependable when you need it, and sets the standard for quality integrated headset function, delivering precision performance that is built on the same pedigree of Chris King headsets from the past 40 years.
After making the very best pressed-in headsets for over 40 years, Chris King is releasing the DropSet™ 1, the first Chris King integrated headset. The Dropset 1 project started from the ground up, beginning with testing to analyze the forces at play in an integrated vs a pressed-in headset design, and discovering the unique problems that needed to be addressed.
The most significant challenge to overcome was that integrated bearings are not pressed into a cup and sit loosely in the frame. When bearings are not pressed securely into a cup they shift and move, rapidly losing preload. As preload drops, the bearings are more susceptible to creaking, damage, and failure.
All Chris King bearings are designed specifically for use in bicycle components as they wear in with use, rather than wear out. They are built to last a lifetime, fully serviceable and backed by the ten-year built-to-last warranty.
- Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
- 10-year built-to-last warranty
- Legendary made-in-house bearings
- Patented GripLock® retention design for exclusively reliable headset adjustment
- 41mm 45x45 upper bearing
- 52mm 45x45 lower bearing
- Compatible with Chris King baseplate or integrated crown races
- Compatible with Santa Cruz, Yeti, Alchemy, All City and more.
ABOUT Chris King
Since being founded in 1976, Chris King has become one of the most esteemed names in cycling thanks to the extraordinary quality, durability and performance of its components. Every product in the Chris King range is designed without compromise to offer the ultimate upgrade while the brand's complete commitment to responsible sourcing of materials and environmentally progressive manufacturing mean these precision components are built to last. Read more about Chris King.
Founded by real cycling enthusiasts in 2004, our passion for elite performance runs through everything we do at Saddleback. Our team of dedicated roadies, mountain bikers and triathletes practice what we preach to bring you the finest cycling products and a superior service to match. We're the official UK home of Castelli, Chris King, ENVE, HJC, Moots Cycles, PUSH, Sidi, Silca, Sportful, Stages, Troy Lee Designs and Wolf Tooth.