The sturdy, integrated Chris King Dropset 5 42/52 Headset is built for dependable performance on all sorts of terrain, whether road, MTB or gravel. Made from aluminium, it incorporates Chris King's patented GripLock technology, so you can be sure that, regardless of bumps, sudden stops, spills or skids, the steel bearings will stay put and your headset will remain freely adjustable. It's compatible with many Specialized MTB frames.
Chris King is renowned for the quality of its bearings, which are machined simultaneously with the same tools to ensure the inner and outer races match perfectly, and burnish with age so that they get faster the longer you ride with them.
That could be a long time, as they're built to last from raw materials sourced in local mills, using environmentally sound manufacturing processes and vigorous quality control. They are also fully serviceable, and Chris King's Lifetime Warranty means that, if any bearings or other part becomes damaged and hinders the function of your headset, the company will repair it free of charge.
You can also choose from a range of anodised finishes, so that you can match your headset to your Chris King hubs or bottom brackets and choose a more subtle, Sotto Voce option if you're not big on bold logos.
- Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA
- King Lifetime Warranty
- Legendary made-in-house bearings
- Patented GripLock retention design for dependable headset adjustment (US Patent 8662517)
- 42mm 45x45 upper bearing for 6.85-7.05mm bearing ream depth
- 52mm 45x45 lower bearing
- Compatible with included baseplate and 45-degree integrated crown races
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.