When I mentioned on Spoke's Instagram and Facebook channels yesterday that I'd never owned anything Chris King, it was met with shock, awe and disdain. How could it have taken me so long? It's not that I haven't valued their quality and reputation, as Spoke reviewers Leif Roy and Aaron Young both run them. Leif's is three years old and Aaron's ten, both are spinning like the days they were purchased. When I asked Matt Whitaker, Chris King's New Zealand distributor what makes a Chris King headset last so long and perform so well, he answered with one word. "Precision."
Precision obviously comes at a cost, with a No-Threadset costing $260. But when you factor in that it will last you over ten years and probably through a few different bikes then it is money very well spent. At the time though, handing over that much money for such a small part seems like a big deal and to be honest that's why I've never done it, even though I've wanted to...
This new headset is technically for a long-term review, but how you go about reviewing something that lasts over ten years is something I'm yet to figure out. I'm now on a quest to find the longest running CK headset out there on a reader's bike. And I want someone to give me a good reason why a Chris King headset lasts so damn long. And you aren't allowed to say "precision."
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