Spin Bling Ti headset  £99.99

9/10

Great quality Titanium headset for the same money as the more famous alloy one. "The finest headset in the world"? Well, It ain't bad

Weight 141g   Contact  www.spincycleworks.com

by Dave Atkinson   April 5, 2012  

Spin Bling Headset

If you like the look of Chris King's Titanium No Threadset but don't fancy shelling out 200 of your hard-earned pounds, then look no further than Spin's Bling Ti which you can have for half that. And it's beautifully made to boot. Spin describe it as "the finest headset in the world"; I don't think I'd go that far but it's pretty good.

It looks quite a lot like a Chris King headset, this; the shape is similar. Inside it runs on standard sized angular contact bearings that should be easy and cheap to replace when they run out. The body's machined from 6Al/4V Titanium and you get a matching top cap and a star-fangled nut thrown in, although Spin like everyone else recommend an expander wedge for carbon steerers.

Fitting's a piece of cake. The hardest part - setting the crown race - is rendered a one-hand job by the fact that it's a split ring. I've no idea why all headsets with cartridge bearings don't come with a split crown race, to be honest. The Spin race fits Chris King headests too, and Spin told us that they sell as many split races to Chris King owners as they do anything else. The cups can be fitted with a standard headset press. there's an O-ring in the bearing cap to stop water getting in, and it also handily keeps the fork in place while you're fiddling with the fitting.

In use it's been a entirely fit and forget. I shoved a bit of thick grease in the split in the crown race just to make sure no water managed to get up into the bearing and I've nothing to report other than that. It's held the forks in place through a wet winter and an inspection in the spring suggests there's not been a drop of water inside in four months or so. It runs very smooth and it looks great. Spin's website suggests that the RRP is £199, but we've never actually seen them selling it for that kind of money; it's always been £99 so that's the price we're reviewing it at. Given that you can have this 6/4 Titanium headset for the price of a Chris King alloy one, I reckon it's how I'd spend my money.

Verdict

Great quality Titanium headset for the same money as the more famous alloy one. "The finest headset in the world"? Well, It ain't bad.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Spin Bling Ti headset

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The finest headset in the world. Rotation & Steering in Spindustrial Space Station Titanium

The Spin Bling T-iCandy Headset. 100% Titanium. From top to bottom.

Light Fast & Beautiful headset in Spindustrial Space Station Titanium 6Al4V Ti

Spin Your Ride in Spindustrial mirror polished head turning style

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Construction: 100% Spindustrial Space Station Titanium from fork base to top cap

Size: 1-1/8" only

Type: Threadless external headset standard

Bearings: Sealed precision steel bearings; replaceable with any 36 degree ID industry standard bearing

Weight: 138 grams average including bolt and top cap

Finish: Spin Bling Mirror Polish - classic understatement with just a touch of bling

Extras: Star fangled nut included (we recommend an expanding fork bung for carbon steerers)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? yes

Would you consider buying the product? yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

 

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I've no idea why all headsets with cartridge bearings don't come with a split crown race, to be honest

Totally agree - it makes it so much easier to remove too should you change the fork or respray etc

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
5th April 2012 - 19:49

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shame they dont do it in 1 inch. i would have had one Sad

posted by russyparkin [576 posts]
5th April 2012 - 21:14

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Are there any structural advantages of a titanium headset over an aluminium one? Is this really better than an FSA one with a split race for £20?

posted by finbar [86 posts]
5th April 2012 - 21:44

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I would have presumed there to be a weight advantage. But it seems not.

Sp!n Ti is 138g

For 1 1/8" Chris King Ti, it's 143g

But for 1 1/8" alloy Chris King it's 98g.

Seeing as I have a 15 yr old alloy Chris king still going strong without ever having had a service beyond the occasional regrease, I think I know where I'd spend my money again.

That's not to say that this isn't a great headset - sounds like a quality piece of kit.

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posted by andyspaceman [211 posts]
5th April 2012 - 23:27

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@andyspaceman - titanium's heavier than aluminium for the same structure so no, it's not the lightest headset out there

@finbar - the main benefit is that 6/4 titanium is very hard and highly corrosion resistant. the spin headset is beautifully made with good sealing and high quality bearings. is it better than a £20 FSA one? yes. not five times better, but that's diminishing returns for you...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7243 posts]
6th April 2012 - 9:02

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