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AGE / VALUE:   Head Tube / Head Set size posted by: Gralyn on 12/15/2009 at 8:10:35 PM
Does anyone know approximately what year most bike manufacturers went to the 1 1/8" head tubes / head sets? They used to be mostly 1" - but then sometime they went to the 1 1/8.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Head Tube / Head Set sizeposted by Warren on 12/15/2009 at 8:30:59 PM
Hey Gralyn...the mid 80's saw the first onset of 1 1/8" headsets in the mtn bike market. My first "mudsucker" had a 1 1/4" headset in '89. Road bikes using oversize headsets followed soon after but 1" still owns the market, I think.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Head Tube / Head Set sizeposted by Gralyn on 12/16/2009 at 12:47:12 PM
I have a couple road bikes from up in the 90's.....maybe 94 or 95 - but they still have the 1" headset. I have a mountain bike from 1997 - and it has 1 1/8". I know most everything now is for 1 1/8.....stems, carbon forks, etc. I'm just wondering how new of a bike I would have to find for it to have a 1 1/8" headset.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Head Tube / Head Set sizeposted by Joe on 1/25/2010 at 4:19:57 AM
I would say the same. Somewhere around 1997 I started to see 1 1/8" on brands like Fuji and Giant on the road bikes. But MTB bikes had larger sizes as far back as the mid to late 80's. It started with the higher end models and migrated its way to the lower lines over the course of a few years.
I've seen some real low end stuff still using 1" steer tubes.

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