Syncros Hardcore Older Headsets

DESCRIPTION

  • Dirt kills. So our custom CNC-machined 7075 T6 aluminum headset is sealed with an impact-resistant Snap-on Delrin® boot, super-slippery Teflon® piston ring and positive-contact O-ring to keep the dirt where it belongs. On somebody else’s face.
  • The meek shall be eaten. Don't become lunch meat. Which is why our double-sealed upper bearings and double-sealed bi-directional angular contact lower bearings can handle those abusive and jack-hammering descents.
  • No fretting, freezing or misalignment. Instead, Syncros' precision-machined cups deliver perfect bearing fit for a lifetime of silky smooth rides.

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Sep 11, 2010]
    tubulargnar
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Solid and inexpensive

    Weakness:

    A wee heavy

    I got this to replace the cheap fsa headset that came with the $600 bike. I expected to replace little things like the headset at this price point. The syncros hc is definately strong and chnges the way the bike rides. It does seem to be an older model, doesn't have the dimples in the top cup and definately weighs more than 119g of the NEW hardore headset. I also recently upraded the fork to on-one carbon and now feel much more confident at speed and will hit those little drops and jumps I used to steer around. For the price, this is a smooth running, solid headset.

    [Oct 13, 2008]
    David Hakimi
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    I've owned several of the original Canadian Syncros headsets, and they were incredibly awesome. Better designed, and better looking than Chris King. HOWEVER.... those were the original Canadian made units. I just bought one of the new Taiwanese made versions on Ebay, and I have to say that I was very disappointed. Poorer finish, poorer tolerances, and overall poorer quality. I didn't even bother to install it, and sent it back for a refund.

    That being said... it was still probably an OK headset. Just not an incredibly awesome headset, like the original Canadian made ones. In its defense, it did still use Enduro Max sealed bearings. Enduro Max bearings, are just about the highest quality sealed bearings out there. Intense, Tomac and Santa Cruz use them exclusively on all of their full suspension frames.

    Weakness:

    Poor finish (compared to the original Canadian Syncros headsets), and somewhat sloppy tolerances. I say sloppy tolerances, because the bottom cup of this headset didn't feel nearly as smooth as it should of... with Enduro bearings. Also, it didn't seem to go together as easily as it should have.

    If you are looking for a headset in the $45 range, buy a Cane Creek S6 instead. Or... snatch it up, if you can find an original Canadian Syncros.

    Similar Products Used:

    Cane Creek S6 (best headset around for the money), Chris King (nice, but over-rated and over-priced), Cane Creek Solos, Cane Creek S6 IS.
    Also, the original Canadian Syncros headset. Bad to the bone... if you can still find one somewhere.

    [Jan 17, 2002]
    Kevin White
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super smooth, incredible tolerances.

    Weakness:

    No headset cap included

    Just as nice as they come, I saw it on sale and grabbed one cheap. Great deal at this price.

    [Oct 30, 2003]
    Saby R
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Will perform the way it is intended to perform, bought it on sale for a good deal. have the Syncros legacy name.

    Weakness:

    I question the qualify of the sealing system.

    When I purchased my SID Race I had the opportunity to examine the bearing of the Headset to my surprise,the outher metal (bearing holder) was rusted??? I pamper my bike more than my wife (so to speak) and I don't understand how this could have heappned since I donc ride in Mud or rain, maybe it's the humide climate of the east coast... Maybe the outside bearing was not greased prorely...Nevertheless I will be spending more time maintaining this piece wich is a bit of a pleasure for me to wrench on my bike... Otherwise I am a big fan of Syncros pre-GT era...

    Similar Products Used:

    Diacomp crap...

    [Apr 13, 2003]
    Greg
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Perfectly smooth, impervious to dirt, durable and looks great, what more could you want from a headset?

    Weakness:

    Only available in two colours??

    As I said it's smooth, dirtproof, strong and good looking. Plus it can be found for dirt cheap.

    Similar Products Used:

    Bunch of lower end and OEM headsets

    [Dec 17, 2003]
    Pat

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Looks sweet, seals are fantastic. Oozes quality. Turns very smoothly.

    Weakness:

    Mine loosened repeatedly even though it was properly pressed into a new DH frame that was freshly and perfectly faced and lubed. I wasn't real keen on ovalizing the head tube on my new frame so I chucked the Syncros and put in an FSA Pig that has stayed tight with the same star nut and stem that was used for the Syncros. All the evidence points to the Syncros headset being the culprit. Also, I think the cups are dangerously short. They just don't sink deep enough into the frame to suit me, even for XC.

    Nice but cups are too short and mine kept loosening up. The price was so good that I still think it was worth it. I ended up putting it on my beater. Buy it, but don't pay more than $25 and don't ride it hard.

    Similar Products Used:

    Pretty much every headset in existence. King, of course, is the best.

    [Jan 04, 2000]
    Murph
    Cross-Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    No slop
    Needs little routine work

    Weakness:

    None

    Have used this for 2.5 years now and have never had any problems at all. Every 4-5 months I pull the forks, clean out the old grease and add some new stuff. Never even had to regrease the sealed bearings. One less component to worry about. Now that Syncros has been sold will the same quality continue??

    Similar Products Used:

    King

    [Jul 19, 1999]
    Spaceboy
    Cross-Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    Looks good, light, so smooooth, stays smooooth (great seals).

    Weakness:

    Colour options are always good, but I guess that that goes against Syncros' black fetish. Has a kind of spaceship look.

    Great reliability, would buy it again. Stays tight and clean (I ride a lot in West Coast B.C. rain, and the bike gets lots of exposure to mud).

    Similar Products Used:

    Kona Impact, Dia Comp

    [Jun 03, 2001]
    Stefan
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    just an update:
    in use since 1997, disassembled twice for lubing, function still PERFECT. i run it on a custom hardtail with a rock shox judy xc suspension fork. often in rough and wet european terrain, no complains or disadjustments. a real good piece of equipment (like all my other syncros components)

    Weakness:

    some more scratches on the finish ;-)

    i would purchase the Syncros Headset again, but i think it will never break ;-)

    Similar Products Used:

    king headseat

    [Apr 27, 2000]
    DiRT
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Works. Hasn't failed

    Weakness:

    None yet.

    It hasn't failed me. It's as smooth as my king. I've not found any problems with water in the lower crown...

    I'll give it five because it is as good as my king.

    Similar Products Used:

    King, Diacompe, FSA

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