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Headsets do not come any better than this.

Hopes conventional headset is made to fit standard frames and 1 1/8" fork steerers. They include custom made stainless steel bearings (which are replaceable). The cups, taper ring and crown race (which is split for easy installation and removal) are all machined from 2014 T6 aluminium. All headsets come complete with the Head Doctor. The bearings also incorporate their own sealing, and being made from stainless steel resist corrosion - a real advantage over a conventional steel bearing. This sealing is achieved through an adjustable taper ring cover and integrated rubber seal.


  • The conventional 1 1/8" headset is available in the 6 colours - red, blue, silver, black, gold and gunsmoke.
  • The integral headset is only available in black.
  • The integral headset is made to fit low stack 1 1/8" frames (please check drawings for exact sizing).
  • The integrated headset is made to fit in 1 1/8" frames where two bearings fit directly into the frame.
Mr MeekQuality headset bought to replace a cheap one supplied with a frame. The best comment I can make is that I have just ordered another one.
GlennieDelivered as requested and inserted into a old Santa Cruz which had an unusual original headset. Tested and working perfectly
DaveSmithThe most perfect mtb product ever made? up there with Thomson stems and posts. I've used them on 4 different bikes over a period of 10 years. The oldest one still runs like new
WaneI had originally ordered a well known headset in the USA, but the crown race would not fit, and I finally tossed it. I ordered the Hope Headset and what a difference ! I would highly recommend this to anyone, as it went together without a problem. I am very impressed, and will be buying these headsets in the future when replacement is needed. The crown race is split, so it fit perfect and the bearings lined up without incident. They do give you 3 shims, but I found that one was all I needed. It came with an expansion fitting, but I was installing a carbon fork with metal stem... so I used the star nut that was included with the fork -- no issues -- the screw fit perfect. I will buy again from Merlin Cycles going forward.
J. KellyBrilliant headset, fitted no problem and it is smoooooth. The Head Doctor is a great little thing too, so easy to install.
VangeebergenUltra smooth headset. Looks great in Orange (matching my Hope Hoops). The seals, the replaceable bearings and the overall build seem to predict a very long lifetime... Hence they cost a bit more...
Mr WilsonFitted this headset to my winter hack, feels super smooth and I'm sure it will continue to be so, usual Hope quality. No fuss, excellent engineering.
Mr mackenzieI've had a few of these headsets on various bikes. Always good quality and the split crown race makes installation easier too.
WixxyDouble the price of most other headsets. But will last for ever, I am told. Easy to fit and looks top-tastic!
Mr mackenzieQuality headset from hope. I've had these before, would happily buy again. And good service from Merlin as always.
Mr TomeyReplaced a 12 year old Chris King. Don't expect this to last that long on one set of bearings but at half the price this is beautifully machined and so far seriously smooth in use.
Mr spainA most superb headset, It arrived in a very small and stumpy knife tube and was so amazing looking that it was almost a shame to put it on the bike, a Pace 104 framed thing, which now that it has bearings again steers like a turny thing. Only downside is that I nearly crashed a few times checking out the headset's splendour while riding... stupid other road users and their ridiculous cars.
Mr mackayMade in the UK, very smooth bearings and well sealed against nasty weather. The supplied head doctor saved me from having to muck about with a star nut.
Mr LundThe bearings on the one on my other bike lasted 5 years, changed the bearings and as good as new again.
Mr BrentleyAfter much research I finally ordered the Hope Headset in red. It wasn't difficult to fit and looks great with my silver frame. I'm confident that with a little routine maintenance it will last me many years and I'm happy to recommend it.
Mr FitzGibbonVery quick delivery and high quality item. Ordered a blue one to match skewers and floating rotors. Looks great!
FreesterEasy to fit. Head doctor is genius as well as the split crown which makes fitting / removal a doddle. Lost count of the forks I've scratched trying to prize off crown race with a screwdriver. Will it last? Only time will tell... But experience of other Hope components I am hopeful :)
Mr MillsGreat product and the usual suberb service from merlin. So far the head set looks nice! And it works really well. Its only been a couple of weeks, so its hard to really review it.
Josh BGreat headset got mine in silver very well made and easy to install. I would highly recommend this headset to anyone building up a bike or placing theres.
Mr WrattenGreat headset for the new bike, excellent service from merlin too.
Mr HigginsFit and forget piece of kit that will last for years, well recommended, top quality engineering.