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Chris King DropSet 3 Headset


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  • Matte Mango, 41mm Upper/52mm Lower
  • Matte Turquoise, 41mm Upper/52mm Lower
  • Silver, 41mm Upper/52mm Lower
  • Matte Slate, 41mm Upper/52mm Lower
  • Navy, 41mm Upper/52mm Lower
  • Red, 41mm Upper/52mm Lower

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Why We Like The DropSet 3 Headset

Built for cyclists like us, the Chris King Dropset 3 brings an impressive amount of flair on our rides, for the entire life of our bikes. These durable headsets are built with decades of quality, and we’re excited to install them and forget ‘em on our own bikes.

  • Replacement integrated headset for 41mm upper headset measurements
  • Strong stainless steel bearings and durable and smooth
  • Works with most major brands bikes
  • Check original headset for fitment
  • Chris King has been making quality product since 1976
  • Item #CKG002D

[top cap, bearing cap] aluminum, [crown race, bearings] stainless steel
Steer Tube Diameter
1-1/8 - 1.5ing tapered
Headset Type
[upper] IS41/28.6, [lower] IS52/40
Claimed Weight
3.7oz (105g)

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 1

No packaging

This almost $200 precision crafted headset (I've always dreamed of having one) was mailed to me via UPS with absolutely no packaging. It was packed in a huge plastic bag without any cushioning. The headset itself does not have any packaging, FYI. I'm very concerned about packaging waste, but this is unacceptable. This review has nothing to do with the product itself, only the care taken in delivery of it to me.

>Rating: 4

Nice parts - hard to get a good preload

I've used it several times

Very high quality especially compared to the mild steel bearing IS-2 that came on my Cervelo. All of the pieces look great and should last forever. Assembly is another story - so far it is impossible to get the upper bearing snug enough to keep it quiet over hard bumps. Twisting the fork back & forth while torquing definitely helps but doesn't quite get me there. If I go back to the F*A upper bearing & cap, with the spec'd preload of 17 lb-in, I immediately have a quiet setup. I ride the DropSet 40 to 50 miles, release the bearing cap and stem bolts, retorque while twisting and ride another 50. I'm hoping I'll eventually achieve quiet.

>Rating: 5

Bought the Turquoise for the bling

I've put it through the wringer
True to size

It was a drop in easy swap of Head sets from my Cane Creek to the Chris King. Much easier than on the older bikes with bearings that are pressed in. The upper and lower Chris King bearings drop right in on my 2020 Yeti SB140. The only challenge I had was trying to get the Cane Creek crown race off the Fox shock. i use to use a screw driver and hammer to get these off in my older bikes. But this one was on really tight with no crack large enough to get a screw driver in. Took shock to my local bike shop and they took the Cane Creek off and put the Chris King crown race on. Took them 15 minutes and they didn't even charge me. The new crown race came with the Chris King headset I purchased so you shouldn't need to buy it separately. Since my Cane Creek headset was less than 6 months old, it really didn't need replacement, but I bought the Chris King Headset for the turquoise bling. Once I installed it, I felt this new purchase to be fully justified. It did improve my bike, Front end felt more solid and these bearings are so smooth. The best part was I was able to install my Cane Creek headset onto my Son's Yeti as a replacement for his creaky old head set. If you have a high end bike the Chris King Headset is a most awesome upgrade bling bling or no bling.

>Rating: 5

Awesome drop set feels like butter

I've used it several times
True to size
5` 9"
185 lbs

Great drop set would recommend to anyone wanting to upgrade


Will this fit the Allcity Cosmic Titanium Frame? I’m not sure what’s the difference between droplet 3,4 & 5. Please help. Thanks

Hey Raymond! The dropset 3 is the correct size for your frame. That headset fits a tapered steertube with 41mm on top and 52mm on bottom. Chris King marks their different size headset with a number. So the difference between the 3, 4, and 5 are going to be headset diameter.


I ride a 2020 Yeti SB165. Will this headset work for my bike? If not which Chris King headset will fit the SB165?

Yes this is the correct headset for a SB165 Cheers


Does this come with a crown race

Yes, it does