Once again, our engineers have been hard at work searching globe to find the optimum component packages for each of our top models.
The most significant change across the board will be the addition of Bike Friday's Threadless Headset on each model.
Our finalized 2013 Select Group packages will include the Threadless Headset.
The Threadless Headset has become the industry standard while the Threaded Headset has become more and more rare. The change will provide Bike Friday with more options to offer to you. [NOTE: The upgrade is for 20-inch Bike Fridays. The tikit already uses threadless headsets.]
Engineer Rob English points to the benefits of the Threadless Headest:
- It is easier to take the stem on and off since there will be no threads to slide over.
- The steerer is stronger because there are no threads.
- The headset is easier to adjust since it only takes a 5mm wrench.
The change allows Bike Friday to offer more price points for headsets, including the Bike Friday Threadless Loose Ball, Bike Friday Threadless Sealed Cartridge, Cane Creek and Chris King.
As Rob English points out, our only concern is the potential confusion for you accidentally loosening your headset when you just wanted to take off your stem, since the two clamps are right next to each other and each takes an Allen wrench to adjust. We will provide a warning sticker and a cap for the headset clamp.
Contact a Bike Consultant to learn more.