1 1/4" Bike Friday Threadless Cartridge Alloy Black

This is our entry level threadless headset. It has black steel cups and hybrid cartridge bearings. The manufacturer calls these bearings hybrid because the cartridge is not completely sealed, along steertube face/ surface, there is a bit of a gap where you can see the balls, but they are indeed self-contained in a cartridge unit and have a familiar cartridge style seal when you remove the fork and inspect the bearings. This headset feels just like a cartridge headset, SMOOTH.