What Is a Headset on a BMX Bike?
A BMX bike headset is the all-important piece that connects the fork to the bike frame and allows the handlebar to spin. The BMX headset bearings make up the main pieces, but parts can vary depending on what BMX headset type you go for. Integrated headsets are the most common type these days, but there are also many good non-integrated headsets available.
What Size BMX Headset Do I Need?
The standard size of the BMX headset is 1 ⅛ inches. This measurement should match the diameter of the fork steerer tube. Some models come in a tapered option combining 1⅛ and 1½ inches caps, and there are race BMX bikes and youth BMX bikes with a smaller headset tube of 1 inch.
Other common parts are the BMX headset spacers that can alter the stack height, and the C rings that help center the fork in the headtube.
BMX Integrated Headsets VS Non-Integrated Headsets
Integrated headsets have become the popular choice for both race and freestyle BMX riders. They are given this name because the sealed bearings are placed directly into the headtube of the frame. This headset type is very simple to install and has a nice clean look to it.
Non-integrated headsets, also known as standard headsets, have separate cups that are pressed into the headtube to carry the bearings. This type of headset normally has unsealed bearings, so there is less friction created when the handlebar spins.
Give the BMX Headset a Good Grease
When replacing the headsets, we recommend that you give your new parts a good amount of grease. Greasing the headset will make sure all the parts are easier to maintain, clean and replace.