The headset and bottom bracket are part of the soul of the bicycle, and essential for performance and reliability of the frame/fork ensemble. Unless you have very good reasons and can persuade me otherwise, a Métier Vélo frame fuselage (frame and fork together) will have a Chris King headset and bottom bracket pre-installed.
Chris King components have a legendary reputation for performance and reliability. They are super-durable, well-designed and of the highest quality, so they have become the de facto standard on a majority of handbuilt custom bicycles. There are very few bicycles at NAHBS that do not use Chris King headsets and bottom brackets. As a business, Chris King Precision Components represents the best of US manufacturing; their parts are made in Portland, Oregon, and they support their community and small builders. My personal experience with Chris King headsets is typical: I have a mountain bike with a Chris King headset that was installed in 1998 and has never needed adjustment; it still feels like new. Chris King backs up their headsets with an unheard-of 10-year warranty, and warranty their bottom brackets for five years. Métier Vélo is a Chris King OEM partner, which means that not only are you getting the best headsets and bottom brackets on your frame, you’re also getting a great deal.
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