Are you interested to learn more about the technical background?
1. Do I really feel the improved stiffness?
This depends on:
- Rider weight
- Stack height
- riding skills
If you have 50 kg, zero spacers with zero stack headset and you are riding very slow? Then you will not feel that much improvement.
If you have 80 kg, normal stack height and want to go fast, you will feel it! The improvement is 40% less elasticity. You will have the slight touch of a double crown fork.
2. Is a stiffer cockpit better?
Question: if you can choose between a flexy stem and a stiff stem - which one would you choose? Would you ever mount a more flexy stem to improve your cockpit feeling?
Be honest, you will never mount a more flexy stem if you have the choice, so yes, a stiffer headset is the better one!
Still stiff, when others are already done!
This headset (upper part only!) increases the stiffness of your 1 1/8" steerer tube. It's not about the stiffness of the fork, its about the stiffness of the handlebar for onesided loads.
Fast turns, sprinting or horrible rock gardens, a stiffer cockpit is neccessary for fast and hard riding. But it is not done with a stiff handlebar. The handlebar itself should have some small flex for symmetrical loads to increase comfort, but onesided loads should not make the system bend.
The one-piece spacer increase the stiffness further (one is included).
General improvement of the stiffness is about 40% ( measured at 26mm stackheight) compared to a standard headset incl. spacer.
Next to this the bearings of Stiffmaster are so huge and filled up with salt-water-resistant grease, that you can forget your headset totally.
Note: the minimum stack height is 14mm, but you should use always a Intend Spacer. With the lowest spacer the stack height is 15,5mm and this fits to every stem!
Price: 79 Euro (incl. VAT)
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Note: you can use all conventional spacers in addition to the Intend spacers. But the first always should be an Intend spacer. I do not offer "normal" spacers. You can get all Intend spacers individually if you do not know your riding height yet.