Icons of cycling: Chris King headset

A component that’s become a symbol of quality and durability

This is one component that does what it says on the tin — or rather does what is laser etched on the outsides of its anodised bearing cups: it is the king of headsets. A Chris King headset is the ultimate piece of bike jewellery. A premium product with a price tag to match, it not only looks beautiful but works beautifully too — and is guaranteed to do so for 10 years to come.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.