NOTHING Zeus ever made was superior to Campy. The headsets you refer to were certainly hard, to the point of being brittle. My experience is that the softer than Campy bearings would crack the races in a few hundred miles. They were also notorious for being difficult to keep in adjustment. Synergy Cycling Tech Services Austin, TX
From: verktyg <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Subject: Re: [CR] headset thread help - Zeus Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 21:57:51 -0800
Zeus made some headsets in the early 70s that were mechanically superior to those from Campagnolo. They were made from 60Rc to 64Rc through hardened alloy steel. They were the Gran Sort or Criterium models???
They had a stack height of 41mm which was similar to Campy headsets.
Here a guide to measuring stack heights.
Painted forks with chrome plated crowns and "socks" were usually only polished in the crown and bottom half of the blades. This left a rougher surface in the painted area for the paint to stick.
Chas. Colerich Oakland, CA USA
Jerry Hirsch wrote:
> I have just taken delivery of a Zeus frame I am going to restore. It came
> with an old steel headset that I want to replace with a Zeus headset. How
> do I determine what type of threading the new headset should be? Thank you.
> I also have a chrome question. I think I will have to rechrome the forks
> because the fork crown chrome is worn away. Can I have the entire fork
> chromed and then have the painter mask the fork crown and the bottom half of
> the fork and spray over the rest of the fork with paint? Is it ok to paint
> over chrome or do I need to have the fork crown chromed, and then the bottom
> of the fork chromed and leave an area where it will be painted mostly
> without chrome? Thank you for your help.