A Race BMX headset is more than just the bearings
To turn the handlebar on a race BMX freely a BMX bike headset is needed. A BMX headset is made from bearings, a c-ring and a top cap. In some cases, headset spacers are included. This will be mentioned in the product specifications. Some bikes and aftermarket frames even feature integrated headsets which help lower stack height and provide a cleaner look.
Should I choose a sealed or closed headset?
The most important part of the BMX bike headset is the bearings. Headsets typically come with either sealed or closed bearings. The key difference between the two is that a sealed bearing cannot be opened up for cleaning, but since it is sealed, they are typically no need to clean them.
Closed bearings, on the other hand, can be opened for cleaning by removing the rubber shields.
Give your new BMX headset a good grease
When replacing your BMX headset, we recommend that you give your new parts some grease. This will make the cleaning and replacement easier the next time. The grease is even more important if you own a closed BMX headset, where you want to be able to easily open the headset for cleaning or replacing the bearings.
Keep it tight
We recommend tightening your BMX bike headset once in a while. A Loose headset is common but can be fixed very quickly. The tools you need depends on the BMX bikes stem and headset, but a 6mm Allen key is the most common.
Start by losing your pin bolts on each side of the stem. Your stem should now be free to rotate. Next, tighten you compression bolt. Start by slowly tighten the compression bolt, to remove play. Rock the handlebar front and back to test if all the play has gone. When you have removed all play, tighten the stem bolts, and you’re ready to ride.
Be careful not over tighten the headset - A headset needs to be able to turn/spin.