WOOdman Axis Headsets: Elevating Durability and Performance in Cycling

WOOdman Components has earned a reputation for producing rugged and reliable mountain bike components over the years.
In 2005, WOODMAN introduced the market's only Dual Bearing System (DBS) headset, a groundbreaking innovation that set new standards in strength and smoothness. This headset left an indelible mark on the industry and was even hailed as "The best headset there is!" by Mountain Biking UK.

Now, let's delve into the technology behind the WOOdman Headset.

In 2005, the DBS headset was a game-changer, specifically designed for high-performance mountain biking.

Why was the DBS headset series designed?

It’s because a headset has to cope with both radial and end thrust loads, which are too much for a single bearing to cope with.

WOOdman’s patented DUAL BEARING SYSTEM is a revolutionary design that uses 2 stress-specific bearings to handle each kind of load effectively. The result is a headset that gives the smoothest performance and trouble free operation. That is why WOOdman headsets are the only choice of the world’s cycling champions!

WOOdman DBS headset

(WOOdman 2008 catalogue)

Woodman Headset series

(WOOdman 2010 catalogue) 

Looking at our older catalogs reveals that sealing, durability, and smoothness are the primary priorities in WOOdman's headset designs.

The DBS series of headsets, known for their excellence and popularity, have been bestsellers for many years. But we didn't stop there. We continued to innovate, introducing semi-integrated and fully integrated headsets while also launching the lightweight Axis series, inspired by the DBS concept.

The Axis series is focused on the details, for bike headsets, one of the crucial element is the bearings. WOOdman bearings are sealed, with a retainer design for the top bearing and a full-ball and full-grease design for the bottom bearing. This meticulous design not only extends the lifespan of our bearings but also enhances their durability, enabling them to withstand even the most extreme riding conditions. 

Another standout feature of the WOOdman Axis headset is the fork crown race. Its design facilitates easy installation without the need for special tools. The metal ring on the fork crown prevents deformation during installation, and a seal ensures better post-use maintenance. As a result, they are the ideal choice for upgrading the headset on road bikes or MTBs.

bike crown race  


WOOdman's legacy in making headsets spans nearly two decades, offering not only durability and smooth operation but also a comprehensive range of specifications suitable for nearly all types of bikes, whether for mountain or road bikes.

Here are the specifications currently available for purchase:

External Cup (EC) Headsets:

EC34: Fits 34mm head tube with 1 ⅛” steerer forks.
EC37: Fits 37mm head tube with 1 ⅛” steerer forks.
EC44: Fits 44mm head tube with 1 ⅛”, 1 ¼”, and 1 ½” steerer forks.
EC49: Fits 49mm head tube with 1 ⅛” and 1 ½” steerer forks.

EC37 headset EC34 1-1/8" headsetEC34 EC44 tapered headset

Semi-Integrated (ZS) Headsets:

ZS44: Fits 44mm head tube with 1 ⅛” steerer forks.
ZS49: Fits 49mm head tube with 1 ⅛” and 1 ½” steerer forks.
ZS56: Fits 56mm head tube with 1 ⅛” and 1 ½” steerer forks.

ZS44 ZS56 headset Upper ZS49 Bottom EC49 headset ZS44 ZS44 headset

Integrated (IS) Headsets:

IS41: Fits 1-1/8" integrated head tube and uses 1 ⅛” 36/45 headset bearings.
IS42: Fits 1-1/8" integrated head tube and uses 1 ⅛” 45/45 headset bearings.
IS47: Fits 1-1/4" integrated head tube and uses 1 1/4” 45/45 headset bearings.
IS52: Fits 1-1/2" integrated head tube and uses 1 1/2" 36/45 headset bearings.

IS42/IS52 headsetIS41 52 headsetis52 30 headset

1 inch threaded and threadless headset:

For both 1" Campy and JIS standards

 1 inch threaded headset silver1 inch threadless headset


Now that you have a better idea of what sets our headsets apart – we prioritize performance, durability, and ease of installation – you can confidently enhance your bike's steering system. With our precision engineering, good quality materials, and excellent compatibility, you'll enjoy a smooth and dependable riding experience!

Explore our extensive range of headset options: https://woodmancomponents.com/collections/headset

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