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FSA Orbit UF Headset

4.58/5 (12 Reviews)
Weight : 102 grams MSRP : $36.00


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Product Description

  • Forged and CNC machined 6061/T6 aluminum cups
  • Upper cup uses 5/32" caged ball bearings
  • Lower cup uses sealed needle bearings
  • Upper and Lower water seals


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Diamondhead a Weekend Warrior from Jersey, UK Channel Island

    Date Reviewed: December 6, 2009

    Strengths:    light, strong, good looks, reliable, and water proof (so far)

    Weaknesses:    Only available in black, and it dosn't make me a better rider :(

    Bottom Line:   
    Could have spent a lot more money, and done a lot worse, I've had mine for a couple years now, and it looks and works like new. The only maintenance needed is to disassemble, clean, and regrease, do this annually, it's easy, and it takes all of ten minutes, spend the rest of your time riding!

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    Favorite Trail:   Any trail with rocks-n-roots

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $27.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle.com

    Similar Products Used:   Cane creek (junk), and Woodman (good)

    Bike Setup:   One-One Scandal 22lb 1x9 5" travel trail bike.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: February 12, 2007

    Strengths:    Much better then the stock dual roller bearing Dia Compe headset that came stock on my 1996 GT Ricochet. Needle bearings in the lower cup are great. The top cap of the top cup is made of metal (the Dia Compe's was actualy made of plastic and cracked 1/2 way around after 15 months of expanding & shrinking in hot & cold weather). Glides like silk after years of use.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent headset, that should of been stock on my 1996 GT Ricochet and it would of saved me $30, the cost to have it installed and the time I lost cycling while my bike was in for service.
    Bottom Line: The best headset (upgrade) for my 1996 GT Ricochet & the second best when compared to my W.T.B. Momentum C.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Frankford Cycle (1998)

    Similar Products Used:   Stock Dia Compe headset on my 1996 GT Ricochet & W.T.B. Momentum C on my 2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk.

    Bike Setup:   1996 GT Ricochet.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ukrider a Cross Country Rider from England

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2006

    Strengths:    Good build quality, price, smoothness, easy to assemble.

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    Only bought this recently so cannot vouch for its long-term durability though I suspect it'll last a long enough time given due maintainance every now and then (check grease). The headset was a bargain at £14GBP and seems impressively well machined/designed for that price. There was very little grease in the bearings initially so make sure you pack the bearings in grease before fitting (as the manual states). Assembly was straightforward with everything fitting and tightening up perfectly with no play or grind/friction when done.

    Very happy with it for the price paid. Recommended.

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    Favorite Trail:   ones that go downhill

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Crappy cheapo headset that comes standard with a Saracen DirtTrax 4.

    Bike Setup:   Saracen DirtTrax 4

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Trevor a Cross Country Rider from Tillsonburg, Ontario,CAN.

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2005

    Strengths:    light, strong, cheap

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    great headset!!!!!! cheap as dirt!!!!!! you are spending soo little to get sooo much!! best bang for the buck there is!!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   fanshawe park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   first cycle works

    Similar Products Used:   crane creek

    Bike Setup:   KHS 904r frame, firex team,717's,ritchy stem and bar, thompson post, HFX 9's, trans am C2 seat

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by PickledEmbryo a Cross Country Rider from Mid-England

    Date Reviewed: January 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Discreet, alloy / rustless, easy to service, no noise, laser -etched graphics makes a nice touch.

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    Best for the money, just needs re-greasing with lithium based grease once a year and then your on ya way with a no hassle headset.

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    Favorite Trail:   Cannock Chase

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Mark Anthony

    Similar Products Used:   heavy dia compe with nasty plastic bits

    Bike Setup:   Viper F40 elite easton alu (www.woollyhatshop.com), Alloy stiff front fork, Deore lx transmition throughhout, Avid SD 2.1 levers, Avid brake cantis, FSA orbit UF hdset, Mavic x517 rims laced with Micheilin wildgripper sprint tyres in green.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tommi Bass a Cross Country Rider from U.K

    Date Reviewed: October 30, 2003

    Strengths:    its cheap, its fabricated well.

    Weaknesses:    None at this price chaps!

    Bottom Line:   
    This has taken a punishing over the past year. Two monster 30 mph crashes,plus loads of larking about. I think this product is very good, i would love a king but over in the U.K it costs about £110,thats a lot of f*@$ing cash eh! Parts are very expensive over here..sometimes double in price, so this will do untill i can blow about two hundred bucks on a headset.

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    Favorite Trail:   ya sisters house

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Halfords bike hut (u.k)

    Similar Products Used:   tooooooo many ta mention.

    Bike Setup:   merlin xc frame,raceface seatpost,wtb rocket v cromo saddle,kore lite stem ,avid custom drilled levers and suped up 7 'v',black comp lock out 100/120 forks,fsa uf headset,deore hollow tec crank which is customed machined to run a single chain ring,mavic d521 rims,dt spokes deore hubs,salsa liplock,dmr chain cage,lx rear with custom jockey wheels,easton monkey bars etc.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by eric hoefer a Weekend Warrior from NY

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2003

    Strengths:    Bomb proof durability extremely low maintanance just install and go ride the crown race installed without a tool.

    Weaknesses:    none after a year of use

    Bottom Line:   
    amazing product i will be using this headset for many years to come and when i finally wear it out i would be extremely comfortable buying another one without thinking twice about it. 5 flamin chillis

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    Favorite Trail:   hunter mtn

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   universal cycles

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   wildwest silver with xt lx kit rs psylo fork and other goodies

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Robert Thompson a Cross Country Rider from Leicestershire / uk

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2002

    Strengths:    nicely designed (i like the laser-etched logo's) keeps the water out and is light, easy to maintian.

    Weaknesses:    fairly costly at £23 british pounds. Stem cap comes joined with the star-fangle washer so you have to bang out your old star fangle thats wedged in the stearer tube

    Bottom Line:   
    Read it was one of the better headsets for under £50, so went and bought one. Headsets are an upgrade which improves the handling of ya bike. No problems as yet, took a while to bed in but now its smooth and steering is greater than ever!

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    Favorite Trail:   fields of gold

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $39.00

    Purchased At:   local bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   circuit comp headset - DONT BUY THESE... lasted only 7 months. Dia compe Ahead set - good but heavy

    Bike Setup:   Viper f-40 elite frame (www.woollyhatshop.com), wieniemen 512 rims, Panracer smoke, avid sd 2.0 brakes, shimano stx groupset, Bomber Z4's

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by JD a Weekend Warrior from York

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2002

    Strengths:    Easy to install.

    Weaknesses:    the intructions! - somwhere in there it states "lubrication before fitting is not recommended" like a pr1ck i followed this and 4 months later it starts squeaking - guess what - a dry bottom race... i think i've saved it though.

    Bottom Line:   
    Gives a really solid feel, once it beds in needs no further adjustment. Seems "indestructable" as i have stacked it quite impressively a few times lately!! (especially considering the 14.5 stone lump up top!!

    Good kit.

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere muddy

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Halfords!!!

    Similar Products Used:   Tioga (OE on Marin) and other crappy no-name stuff

    Bike Setup:   MArin Nail Trail Y2K, Avid SD7, XT/Deore blah blah like it matters

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nick from Tempe, AZ

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2002

    Strengths:    Here's my one year follow-up review from the one below. Still going strong, and I only have had to clean it three times in a solid year of Arizona dust.

    Weaknesses:    Still none

    Bottom Line:   
    I swear by this headset. After a year of breaking just about every part on my trials bike, this thing is still with me. It has withstood the destruction of *4* rigid forks without any sort of damage whatsoever. No pitting or ovalizing of the bearings, warping of the cups, nothing. I recently bought a slalom bike that came with a King headset, and I will be selling it soon, and replacing it with one of these bad boys, and using the surplus cash to improve areas of my bike that are actually important. You may want to drop the Conix setup for a star nut, but that's just a personal preference thing and won't affect performance at all.

    Installation is easy, the bearings are quality, the seals are very good, it's easy to overhaul, and it's reliable. Cartridge bearings may be all the rage but loose bearings are easier to clean up and replace. Cheaper too. Few companies offer this kind of amazing price to quality ratio.

    Do you really want to spend $90 on a HEADSET, for the love of God? The performance difference just isn't there!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Stuff by Chris King, Ritchey, Race Face, plenty of others


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from Tempe, AZ

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

    Strengths:    The Conix design is pretty slick. Needle bearings on the bottom are nice for load distribution (more contact with the cups= less concentrated impact = less pitting) Great value at the price I got it.

    Weaknesses:    Slightly heavier than some. The conix nut can be difficult to remove from the steer tube (but not as difficult as a star nut most times.)

    Bottom Line:   
    I don't think I'd recommend this headset for DH (though I've never tried it) but the truth is, if you ride cross country, weight is really the only issue you have to look at. Buy this for $15 and replace it every two years when you pit the races, and you can go 12 years for the price of a King headset.

    It's just a headset. It works fine. I rode XC with a crappy Giant OEM headset for 5 years before I realized that part of the bike needed maintenance of any kind. And guess what? I took it apart and it was fine. This is a great place on the bike to save money without sacrificing performance.

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    Favorite Trail:   urban trials

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   swap meet

    Similar Products Used:   Quite a few, but none of the high end jazmataz

    Bike Setup:   Planet X Zebdi with all the fun bouncing gear.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Marty a Weekend Warrior from Moncton, NB, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

    Strengths:    smooth... umm... it works

    Weaknesses:    a tiny itty bit damped feeling for the first 2 minutes of riding.. but this is cutting a hair in 4..

    Bottom Line:   
    smooth working affordable gear.. would be nice to try out a king or RaceFace one.. but for the cash.. i dont think i coulda done better.. this thing is built to take a relativly good beating.. angled needle bearings on the bottom.. the one bearring the fork will beat up if you cetch air, and to keep thins affordable.. normal.. bearring up top.. rubber seals.. keeps thing clean.. little less maintenance... all good! :)

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   stock, normal, everyday type aheadsets

    Bike Setup:   Giant 840, '01 Judy xc, xt 'V' brakes, lx drivetrain, titec stuff

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