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FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro Headset

4.4/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 124 grams MSRP : $49.98

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Product Description

  • Forged and CNC machined 7075/T6 aluminum cups
  • Industrial cartridge sealed bearings
  • Stainless Steel crown race

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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jayem a Downhiller

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2013

    Strengths:    Strong, angular contact bearings, reliable.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought the 1.5 devolution version for my Turner a few years back. Never any trouble from it. More expensive than $50 bucks, but still a great value.

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    Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek, Chris King, Dia Comp, generics.

    Bike Setup:   Turner Highline.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by LightningSlow a Cross Country Rider from Indianapolis, IN

    Date Reviewed: November 20, 2009

    Strengths:    Sealed bearings. Smooth as butter. Bike feels like it knows where it's going on its own. No creaks, if you have a creeky front end...check headset. Mine had all kinds of junk come out, like a pinata. Came as a bundle from Blue Sky with my new fork.

    Weaknesses:    None to date.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Headset. If getting in a bundle, adds a great deal of value to the other product. Makes ZERO noise. Sealed goodness. Did I mention I got this thing for free?

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    Favorite Trail:   96th Street

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Blue Sky Cycling

    Similar Products Used:   Stock KHS jive.

    Bike Setup:   Khs Alite 150 , Tora 302, Alivio (for their strength), Hussefelt DH stuff (cause im huge.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Juanmoretime a Cross Country Rider from Urbana, Illinois USA

    Date Reviewed: October 9, 2009

    Strengths:    Cheaper than Chris King.

    Weaknesses:    Crappier than Chris King. Bottom bearing totally seized after a year of use. I spend most of my time on my road and tt bikes. Probably had less than 1,000 miles on it.

    Bottom Line:   
    Started feeling kind of knotchy a week or two ago. I ordered a replacement headset since I knew the bearings were going out. In my 38 years of cycling I have never seen a bearing completely seized. Considering this is supposed to be one of there top of the line headsets I'm pretty disappointed. Never had a King go bad.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any with dirt.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   Blue Sky Cycling

    Similar Products Used:   Chris King, Acros and Cane Creek.

    Bike Setup:   Misfit single speed 29er.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by brklynfbm a Cross Country Rider from Brooklyn, New York

    Date Reviewed: June 3, 2009

    Strengths:    All the components in this headset have surpassed all my expectations. I'm most impressed by the strong headset cups and O ring seals.

    Weaknesses:    Only aesthetics

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this FSA headset five years ago after my friend suggested it. I've installed it on three different frames with a mallet, a rolled up magazine and an allen key. It works perfectly every time and never needs any adjustment. I didn't like the bold logo, so I sanded back the cups and polished them to a bright silver finish. I like this headset over the Chris King because the cups are stronger and the O-rings aren't as flimsy. If you want a colored headset and don't intend of switching it from frame to frame a Chris King is perfect too.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Streets of NYC

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Chris King

    Bike Setup:   Phil Wood/ Sycip frame, rigid fork and 9-speed internal Shimano Alfine hub

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Georg a Cross Country Rider from Tigard, OR, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 11, 2007

    Strengths:    Quality build - stainless bearings/crown races, sealed cartridge bearings, carbon fiber top cap, 10 year warranty

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Very high quality sealed bearing design without the sticker shock of the Cris King unit. SS crown race/bearings, o-ring sealing and cartridge bearings for $80.00.

    Note: If you hear creaking sounds when you ride and think it is the fork or seatpost clamp think again - if you have a headset with a split crown race (easy to install as no tools needed) that could be the culprit! This crown race is solid (press fit) and solved the problem for me.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   Chris King, Aheadset OEM on Specialized Enduro

    Bike Setup:   2005 Specialized Enduro 130, 2007 Fox Float RL 130 fork, XT disk brakes, 6 inch/7 inch rotors, Mavic 819 Disk with Conti UST tires, FSA seatpost, Thompson stem, all XT.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Anthony from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 15, 2006

    Strengths:    Easy to install, smooth as butter, well made

    Weaknesses:    Expensive, but still half the price of a Chris King

    Bottom Line:   
    My first time installing my own headset, no problems. Smooth and easy to adjust. I'm a 6'6" clyde riding rigid, so you know this thing is getting a pounding. Buy this if you want a Chris King but don't want to shell out the huge bucks. I'm glad I did.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Similar Products Used:   Aheadset, cheap threaded headsets

    Bike Setup:   Surly Karate Monkey, rigid fork, 9 gears, v-brakes, Surly torsion bars.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Borislav Dopudja a Cross Country Rider from Dugo Selo, Croatia

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2004

    Strengths:    Extreme pro is briliant headset. Smooth and strong like a rock. Water sealings are the besto ones I have seen on the market. Product is completely set and forget. I drive around in WERRY WET conditions, and while hubs chain pedals were failing me, headset did not. Now finally I have waterproof bike.

    Weaknesses:    In werry wet conditions sealed cartridges have to be oppened and lubed once in half year. I suggest some waterproof grease for external marine usage.

    Bottom Line:   
    This headset is expensive, but it is completely worth the price. I drive like a maniac, some bike parts was failing me like they were made of butter, but this holds! :D

    ** if someone is buying headset because of wet weather, I suggest to loog around for stainless sealed bearings, and Shimano DX 30 pedals - real sweet.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $140.00

    Purchased At:   Alan Buhin

    Similar Products Used:   Few other headsets. Nothing special, they all died fast.

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale caad3 frame *WITH ADAPTER* for normal headset and fork mounting. Marz. Z1 FR. Hayes 8" and 6" hydr. Mavic ex321, alpine 3, X.9 full, and some other verry nice stuff.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Col a Weekend Warrior from UK

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

    Strengths:    Long, trouble free, service free life. 10 yr warranty against bearing failure. Value for money.

    Weaknesses:    None. But a split crown race would have been nice.

    Bottom Line:   
    Value for money.
    More than adequate for all regular XC & F/Riding.
    Fit & forget. Requires little/no servicing. Only looked at it twice in as many years (once at each fork service) now into 3rd year.
    Performance & warranty of a Chris King for half the price.

    Buy one of these if you want value for money, otherwise save up and get a King!

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles

    Similar Products Used:   Usual array of cheap & mid priced items.
    Note: I initially ordered the non PRO (cheaper) version.
    I liked the split crown race, but the lower dust guard was made of a brittle plastic, & was broken out of the packet. Sent it back & got the PRO instead. Worth the extra.
    Looked at:
    Hope XC, but only 1yr warranty.
    Chris King.......Its undeniably the best & if I had the money I'd get one too!

    Bike Setup:   Orange Sub 5. Fox Vanilla R125 front, SID rear. Deore & XT. Hope M4 mono's.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Uncle Liu Bill a Weekend Warrior from Hongkong

    Date Reviewed: May 31, 2004

    Strengths:    Smooth, strong, no maintenance and easy to instal.

    Weaknesses:    Not likely to have any.

    Bottom Line:   
    FSA's product is always trustable and reliable. This headset is easy to instal and needs no maintenance. It is
    working as smooth as silk. You just put it on and forget about it. If you don't have the money to buy a "KING", this should be the 1st choise. To my own opinion, you really don't need to buy a "KING".

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    Favorite Trail:   KamMaLuen Trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Golden Bike Store

    Similar Products Used:   Richey WCS (Poor product) not worth mentioning.

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8000 and all the goodies.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by reed nunnally a Cross Country Rider from kentucky

    Date Reviewed: May 14, 2001

    Strengths:    smooth and strong

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    you dont hear much about this brand cus they dont advertise much but damn if they dont make a good product, smooth and just plain works like a headset is suposed to do. It came on my bike so i dont know a price but if i ever get a new bike i will splerge and buy another.

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    Favorite Trail:   briarhill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   aardvarkcycles

    Similar Products Used:   lower end headsets

    Bike Setup:   Pure addiction, sid race, all xtr, crossmax ust, race face next carbon cranks, race face system stem, race face taper lock bottom bracket, easton carbon handle bars and seat post, selle italia notrox seat, fsa headset, 22 lbs.

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