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FSA Orbit Xtreme Headset

4.46/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 97 grams MSRP : $64.00


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Product Description

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


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    Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by twiceforluck a Weekend Warrior from Troon, UK

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2010

    Strengths:    Absolutely brilliant! Bought about 4 years ago, no maintenance whatsoever. Been on 2 bikes, never anything but smooth: i.e. don't notice it's there.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I don't often write reviews but if a product is really good then I think it's right to do so.

    I always spend a bit more money on parts if I think it'll be worth it in the long wrong, and this is another piece that fits the bill. About £70 when I got it, but it comes with a 10 year warranty so that was the main reason for getting it. Since then (4 years) I've never had a problem, never even touched it!

    Well worth the money.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ae Forest

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Alpine Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   chris king

    Bike Setup:   Commencal absolut VIP, fox 32rlc

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian a Downhiller from The Swamp, FL

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2005

    Strengths:    I reviewed it in 12/02 and I am still riding with it. ZERO maintenance!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    If I ever need another headset this will be it if they are still making them.

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    Favorite Trail:   If I told it wouldn't still be

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul a Downhiller from Liverpool, Emgland

    Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

    Strengths:    Split lower crown, and quite low stack height.

    Weaknesses:    The upper cup has exploded. The bearing part of the cup has seperated from the part of the cup that inserts into the frame without the steerer bending or headtube ovalizing.

    Bottom Line:   
    Probably strong enough for a MTB just couldn't hack it on the BMX even though it was never crashed and both the frame and forks where faced and reamed to high tolerances (.025mm)

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    Favorite Trail:   Spital

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   Liesure Lakes

    Similar Products Used:   Race Face DH SL, much better.
    Got a Chris King Ti on order. Hopefully it will last a bit longer without wieghing in like a tank.


    Bike Setup:   Mountain- Orange Patriot 7+ with 1.5 headtube and Sherman Breakouts, Hopes, Mrp, Monkey Lite DHs etc.
    BMX- Trls 250s Ox-plat, Odyysey forks, profile cranks and hub with Ti bits.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Big Louie a Weekend Warrior from Stockton

    Date Reviewed: November 14, 2003

    Strengths:    Simple Design, uses quality 7075 alloy, uses 'proper' sealed cartridge bearings that only cost a couple of quid to replace from any decent bearing supplier, NOT these 'angular we rip you off price crap job bearings'.
    Split bottom race, no more beating the beggars out of your forks trying to get races off and on.


    Weaknesses:    Conix adjuster is pants, stick to star fangled nut set-up.
    I've had 2 now and both have come with a crap seal for the bottom bearing that is way too big to be any use, it looks as if they just found these 'seals' lying around the factory floor and thought 'we cant bin them, best stuff them in the packaging for our headsets to confuse people as to what they do'. Crazyness!


    Bottom Line:   
    Very good headset, simple to service, cheap bearings, looks nice in silver. The only problem I have is why does it cost 50 quid for two machined cups of 7075 and 2 bearings costing 3 quid each, bearing in mind a lump of 7075 bar stock is about 15 quid for 500g. At least 400% mark up on headsets, if not more! Not just having a go at FSA, all headsets are like this.....

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    Favorite Trail:   The mean streets

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Wooly Hat Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Richtey Scuzzy logic (the worst headset ever, bar none)
    FSA XLII (again absolute pants, angular contact crap bearings)


    Bike Setup:   Orange zero, hope hubs and wavey c2's, mavic, middleburn, azonic, irc....you know you want it....

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from The Swamp, FL

    Date Reviewed: December 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Zero maintenance for >3 years. Moved it to my new frame 'cause it is still as smooth as new. Looked under seals and grease is as clean as new.

    Weaknesses:    NONE

    Bottom Line:   
    A "Best Buy"!!!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   can't remember...too long ago

    Similar Products Used:   none, been on these for >8years, only changed because I wanted a black one rather than silver.

    Bike Setup:   Was Proflex 856 with NR-4 and Elite fork, now on a KHS FXT Pro frame

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeffrey Li a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: January 18, 2002

    Strengths:    easy to set up
    super smooth
    tough
    and all that you want


    Weaknesses:    none !
    the price is reasonable and you will not complain about this product


    Bottom Line:   
    this is a good headset and it is smooth and cheap
    i have crashed quite a few times in this headset and there is no problem at all..
    i especially like the piece of plastic which keeps the mud out... looks kinda cool..

    i will recommend this product to downhillers.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tai Mo Shan - Ho Pui

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Shun Lee Bicycles Co.

    Similar Products Used:   FSA Orbit II, FSA Orbit, Ringle

    Bike Setup:   Intense Tazer

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Rikard a Cross Country Rider from Stockholm, Sweden

    Date Reviewed: September 26, 2001

    Strengths:    Very easy to set up and I only had to adjust the headset once. No futher adjustments just ride on and on.
    Smooth feeling is a keyword for this product.


    Weaknesses:    The plastic ring at the bottom. (This is to protect the sealed bearings).
    A more secure construction please!


    Bottom Line:   
    Great headset for the money and maintenance free!

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    Favorite Trail:   XC

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   CykelCity

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Scuzzy Logic PRO

    Bike Setup:   SCOTT USA Pro Racing 2001. Manitou Mars Super. Shimano XTR/XT and some more components

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from NY, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001

    Strengths:    Very smooth, no creaking or anything like that, maintenance free.

    Weaknesses:    CONIX! It's a piece of crap...it came out when I tried to tighten it, it supposedly still works as long as it's in there, but I ended up getting a star nut instead.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great headset for the money, just get rid of the Conix.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Tioga Alchemy <--- piece of crap, but at least it was dirt cheap

    Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche frame, mostly XT some LX components, FSA Orbit Xtreme

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by bill dark from park city,ut,usa

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2001

    Strengths:    excellent machining

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Broke a headset on a Sunday called FSA Monday. Spoke to Tom ,recieved new headset on Tuesday noon,no charge exept for additional 1 day service. Kudos to FSA!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   everything in park city

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   supergo

    Similar Products Used:   dia-compe, varios others

    Bike Setup:   specialized m4 hardtail,cane creek wheels,manitou shock, avid brakes, cook bros cranks, raceface chainrings, styff thermoplastic bars, selle saddle,thompson seatpost,Fsa exteme headset,some shimano.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sean Murphy a Downhiller from Spokane, WA, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 1, 2001

    Strengths:    Smooth, Matinence free

    Weaknesses:    FSA conix

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had this headset on all my down hill bikes. It is the only part that has suvived. It is a great headset. I have never had to do any matinence to it and it always stays tight. The only problem I have ever had with it is the FSA conix. It is the goofy thing that they use to try to replace the star nut. It pulls out as soon as you try to tighten it. I would throw it away and get a star nut ASAP. I did that with in a week of buying the headset. They were expensive when I bought mine but now I think the price is down to alot less.

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    Favorite Trail:   Beacon Hill, Spokane, WA

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $95.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Diatech, Cane Creek, many generic headsets

    Bike Setup:   2001 Kona Stab Primo, 2000 Monster T, White 26" Sun Double Wide rims, Intense Down Hill Hubs, Michelen 2.5" rear tire, Tioga 2.3" front (soon to be michelen), Profile Mountain Bike Cranks, Dirt Works Gizmo Chain guide, Race Face 42t DH chain ring, Big Cheese pedals, Sram PC-51 chain, Shimano XT 11-32 cogset, Shimano XT rear derailer, Kona seat post, SDG Bog Boy saddle, Zoom 60mm Dh stem, Azonic PDW bars, Sram cheapo shifter, Gripshift grips, FSA orbit Extreme headset, 2000 Magura Gustav front break, 2001 Magura Gustav rear break.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Philadelphia, PA

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2001

    Strengths:    easy to assemble. Installed in less than a minute. Great finish. Amazingly smooth, durable, sealed bearings keep the grit and water out.

    Weaknesses:    would feel better if the bottom cup was sealed better although it hasn't affected the sealed bearings yet. Conix didn't fit an Amp Research fork i had.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great, cheap headset that you install and forget about and then never worry again. Would buy again but don't think i'll need to.

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    Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   supergo

    Similar Products Used:   AC (sucks), shimano xt (heavy), diacompe (broke it BMX)

    Bike Setup:   Giant ATX890 Tomac Edition, SID SL, XT, Cane Creek WAM TI

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tony Smith a Weekend Warrior from London, UK

    Date Reviewed: April 3, 2001

    Strengths:    Fit and forget

    Weaknesses:    err.... dunno!

    Bottom Line:   
    This is one of those products that you really can fit and forget... The sealed units keep out even the worst of the UK crud, and after two years, are still rolling as smooth as ever.

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    Favorite Trail:   Coed-y-Brenin, Wales

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Local shop

    Similar Products Used:   Many Shimano sets

    Bike Setup:   Specialised FSR, SID 100, Middleburn Chainset, Plasma rear mech, Sachs twist shifters, Time ATAC pedals, X-lite riser bars, RaceFace stem, Hope hubs on Mavic rims

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Pierre a Cross Country Rider from Gothenburg, Sweden

    Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001

    Strengths:    Very good quality, no problems at all!

    Weaknesses:    None, that I know of!

    Bottom Line:   
    A very good not too expensive headset that I can strongly recomend!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   CykelCity

    Similar Products Used:   FSA ORBIT XL 2

    Bike Setup:   GaryFisher Procaliber, XTE with some XT, CrossMax UST, SID SL.

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