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.
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!
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.
a Weekend Warrior
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!
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.....
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
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
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..
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.
from Spokane, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2001
Strengths: Smooth, Matinence free
Weaknesses: FSA conix
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.
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.
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.
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.