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FSA Orbit Z Headset

4/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 82 grams MSRP : $49.98


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Product Description

  • Alloy cups fit into 50mm OD headtube
  • Very low profile designed primarily for ATB's
  • Patented alignment tip for increased durability and performance
  • TH brand 36 degree Micro Angular Contact Bearings
  • Split 7075 aluminum crown race
  • Laser etched aluminum top cap
  • For 1 1/8" size steerer tube
  • Stack height - 9.8 + 3.3 = 13.1mm


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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alex from NJ

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2008

    Strengths:    Simple, very low stack, good strength to weight ratio

    Bottom Line:   
    The box did not include any installation instructions.
    So, for future frustrated non-pro mechanics, this is the installation order on the fork from bottom: thin rubber ring, crown race, bearing, cup, (top) cup, bearing, compression ring, cover, thin rubber ring, spacers, stem, top cap. Grease everything you mount. Compress the whole assembly correctly, tight the stem, slip the bottom and top rubber rings over the small gaps (I had the gaps filled with grease). Done - enjoy this very nice and sturdy headset.
    I rate it a 3 because of the missing instructions and the external sealing rings - Cane uses seals mounted inside...

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Scalpel '07, Reba Race fork, XT gruppo, Avid Seven brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by matt j a Downhiller from hansville

    Date Reviewed: September 1, 2007

    Strengths:    works good, have had it for nearly 2 years and have only had to retighten it once. relatively smooth bearings but nothing special. rains alot here in washington so i guess it's pretty well sealed. keeps dust out well.

    Weaknesses:    it's not gold.. looks boring.

    Bottom Line:   
    it works great there is nothing wrong with it at all! sure there is better but if you don't have the money for a $90+ headset this one will work fine, even if you abuse it it'll keep coming back for more, just be sure to do regular maintainence on it and keep it greased too the max. thats why i think mine has lasted for so long, i expect it too last much longer because the bearings and stuff are still in great shape.

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    Favorite Trail:   whistler stuff and mt. galbraith

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   downhill zone

    Similar Products Used:   yes, but don't know what they are called, my friend has an OD headset and his is loose and sh##ty all the time.

    Bike Setup:   versus blitz freeride frame with freeride components.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by shiny_car a Cross Country Rider from Australia

    Date Reviewed: October 12, 2005

    Strengths:    it works; compact low stack height

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    I needed a headset to suit a 50mm OD headtube and this is what my LBS offered; works fine, has well-sealed bearings that are smooth, and should last me well; I do XC and weigh 70kg, so don't stress the bike too much, and tend not to venture out if it's too wet!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Chris King


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Wesley Fraser a Racer from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 20, 2002

    Strengths:    Smooth, durable, and doesn't trap a lot of water like some.

    Weaknesses:    Comes loose very easily. I don't know if it's the top cap, some bearings that justdon't quite sit right, or a whole bunch a things, but everytime I rode, it came loose, so I had to keep it a bit tighter than I would normally like to keep a headset.


    Bottom Line:   
    It's not a Chris King ofcourse! But it works

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    Favorite Trail:   Kelso

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Action Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Joe-Blow OEM stuff

    Bike Setup:   Oryx Equipe 4000 GOld

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