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FSA Pig Headset

3.45/5 (29 Reviews)
MSRP : $19.98


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FSA Pig Headset: Forged CrMo lower cup, 6061 aluminum upper. Oversized 1/4" lower ball bearings, 5/32" upper bearings. 30.0mm crown race ID, 34.0 cup OD. Includes aluminum top cap, bolt, star nut.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kustomz a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2013

Strengths:    Simplistic in design with no frills to stump you on the set up. The graphics speak to exactly what you have... a big chunk of bike hardware.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
If you need a tough headset that can take a beating and are not afraid of extra weight, this is the one!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by danny walker a Cross Country Rider from middlesbrough

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010

Strengths:    when first used was nice and smoote , after about 2 hours of usage the baering cadge colapsed , i then went to my local bike shop to try fix and resolve this situation , they said the baerings could go in lose , after this is ran smoot , but 2 weeks later the barings colapsed and snaped .

Weaknesses:    snaped baerings

Bottom Line:   
i was pleased with the smoothness of the headset but wasnt happy with the reliabilty.

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Favorite Trail:   jf

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   peddlers

Similar Products Used:   cane creek


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kona03 a Cross Country Rider from Arleta, CA, Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2010

Strengths:    Durable, looks good, affordable price

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
After stripping down my Kona frame and trashing all the components this headset was a great value compared to others out on the market. The headset looks extremely durable, steering is smooth with no snatching, bike shop who put my bike back together had no issues installing. The laser etched logo and FSA look great too! I would recommend this product for anyone new to mtb doing a first build or experienced riders.

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Favorite Trail:   La Tuna Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek headset which came as OEM on my Kona bike

Bike Setup:   Kona Blast hardtail, Avid BB7 brakes, Avid Speed Dial 7 brake levers, Marzocchi Comp EXR 3 Fork, Shimano Deore/DS-2 Wheelset, Shimano Deore drivetrain components

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fisher_rider05 a Cross Country Rider from welaka, florida

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009

Strengths:    strong, smooth

Weaknesses:    not sealed, heavy

Bottom Line:   
This is a heavy duty headset that will stand abuse. The only problem is that the bearings need to be cleaned and regreased once a year.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   bontrager, quill systems

Bike Setup:   custom gary fisher hardtail

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

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    Cheep! There decent large race and bearings.

Weaknesses:    not very well seeled

Bottom Line:   
good afordable headset!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr Orange a Weekend Warrior from Switzerland

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2007

Strengths:    the pig is strong and will take any punishmint you throw its way. I have had no problems with the pig since the day i got it

Weaknesses:    none that i am aware of

Bottom Line:   
i have only used this headet on my DJ so i dont know about other types of riding but it is perfect for DJ'ing. Not planning on replacing it until it breaks or i find something better which i doubt i will.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   chris king, brave

Bike Setup:   2007 specialized P.3, rock shox argyle 409, truvativ holzfeller OCT crank set & BB, holy roller tires,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pedal Bike a Cross Country Rider from Park City, UT USA

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2006

Strengths:    The PIG takes a pounding on a full rigid singlespeed.

Weaknesses:    The PIG has no weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
Before the PIG I couldn't find a cheap headset that actually takes a pounding.
The PIG handles everything I throw at it.
I'm talking NORBA downhill course, baby!
Who cares about re-greasing.
When it has served it's time, throw it out and get another one....

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Favorite Trail:   John J. Rambo

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Ritchie crap...

Bike Setup:   Full Rigid SS

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by juan a Downhiller from melbourne australia

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2006

Strengths:    looks good

Weaknesses:    last 6 months

Bottom Line:   
you dont wanna clean your headset every month,,, unsealed bearings get dirty too quick!

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Favorite Trail:   barjarg

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Soki a Downhiller from Ellensburg WA USA

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2006

Strengths:    Great construction. Good materials. Looks great. Smooooooth and durable

Weaknesses:    not too sure about the non sealed bearings but it hasnt let me down yet

Bottom Line:   
Pretty darn good head set for the price. I’m using a hybrid setup and so far it hasn't complained one bit. I was worried about the dirt getting in it but it seems to be no real problem. The construction of the part is well laid out and the size of the lower race gives you a sense of comfort when doing drops. I am though quite surprised that 1/4" bearings would be this smooooth! Quick note though, I found that standard Valvoline black moly-grease "aka wheel bearing grease" works the best at keeping dirt out of this set up and also keeps the bearings protected better then a synthetic grease.

Good and quite use so far, if you want a good headset for your BMX or for your MTB for under $30 this is your best bet and if you are uncomfterble with unsealed bearings just get yourself the sealed version for another 20 samolians.

Cheers!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   Recycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   Crane Creek's'

Bike Setup:   Haro F3, Rock Shox Tora, Alex y303's, MTB front hub, Hayes 9 front disk, primo dirtmonster's, husselfelt bars and stem...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, BC

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2006

Strengths:    Works very well for 1 day

Weaknesses:    This headset gets contaminated as soon as you take it out of the box

Bottom Line:   
I'm a 210lb cross country rider.

Although I don't ride downhill, I'd have to agree with Matt's post that said, "Seals are about as good as putting paper round your headtube".

I've had two of these headsets and both got contaminated very quickly. In fact, my first headset was done so I stupidly went and got another one installed. After 1 day of riding, yes, that's right, 1 day of not very wet or muddy riding, the bottom cup was fouled and pitted. I have never had a problem with the top seal, just the bottom, and then you have a grindy headset that goes in the garbage or on your commuter (where it's been ever since). Did I mention that the same thing happend to the first headset as well...

Don't buy this headset. FSA does make some good products but this is just not it. If you want an FSA, spend the extra money and get an Orbit XLII.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything fun

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Other open and sealed bearing set-ups

Bike Setup:   TST Ti hardtail, Marzocci MX Comp ETA, FSA Orbit XLII, Thompson hardware, Shimano drive, Crankbrother Candys, Chris King Hubs, Mavic 717 rims, etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chase Winslow a Weekend Warrior from Greensboro, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2005

Strengths:    Cheap Cheap Cheap! Strong as hell, very elegant, 1/4" lower bearings, deep cups, polished finish looks trick.

Weaknesses:    Umm, none.

Bottom Line:   
Anyone who has trouble with this headset didn't install it right, that's all I have to say. It costs a WHOPPING $25 usd, and I have used the first Pig I bought through multiple frames over the past 2 years, and it stills works perfectly and has ZERO play. And if you do have problems, FSA has a very similar warranty to that of Chris King, and you don't have to spend over a $100 dollars to get it. The Steelset will only fit if you ream the headtube of your frame, which is retarded, and costs way too much. The Pig performs just like it's competitor's more expensive headsets, at a fraction of the cost, plain and simple. I like the Pig's so much, I bought two more for my other bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Street/DJ's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA/Re:Cycles Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   FSA Pig DH, Cane Creek Double-X, Aheadset, Chris King Steelset, Cane Creek Tank, Woodman Saturn 1.5.

Bike Setup:   2005 Banshee Scratch: Marzocchi DJ3, Wippermann 1G8 Grinding chain, FSA Grinder chainring, FSA Pig headset, Truvativ stem, Sun rims, Azonic 454 cranks and A-Frame

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

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2005

Strengths:    Its a grest strong headset, but best of all is it's price. It's elegant. Very, very smooth bearings when sealed correctly with lots of synthetic grease. I love hearing the sound of the bearing and grease sliding together. Its so silent and charming compared to my old cane creek headset. The cups are thick and wide. Which makes your frame look beefy and tough. The big balls in the bottom cage rolls nicely and lasts a lot longer than smaller sized bearings that are incorporated in other headsets.

Weaknesses:    People complain about weight, but how is a few grams gonna hold you from busting out tricks?

Weight is not an issue in this product, only large items that have significant differences in weight should be considered a weakness (such as a DJ3 compared to a Pike).

I wish this headset came in cool colours like Chris King Precision Components.

Some dirt catches underneath the seal at the bottom cup, but no dirt enters the headtube or the main body of the headset.


Bottom Line:   
Get this headset if you can't afford a Chris King. Its rolls so smooth and It performs so well that I bought two. One for my brakeless bike (not yet built up) and my current build. They are strong and never comes loose after first installation. I am proud to own an FSA pig DH/BMX headset. I believe it was one of the best upgrades to my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   street

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   Sportchek & www.ridesoul.com

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek Tank
TH Industries


Bike Setup:   Soul Cycles Loki, Psylo at 80mm, sram drivetrain, e13 chainguide + bash, FSA V-drive extreme cranks, Rhyno lites front and rear laced to formula 20mm hub and deore disc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Colchester

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2005

Strengths:    Better than running with no headset.......slightly

Weaknesses:    Crap bearings, races cracked and bent and the actual balls are flat spotted. Seals are about as good as putting paper round your headtube and even though i clean and mantain my bike nearly everday the headset is still crap. Cups are now also rusting and i look after my bike more than myself

Bottom Line:   
Downhill, dirt jumping, dual slalom, free ride...........MY ARSE!!

Road bike maybe

Now outstep the Chris King steelset. Now thats a headest!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mitch T a Downhiller from Cowgary

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2005

Strengths:    Easy maintainence, Basic design allows easy rebuild,Large Cro-mo bearings, Reliable, Low cost.

Weaknesses:    Non-sealed bearings arnt as smooth as sealed.

Bottom Line:   
This headset works. Not a problem with it. Just greese the bearing every 2 months or so and your set.
I use it for DH/FR and it takes everything I can throw at it. Buy this if your on a budjet, yet require a reliable headset. This won't let you down...

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Favorite Trail:   Gaps

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Bow

Similar Products Used:   Chris King, Aheadset

Bike Setup:   Big Hit, Monsters, all the big boy parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Smeagle from Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2005

Strengths:    It works, very well.

Bottom Line:   
This headset has worked flawlessly with no maintenance for over a year now. I've taken it apart twice, but there was no need to work on it; It's solid and smooth, the only significant difference between this and my King is weight.

Bottom line: it's held up to a year of trials riding, it's as strong as any headset you'll find out there. Get it and love it.

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Favorite Trail:   UNM

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Fat Tire Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek C2, Aheadset, Chris King

Bike Setup:   P.2
Rhinolite/XT wheelset
Chris King singlespeed
Manitou Flick
Avid 7.5" Discs

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