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.
If you need a tough headset that can take a beating and are not afraid of extra weight, this is the one!
a Cross Country Rider
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
i was pleased with the smoothness of the headset but wasnt happy with the reliabilty.
a Cross Country Rider
from Arleta, CA, Los Angeles
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2010
Strengths: Durable, looks good, affordable price
Weaknesses: None so far
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.
a Weekend Warrior
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
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.
Bike Setup: 2007 specialized P.3, rock shox argyle 409, truvativ holzfeller OCT crank set & BB, holy roller tires,
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.
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....
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
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.
Bike Setup: Haro F3, Rock Shox Tora, Alex y303's, MTB front hub, Hayes 9 front disk, primo dirtmonster's, husselfelt bars and stem...
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Weaknesses: Non-sealed bearings arnt as smooth as sealed.
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...
Bike Setup: Big Hit, Monsters, all the big boy parts
from Albuquerque, NM
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2005
Strengths: It works, very well.
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.
Hi all, still a noob here, hope I'm posting in the correct place. I know this had been covered before in some posts but couldnt find answer to the bearing direction. I checked parktool tech manual and other website advised in this forum.
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Picked up a KMC chain for my chinese carbon HT build, claimed chain weight is 229g. After cutting about 5-6 links off, it weighed it at 273! C'mon KMC. My sram 951 chain was only 6 grams heavier!
I know it's less than 50 grams, but that 19% over the advertised weight. Gimme a break.
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