Race Face Diabolus DH Freeride Headset Headset

3.5/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

Designed for riders who choose gravity over agony. The heat treated stainless steel construction with stainless steel angular contact bearings and the Water proof O-ring insure consistent high performance for many years. 175g


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cdfurniss a Downhiller from San Luis Obispo CA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2009

Strengths:    It has taken everything I have thrown at it so far. The flames do look cool too.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Judging from the other reviews this product is hit or miss. IN my case it was a hit. The headset has put up with plenty of rock gardens and Tahoe trails/ bike park runs and is as smooth as anything I've ridden. No adjustments necessary, It just works.

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Favorite Trail:   Rock Garden

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Orbit, aheadset (POS)

Bike Setup:   Specialized Big Hit II. The front fork is a 888 RC2X, a nice big triple to put some stress on the headset.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ero89 a Weekend Warrior from campbell, ca

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2008

Strengths:    looks

Weaknesses:    creaks and knocking after about 6 months of good riding

Bottom Line:   
this product craps out and has happened to two others i know of

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   azonic ds-1, vanilla130, juicy 5 , x-9

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stefan a Cross Country Rider from Wooster, OH

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2008

Strengths:    Looks Good

Weaknesses:    Junk

Bottom Line:   
Used this headset for one year for XC riding only. It started to creak and pop etc. and never really felt tight. My LBS installed it originally and checked it several times and they said it was as tight as it would be. I have never had problems with a headset before. This thing is junk. I will replace it soon.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek products

Bike Setup:   Niner MCR 9 geared steel hardtail 29er w/ Fox shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nitzan a Downhiller from Israel

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2008

Strengths:    Looks great. teh flames add alot to the look. bearings holding up with no problems so far.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I'm not an insane rider but my bike isn't having an easy life and so far the headset feels great. bought it 8 months ago with the frame.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Rosen & Meents

Similar Products Used:   Aheadset Chisel

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Rogue, DHX-5, Totem air 2008, 729 on ringle, magura louise 2008 venti, Hone/XT Shadow 2008, RF Evolve stem and HB.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cor-Mon a Downhiller from Bend, OR. USA

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2008

Strengths:    Bad ass looks! Gotta love the flames!! May not be a real strength, but what the hell.

Weaknesses:    Haven't encountered any yet

Bottom Line:   
I blew my last headset up, it was a cheap Aheadset that came on the bike. I had some intial issues, but that was due to the lower cup not being seated completely. Since then all has been fine. I love the control I get with it. The only other headset that I would go with is a King, but thought I'd save alot of dough and try out the Diablous. So far so good. If it goes to crap I'll write another review!

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Favorite Trail:   the fast ones

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Nothing in that range

Bike Setup:   Norco Rampage, lots of upgrades, this being one of them.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by YaMon a Weekend Warrior from Tampa, Fla.

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2007

Strengths:    Looks Great, fantastic finish

Weaknesses:    Bearings are crap. Forget about warranty.

Bottom Line:   
Took this bike on a MTB trip. Bearings basically came apart when it came out of box. Brought bike to LBS and the other one exploded on them too. Race face warranty sucks.

Think I am going to try Hope. Own a several of their products and they are ususlly bullet proof.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain, Jamaica

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Mailorder

Similar Products Used:   King.

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth dare.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marce from North Van, BC

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2007

Strengths:    Set and forget. Deep Cups and great bearings

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up review. After 3 years, this headset is fantastic. It just works. Bearings are as smooth as the day I got them. This headset has been on 2 bikes and has never let me down.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bikes

Similar Products Used:   FSA, Race Face Thermo SP

Bike Setup:   Cove G-Spot, RF everything....

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andy from Tucson

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2007

Strengths:    looks great, cheaper than king

Weaknesses:    bearings are crap and are shot after three months of riding.

Bottom Line:   
Pay the extra $40-$60 and buy a Chris King or be prepared to replace your headset as often as you replace your tires. I have king headsets that have lasted over ten years being transferred from frame to frame and those headsets are as good as new. The raceface though cant take more than three months before the bearings are shot and it develops play. I guese the other manufacturers still havenot caught up to king after all these years. Lower price doesn't make it a good value if it falls apart.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   fleebay

Similar Products Used:   King

Bike Setup:   07 Heckler w lyrik, xo, hadley wheels and juicey sevens

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Downhiller from Toronto

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2004

Strengths:    Deep cups, deeper then the pig dh pro. Looks great and is made strong. Nice to see raceface fixed all the little issues they had with the old sets

Weaknesses:    None yet, been on the bike for no more then a day

Bottom Line:   
So far the set is great. Took a few 5 footers just to see if the set held up after installation. Taking it to blue for the day tomorrow. I will do another review after the day is done.

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Favorite Trail:   grabbag

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Solutions

Similar Products Used:   Raceface, cane creek ( Poo ) CK

Bike Setup:   04 Atomic, Montster t's, 3.0 gazzi front, 2.6 kenda rear. Vanilla RC, danger bro stem, and blah blah more but no time.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marc a Downhiller from North Shore

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2004

Strengths:    Deep Cups, Sealed bearings, Great warranty

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Great product. Cheaper than King and a better warranty than FSA. Deep Cups give me piece of mind running a DC on a hardtail. 5 chilis.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   Cove

Similar Products Used:   Race Face Thermo

Bike Setup:   Cove Stiffee, Sherman Slider, Race face everything

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