a Cross Country Rider
from tempe, AZ, US
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2004
Strengths: appearance only
Weaknesses: will NOT get all the slop out between the fork and headset no matter how much you tighten the top cap screw. Constant clunk like others have reported. It needs a shim between the top cap and bearing race!!
There is no comparison between CK's headset and this POC. RF missed the target on this one.
Similar Products Used: Chris King on all my other bikes. Tried to save money on my Single Speed and shouldn't have!!
Bike Setup: Converted hardtail to SS
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2004
Strengths: -Oohhhh shiny!... -'Works' in a very primitive sort of way -Bearings appear to be good quality
Weaknesses: -Impossible to adjust -doesn't seem to seal out much at all -even when (over)tight, still knocks
This thing is a P.O.S. I am totally unimpressed with Race Face on this one. I have enjoyed 3 sets of Race Face cranks, a taperlock BB, a set of their handlebars and a seat post, all of which functioned perfectly and really never needed any attention at all. Set and forget. But this piece of crap is hopeless. Even getting it at a reduced price, it just isn't worth the frustration. There is an omnipresent *clunk* on hard front-caliper braking, even when the thing is so tight it sticks. Plus, after a few months of use, the upper dust-cap seems to have warped and now sits asymetrically. The sealed cartridge bearings appear to be of a high quality, which is good because the machining tolerances are so loose, just about anything, dirt, water, squirrels... can gain access to those bearings. Overall design is just lacking.
Compared to the $30 Ritchey that lasted 5 years without a squeak, spinning smoothly the entire time, and the $25 Dia-Compe that survived the wettest, muddiest, most revolting winter Western France has ever seen, this headset is an embrassment to Race Face, especially when retail price on this hopeless piece of crap is around $130CAD.
Bottom line: this item was designed to look nice and never actually be used. It looks like a million bucks, and with the Race Face name on it, one would think it should be worth the poppy. Sadly, RF missed the mark on this one big time. I just hope RF will take this piece of crap back and refund my $ so I can get a King.
Bike Setup: 2004 Blizzard with everything testosterone makes us buy for our race bikes.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2002
Strengths: It is a headset.
Weaknesses: Same as everyone else. The thing is never right, it is either too loose or too tight. I find that the problem is dependant on the outside temperature. If its hot out, it loosens up, if it is cold, it gets tight.
Do not buy Race Face Componentry that involves bearings. They cant seem to build a square bb that works either.
Similar Products Used: Diacompe-aheadset - never had a problem
Bike Setup: Yeti ASR - Lots of Race Face Componentry
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002
Strengths: cool image good for cross-country bikes
Weaknesses: HORRIBLE DESIGN - the old headsets (4-5 years old ?) had a shim that fit between the upper cup & the steer tube. By tightening the screw , you wedged the shim in & thus kept the steer tube from moving . The newer headsets lack this shim , thus allowing the steer tube to move even if your headset is on tight . This problem is made worse if you have triple-clamp forks due to the increased leverage they exert on the headtube. I recently switched to 6 inch Super-T's & have experienced this problem first-hand . My headset is creaking constantly & you can actually see the spacers on my headtube moving . And yes , I did loosen the upper clamps on my fork before tightening everything up . And yes , my headset is on tight with absolutely no movement at the cups . And no , my cups aren't cracked or warped . It's simply due to a terrible design . My LBS agrees & said that this is a common problem with this headset .
If you are a freerider or DHer , save youself the agony & buy a Chris King headset . Avoid this piece of s@%*!! like the plague . Did I mention that I really think that this headset sucks ? YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE SPACERS MOVE WITH EVERTHING CLAMPED DOWN TIGHT !!!!!!!!!!???????????
Oh yeah , I'm also warrentying my Raceface stem since I can twist it on my steertube even when the screws are reefed on tight . But I'll save that rant for another time .
The only Race Face products I would buy are drivetrain related . I'm extremely disappointed & disgusted since I used to love this company .
from Bargersville, In. 46106
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2001
Strengths: seals out dirt & water very well. lite weight. easy to service.
I have used this product for one year. I have serviced it twice. There has never been any dirt or water in it. The seals are easy to pop out in order to regrease the bearings. The thing never loosens up. Maybe the people that have reviewed this product and complaind about the tolanences not being what they should be got a bad one. I had a Cane Creek headset that was defective (which they promply replaced). To sum up my review I would for sure buy another one.
Bike Setup: Leader Carbon frame/Specialized Hard Rock FS Comp, all XTR and RaceFace.
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2001
Strengths: Color, top cap, solid design
Weaknesses: Poor tolerances
Nice product except for the fact that mine has a sticky spot. If I rotate the bars all the way left and then back to the right, just past center there is a tight spot. Rotating the bars through the tight spot will eliminate it, which to me implies a problem with the bearings. If it was the frame being non-parallel the stickiness would not go away with bar rotation. Rocky Mountain is meticulous with their frame prep and the LBS mechanic pressed the cups again just to make sure they are all the way in, so I do not believe the problem is in the frame. He also claims to have this problem on one of his bikes with a Race Face HS. I might consider trying a replacement, but I'm seriously considering ditching it for a Chris King.
Similar Products Used: WTB Momentum, Shimano Dura-Ace/Ultegra/XTR
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Turbo Scandium road, Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, D/A 9spd.
a Cross Country Rider
from Batalha Portugal
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2001
Weaknesses: #$%&/ price!!, screw that comes w/ headset
This is a great headset. I'm not sure if it's as good as a Chris King but good enough for me. The screw that came with the headset was rusted after 3 months. Overall I recomend this headset, I just wish it were a little cheaper.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2001
Strengths: still spinning smoothly after much mileage, seals really do their job,
Weaknesses: none yet
smooth even after many bumpy trails w/team fatboy, i've seen what can become of a lesser headset, i believe that the ritchey was destroyed by my bikewashing technique by the way, however i've rebuilt my hubs twice (kings) and repl my b-bracket once since i bought this headset and it's still just as good as the day that i bought it, it gets 5 flamin sailors bcs of it's lightweight and durability,
Similar Products Used: richey fuzzy logic, shim xt level,
Bike Setup: m2 stmpjmpr, ck racelites,full race face,xtr r-r blah,blah
from Farmington Hills, Mi
Date Reviewed: January 5, 2001
Strengths: Weight, Looks, Seals
Weaknesses: Its lose or tight, you can't get it so there is no play without it being tooooooo tight.
I have had it "fixed" by raceface twice now. They said it was just the top race, but I think it is something to do with the bearing or the races not alining well. If they go this sorted, then there would be nothing wrong with it. But now I don't want the hassle of it so a Chris King one is in the post to me.
these are 2 bikes im thinking about buying. i just wanted to get some opinons on each bike.
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