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FSA Orbit X Headset

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $59.99


Product Description

The smooth, lightweight Orbit-X uses 36? angular contact bearings, CNC machined 6061/T6 aluminum cups and 7075/T6 crown race which translates into an extremely smooth, lightweight headset.


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cosmo3 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2007

Strengths:    Very tough, still smooth after 4 years, nice looking, light, unpretentious.

Weaknesses:    Won't impress bike snobs like a King.

Bottom Line:   
Looks great, feels great, sure doesn't weight much. Occasional need for adjustment, but anyone who doesn't regularly adjust their headset replaces them a lot or lies.

I'm not a gentle rider. Potholes, cars, crashes, rain, road salt, grit snow, no fenders - and the only wear this headset has shown is slight rust discoloration on the metal on the lower bearing cartridge. A little Brillo (no soap) took care of that, but inattentive riders might destroy it that way.

This headset is currently in its 3rd frame, which is pretty gosh darn impressive, if you ask me. And still as smooth as a new King.

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Favorite Ride:   Franconia Notch

Purchased At:   OEM from Airborne.ne

Similar Products Used:   Chris King ($125!?) Cane Creek S-2 (also good), Cane Creek S-3 (not as good) Orbit XL II (overbuilt, less prone to stay adjusted), Aheadset SAS, assorted no-name junk

Bike Setup:   Now a Cannondale CAAD4 Saeco Replica with full D/A 10.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hamish a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2007

Strengths:    Weight and profile are tiny for the price.
You could train dolphins to fit it


Weaknesses:    Can't speak for durability yet

Bottom Line:   
I've never had a headset so easy to fit. It hammered into the frame really positively, both top and bottom. Getting the lower ring onto fork race was a struggle, but that may well have been the forks, and anyway, better too tight than loose. Then you slot all the pieces together and it actually "clicked" into place! There was effectively no need to tighten the top cap. Plus it is lighter than most and has a relatively low stack height. I can't say anything about the durability yet, but in terms of set-up and spec's, you need a good reason not to choose this. Oh and it wasn't even expensive!

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Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Woodman, unbranded

Bike Setup:   Ti racer, campag


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim in wa a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2006

Strengths:    smooth, well built

Weaknesses:    none at this time

Bottom Line:   
Nice headset, easy to use and is smooth. Plenty of headset for a road bike

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Favorite Ride:   any ride in the sun

Purchased At:   purchased with frame

Bike Setup:   DeSalvo Steel frame, campy components


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by innergel a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2006

Strengths:    Smooth, smooth, smooth. Looks good.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I put this HS on my track frame at the suggestion of the builder. He said that for a sealed cartridge bearing HS, you couldn't get much better for the price, and he was right. This HS is smooth and looks very nice. No issues at all.

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Favorite Ride:   constant left turns at high speed

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Spicer Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek S2, Cane Creek Aheadset, random no-name threaded HS on my beater fixie

Bike Setup:   Spicer custom aluminum track frame, Miche Primato Piste track group, Ambrosio tubular rims laced to Suzue Promax hubs


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by king4wd a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

Strengths:    Low maintenance cartridge bearings.
Stylish, smooth and affordable.


Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
This headset is smooth! With a lower profile than I expected, it looks right at home on My Italian frame. It was recommended to me by Mike (from Mike's Bikes) when I balked at the high price of the Record headset he had. There were some install problems, but that was due to the fork, not the Orbit, and it uses this nifty split lower race that speeds canging the cartridge bearings for maintenance.

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Favorite Ride:   Rides with more downhill than climbing

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Bikes, Yucca

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale OEM, Shimano DX, Cane Creek

Bike Setup:   Basso Coral, Campy Veloce group, FSA OrbitX headset, American Cassic post, Selle San Marco Ozono race gel saddle, 3TTT bars&stem, Fir Net97 rims, Vittoria tires



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Compatibility Q. CK headset and FSA Orbit X crown race

Like the title said, I was wondering If I can use the FSA OrbitX crown race with CK Nothreadset. I don't have the race puller and I have FSA crown race installed on the fork that I want to use with CK headset. My frame is coming this week and I have to travel very far to get this done. Does an ... Read More »

Installing FSA Orbit X headset on Ouzo Pro carbon fork

I'm installing a new Orbit X headset on a Ouzo Pro fork and have a couple of questions. First, I can't make sense of this aluminum compression ring. Without it, the headset seats fine. With it, the adjusting cone won't seat completely over the upper bearing cup. Can I toss this aside, or is ... Read More »

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