Saturday, October 10, 2009 11.00am
By Guy Kesteven, What Mountain Bike
Whatever headset you need, FSA’s vast bearing buffet will probably include several versions and price points to suit.
This MX is a rock solid mid-price favourite with many fans. The large diameter forged and machined bearing cups give it a chunky look, but the stack height and weight are average.
The big cups also house metal bearing shields with deep skirt seals for compete coverage of the angular contact bearings.
The fact that they’re permanently attached rather than loose makes trap-free installation easy, and you’re less likely to lose bits or get them in the wrong order.
Despite the huge number of them on the road, problems are minimal and you’re likely to get a year or more out of the Orbit without touching it.
Replacement bearings and crown races are readily available, and white or black versions, plus integrated, integral, tapered 1in and even brake hanger-equipped relatives are all on offer for a similarly reasonable price.
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