Race Face Deus headset review£77.00

Great apart from the sealing

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Race Face Deus bars and stems are class-leading items but the matching headset is okay rather than outstanding.

The 7075 aluminium cups keep weight reasonable and laser etched logos give collar and cuff co-ordination.

Stainless steel angular contact bearings are good quality and certainly smooth to start with, and the nickel-plated races should slow down the speed at which the housings corrode.

A fixed O-ring in the top race keeps drips from running down the steerer, and stops the fork dropping out to smash your toes when you whip off the stem with the bike in a workstand.  

Once it’s past the close fitting mechanical parts, however, filth soon gets straight to the vulnerable face of the bearings. This makes regular stripping and cleaning essential to keep them smooth and grind-free.

A five-year bearing guarantee makes the price more acceptable, but we’d rather the whole unit was better sealed and more reliable in the irst place.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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