Da Bomb Da Rection AL headset review£40.00

Reliable and cheap

BikeRadar score4/5

This Da Bomb Jump/downhill headset has been resident on our Orange Patriot for ages now, and still shows no sign of giving up despite loads of abuse.

To be honest we stuck it in first because we thought the Iron Cross headset cap looked ‘Hell's Angel’ cool. Since then it’s handled everything from 160mm single crown forks to 200mm triple clamp Marzocchis, plus a particularly snowy Megavalanche, without complaint.

Deep alloy cups mean a big 37.3mm stack height but lots of mechanical overlap to protect the cartridge bearings. As a result we’ve done nowt to it apart from wiping out filth and smearing in fresh grease whenever we’ve switched forks.

Admittedly, the combined lower bearing and crown race is a bit rough now, but there’s no trace of drag or wobble yet. Machined alloy cups also mean it’s still trail viable in terms of weight. It’s good value too, although only black external cup versions are available.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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