FSA Orbit MX headset review£50.00

Mid-price favourite

BikeRadar score3.5/5

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.

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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