Race Face Deus headset review

Great apart from the sealing

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £77.00 RRP | USD $122.47
Race Face Deus Headset

Our review

Initially smooth with a useful guarantee but we’ve got to ask for better seals, please
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Deus Headset (09)
Brand Race Face

Weight (g) 127
Available Colours Black Silver
Warranty Length 5 Years
Headset Type 1 1/8 inch ahead
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Material 7075 T6 Aluminium