- FSA Orbit X Black 1 1/8 Aheadset
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FSA Orbit X Black 1 1/8 Aheadset
Headsets are a surprising technical component. Bicycles owe their stability and their sensitive steering dynamics to their unique design. The headset is the critical element to ensuring performance.
Top Features of the FSA Orbit X Black 1 1/8 Aheadset
- Forged and CNC machined 6061/T6 and aluminium cups
- Patented alignment tip for increased durability and performance
- TH brand 36 degree micro angular contact bearings
- 7075/T6 crown race and aluminium top cap
- Stack Height: 18.4 + 13.1 = 31.5mm
- Weight: 95g
FSA headsets are carefully engineered and updated to deliver the highest performance and value.
Threadless headset in a classic shape with modern styling for high-end road bikes.
A bicycle headset attaches the fork to the frame, they consist of bearings and races which allow the forks steerer to move within the frames headtube. There are a few types of headset, these are threaded and ahead. Threaded headsets are the older type and use a thread on the forks steerer to adjust, an ahead type has no thread and uses a top cap to adjust the tension. Ahead headsets come in three options, external cup, internal and integrated. Integrated and internal headsets use bearings which fit inside the headtube and provide clean lines, whereas the external cup system uses cups which fit into the frame but are still visible. Most will use cartridge bearings which last well and have very low maintenance requirements, one thing worth doing is to switch the top and bottom bearing periodically, as the bottom bearings are more prone to wear as they support the weight of the bike and rider.
About the FSA brand
The driving force of bicycle component maker Full Speed Ahead is well captured in their name. FSA stays ahead of the competition through design innovation and manufacturing expertise. FSA's manufacturing base is in Taiwan, but they are truly a global company, with offices in the USA & Italy that collaborate to direct FSA's component development. FSA offers solutions for speed across a broad range of bicycle components; from headsets to wheels; cranksets and bottom brackets, Vision Time Trial & Triathlon bars and handlebars & stems. Why FSA win: Using ceramic, stainless steel, titanium and a half dozen grades of aluminium and numerous composite materials including molded, tubular and high-compression plate carbon fibre gives them the ability to apply the perfect material to each specific application.
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