Race Face Deus XC Headset

DESCRIPTION

The Deus headset is designed for those who pine for long XC rides. Featuring a lightweight 7075 aluminum construction. High performance stainless angular full ball contact bearings keep steering smooth. O-ringed top race ensures a snug, waterproof fit. 104g

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 30, 2010]
heuer27
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

looks good ,cartridge bearings

Weakness:

poor quality in general

Initially I thought I had scored a bargin with this headset, getting it for £20, retail being about £70 in the UK. I fitted it about 6 months ago to a brand new frame and fork and rode this bike once per week until recently I heard some strange noises coming from the headset area.Closer examination revealed that the crown race has stretched and now is loose on the steerer. the headset is scrap after about 40hrs use. So much for the two year warranty, race face dont want to know. I'm really disappointed as I have other RF components on both my bikes and they have been A ok . In contrast my other bike has had a hope headset from new 5 years ago and all I've had to do is regrease it once a year. In the UK these items sell for the same price but I know where my cash is going for the replacement.
I've given it 2 value chillis but overall one . I got it cheap but it only lasted 6 months which is terrible for their top end xc headset.I cannot recommend this headset to anyone which upsets me as I have been a faithful customer of Face face components for years.

Similar Products Used:

fsa , hope ,aheadset , crane creek,

[Mar 11, 2010]
dubdryver
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Inexpensive, Fairly Light, durable, good finish, no play

Weakness:

I don't know if others rating this headset so badly installed it incorrectly, or over tightened or what..I haven't found a weakness.

I have not had a fault with this headset. Actually, I didn't really ever think about it until I was starting to think about my build for a new bike. It has been flawless..I think I may have greased it up after a lot of post rain rides during fl. rainy season, but that isn't worth faulting about..that is more or less routine maintenance. It has held up just fine, no play, no adjustments..fit and and forget.

Similar Products Used:

various cane creek pretty sure they were S1s and S3s, and one AHEADSET back in the day. I only had a problem with S1s and AHEAD.

[Jul 23, 2007]
Chris Van Pelt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light Weight

Weakness:

Bearings and Casing were shot with only just over a years use.

Never seemed to fit well right off the bat. Developed creaks after only a month or so. Had to replace it after just over a years time.

[Mar 07, 2006]
Evan Price
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Looks pretty bling

Weakness:

durability...see bottom line

For a top of the line raceface headset this one was finished within a year, granted its ridden pretty hard but not in a lot of muddy stuff at all. bearings were pretty rough after six months and now after a year a lot of the stainless ball bearings were sheared in half and the headset was a throwaway...time to invest in a King...

Similar Products Used:

Cane Creek S2

[Sep 27, 2005]
Andrew
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid well build, pretty good looking

Weakness:

None so far

Unless you are only looking for colors this is every bit as good of a headset as king. Save yourself some money and get one on your next bike.

Similar Products Used:

King Cane creek

[Oct 12, 2006]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Lightweight, looks good.

Weakness:

Poor durability.

I used this headset for 3 months on an XC bike and other 9 months on a cyclocross bike. After a year, the bearings were completely contaminated (falling apart in my hands). In contrast, I have a Chris King headset that has lasted over 6 years so far.

Bottom line is: Do not buy this headset. Either spend more to get a King, or spend less to get an inexpensive FSA or Cane Creek.

[Aug 03, 2005]
Andrew
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

function, looks, weight, got it free with forx!

Weakness:

none at all

Since fitting has worked perfectly in all conditions, never had to even think about it again let alone touch it. perfect.

[Feb 06, 2006]
mark
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

price, looks, quality

Weakness:

none I can tell

Just from the looks of this headset I could tell it was high quality.After 2 years service no problems. Just as good as a king.

Similar Products Used:

king-shimano-dia compe-wtb ect.

[Nov 12, 2004]
Eric L
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks really cool
Works really well
Damn light for a sealed bearing headset
Still smooth

Weakness:

None

This headset performs as well as the Chris king steelset I have on my Freeride bike. I had a FSA Orbit DL on my
XC before, but I decided to get a sealed bearing headset, so I chose the Deus. This headset is Chris King quality.

Similar Products Used:

Chris King Steelset headset, FSA Orbit DL

[Sep 12, 2004]
Ben

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks good, seals good (so far)

Weakness:

none so far

Since installation I've never had to adjust or anything. Put it in, and forgot about it. I ride in some very gritty conditions, sand, mud, whatever and haven't had any problems. I think it's time to purchase another one for my other bike.

Similar Products Used:

shimano, cane creek

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