Race Face Team SL Headset

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Race Face Team SL

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 27, 2001]
Warren Cress
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

seals out dirt & water very well. lite weight.
easy to service.

Weakness:

NONE

I have used this product for one year. I have serviced it twice. There has never been any dirt or water in it. The seals are easy to pop out in order to regrease the bearings. The thing never loosens up. Maybe the people that have reviewed this product and complaind about the tolanences not being what they should be got a bad one. I had a Cane Creek headset that was defective (which they promply replaced). To sum up my review I would for sure buy another one.

Similar Products Used:

cane creek, richey

[Apr 03, 2004]
Jo Blo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

-Oohhhh shiny!...
-'Works' in a very primitive sort of way
-Bearings appear to be good quality

Weakness:

-Impossible to adjust
-doesn't seem to seal out much at all
-even when (over)tight, still knocks

This thing is a P.O.S. I am totally unimpressed with Race Face on this one. I have enjoyed 3 sets of Race Face cranks, a taperlock BB, a set of their handlebars and a seat post, all of which functioned perfectly and really never needed any attention at all. Set and forget. But this piece of crap is hopeless. Even getting it at a reduced price, it just isn't worth the frustration. There is an omnipresent *clunk* on hard front-caliper braking, even when the thing is so tight it sticks. Plus, after a few months of use, the upper dust-cap seems to have warped and now sits asymetrically. The sealed cartridge bearings appear to be of a high quality, which is good because the machining tolerances are so loose, just about anything, dirt, water, squirrels... can gain access to those bearings. Overall design is just lacking.

Compared to the $30 Ritchey that lasted 5 years without a squeak, spinning smoothly the entire time, and the $25 Dia-Compe that survived the wettest, muddiest, most revolting winter Western France has ever seen, this headset is an embrassment to Race Face, especially when retail price on this hopeless piece of crap is around $130CAD.

Bottom line: this item was designed to look nice and never actually be used. It looks like a million bucks, and with the Race Face name on it, one would think it should be worth the poppy. Sadly, RF missed the mark on this one big time. I just hope RF will take this piece of crap back and refund my $ so I can get a King.

Similar Products Used:

Dia-Compe, Ritchey

[Jul 17, 2002]
Derek
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

cool image
good for cross-country bikes

Weakness:

HORRIBLE DESIGN - the old headsets (4-5 years old ?) had a shim that fit between the upper cup & the steer tube. By tightening the screw , you wedged the shim in & thus kept the steer tube from moving . The newer headsets lack this shim , thus allowing the steer tube to move even if your headset is on tight . This problem is made worse if you have triple-clamp forks due to the increased leverage they exert on the headtube. I recently switched to 6 inch Super-T's & have experienced this problem first-hand . My headset is creaking constantly & you can actually see the spacers on my headtube moving . And yes , I did loosen the upper clamps on my fork before tightening everything up . And yes , my headset is on tight with absolutely no movement at the cups . And no , my cups aren't cracked or warped . It's simply due to a terrible design . My LBS agrees & said that this is a common problem with this headset .

If you are a freerider or DHer , save youself the agony & buy a Chris King headset . Avoid this piece of [email protected]%*!! like the plague . Did I mention that I really think that this headset sucks ? YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE SPACERS MOVE WITH EVERTHING CLAMPED DOWN TIGHT !!!!!!!!!!???????????

Oh yeah , I'm also warrentying my Raceface stem since I can twist it on my steertube even when the screws are reefed on tight . But I'll save that rant for another time .

The only Race Face products I would buy are drivetrain related . I'm extremely disappointed & disgusted since I used to love this company .

Similar Products Used:

Ritchey A-Head set

[Jan 05, 2001]
Lee
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Weight, Looks, Seals

Weakness:

Its lose or tight, you can't get it so there is no play without it being tooooooo tight.


I have had it "fixed" by raceface twice now. They said it was just the top race, but I think it is something to do with the bearing or the races not alining well. If they go this sorted, then there would be nothing wrong with it. But now I don't want the hassle of it so a Chris King one is in the post to me.

Similar Products Used:

Cane creek s5
FSA xl ii
Cane creek C2

[Jul 31, 2000]
Leon Phelps Ladies Man
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, smooth

Weakness:

botom seal cant come out to overhaul

awesome headset, got it cheaper than a King and its lighter than a King (But Kings are awesome too)

Similar Products Used:

stock headsets, Ritchey

[May 18, 2001]
Eric
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Color, top cap, solid design

Weakness:

Poor tolerances

Nice product except for the fact that mine has a sticky spot. If I rotate the bars all the way left and then back to the right, just past center there is a tight spot. Rotating the bars through the tight spot will eliminate it, which to me implies a problem with the bearings. If it was the frame being non-parallel the stickiness would not go away with bar rotation. Rocky Mountain is meticulous with their frame prep and the LBS mechanic pressed the cups again just to make sure they are all the way in, so I do not believe the problem is in the frame. He also claims to have this problem on one of his bikes with a Race Face HS. I might consider trying a replacement, but I'm seriously considering ditching it for a Chris King.

Similar Products Used:

WTB Momentum, Shimano Dura-Ace/Ultegra/XTR

[Feb 07, 2001]
peter hendrix
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

still spinning smoothly after much mileage, seals really do their job,

Weakness:

none yet

smooth even after many bumpy trails w/team fatboy, i've seen what can become of a lesser headset, i believe that the ritchey was destroyed by my bikewashing technique by the way, however i've rebuilt my hubs twice (kings) and repl my
b-bracket once since i bought this headset and it's still just as good as the day that i bought it, it gets 5 flamin
sailors bcs of it's lightweight and durability,

Similar Products Used:

richey fuzzy logic, shim xt level,

[Feb 11, 2001]
prc
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

light

Weakness:

#$%&/ price!!, screw that comes w/ headset

This is a great headset. I'm not sure if it's as good as a Chris King but good enough for me. The screw that came with the headset was rusted after 3 months. Overall I recomend this headset, I just wish it were a little cheaper.

Similar Products Used:

Ritchey, Cane Creek C2

[Sep 03, 2002]
Bill
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

It is a headset.

Weakness:

Same as everyone else. The thing is never right, it is either too loose or too tight. I find that the problem is dependant on the outside temperature. If its hot out, it loosens up, if it is cold, it gets tight.

Do not buy Race Face Componentry that involves bearings. They cant seem to build a square bb that works either.

Similar Products Used:

Diacompe-aheadset - never had a problem

[Aug 28, 2001]
Aaron
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light, easy to take appart

Weakness:

Bottom bearings went out. And it is either too tight or loose.

I question the tolerances. The center ring on the bearings got pushed up. Great headset until the problems with the bearings.

Similar Products Used:

ATB

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