FSA Pig HeadsetThis FSA headset is Heavy Duty! FSA's The Pig Headset features a forged chromoly lower cup, 12mm Deep 6061/T6 upper cup and oversized bearings. The Pig will keep your hunger for a smooth headset satisfied.
Some of the negative reviews of this headset are fair--it's bulky--it's not the lightest headset. Another concern voiced, though, is based on a misunderstanding. The concern was about ingress of dirt because the bearings aren't sealed. This headset is sealed. It doesn't use cartridge bearings, which are frequently called "Sealed Bearings". Unless you can see the bearings while the product is in use, then they're sealed, regardless of whether they're cartridge or loose ball. In addition, I have seen a parade of pig headsets take equal levels of abuse as they're cartridge bearing counterparts without letting any more dirt in than the cartridges do. In addition, cartridges mean fewer bearings in the cup and generally smaller bearings as well. The genius of The Pig is the oversized cup and bearings for a ton of high impact load-bearing surfaces. If you're a Clydesdale or you smash hard every day of the week, then The Pig will serve you better than many similarly priced cartridge headsets. This is a great headset. If you're concerned about appearances and the bulk of the headset doesn't suit you, fine.
We've been running this headset on a park/jump bike with no problems so far. Seems to be solidly built.
I bought this headset a while a go to go on my instigator. I really don't have a specific job for that bike, as such it is built for whatever. This headset has been on that bike through three forks, two stems and I'm on my second set of handlebars - as long as you maintain this headset with good, clean grease I don't think failure is a choice. I weigh around 300# and have put this headset through hell - it comes back every time.
I wanted to cut costs but not quality. The brand name speaks for itself. For me, at these prices I was able to afford it as well as not worry if I destroy it on any of my rides. Still working and having smooth movements for the last two years. I weigh 240 and this headset still keeps up with me with no problems. If in the future it does give away, I know that $20 is not going to break the bank.
This pig is a beast. Stronger then you will ever need, I rode one of these for nine years of hard abuse with no problems. I repacked it once and it was smooth running for the duration. It is a bit heavy but for this price it's a solid piece of kit.
So i bought this headset while putting together a fixed gear project, and was not mad at it- however, didnt totally love it either.... Its okay for the money, you probably cant beat it. But it is not a sealed bearing, and it also fits rather tightly..... Kind of hard to bang in. Other then that once on and fork installed your set. Feels smooth- still waiting to see how long its going to stay that way- hopefully a long time. Also the lower assembly sticks out a but further then the top :) just an fyi. Bottom line- Great for a budget headset.
While this headset is a great deal, it will not last long enough to make it worth it. If you consider how long it takes to install a headset and all the effort required, you're better off putting a little more money into it and getting a nicer, SEALED headset. The bearings quickly get dirt in it and required disassembly and re-lubing. Good luck not losing some of the bearings when you take it apart. Continue your search elsewhere for a better headset.