Ronstan Orbit Series 40 Cheek Block

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Product Description

Ronstan Orbit Series 40 Cheek Block


  • Ultra Lightweight

  • Low friction 2-stage Orbital ball bearing system

  • Highest working load in its class

  • Easily fitted and securely retained Dyneema® Link head

  • Low profile and compact

  • High performance cleating

  • Recessed underside to suit curved mounting surface

  • Low mounting points for maximum strength

    Sheave Ø - 1 9/16 in.

    Max. Rope Ø - 5/16 in.

    Max. Wire Ø - in.

    Pin Ø - in.

    Max. Working Load - 715 lb

    B. L. - 1540 lb

    Weight - 1.1 oz

    Product Information


    Kilogram for kilogram of working load, BB and RT Orbit Blocks™ are the world’s lightest. To gain peak performance, we engineered out the heavy steel load straps, head post, shackle, full-length fasteners, and cleating accessories. Through extensive research and development, we replaced virtually all metal components with high-tech polymers and fiber equivalents.

    The unique orbital design allows the bearing to only be in the active areas of the floating sheave. This minimizes the mass of the inactive return race and hub.

    Weight and bulk are further reduced in the different block configurations. The ball bearing single and becket block has a through-sheave becket arrangement. The result? The lowest weight possible.

    Multi-sheave blocks have only single intermediate cheeks and an ultra-light and efficient head arrangement. This gives a 30% weight saving advantage over the nearest competitor. Other brands just link together their single blocks. This results in unnecessary double cheeks between each sheave, held together by a heavy steel channel across the top of the block.

    Highest working load in its class

    The orbital ball-bearing arrangement gives the largest possible bearing race diameter. This maximizes load performance. The proven Ronstan 2-stage bearing system features high compression grade acetal ball bearings and a secondary full-contact bearing. This gives minimum friction across the full working load range.

    The floating sheave and bearing system is supported by a fiber-reinforced load frame. The design was computer modeled to be stress optimized. The Dyneema Link is produced from FSE Robline SK75 fiber, which is 10 times stronger and lighter than steel, and provides the final connection from the block to the load point.

    Simple and secure attachment

    The Dyneema Link is easily fitted and is retained securely by a molded retainer clip. The flexible link can be left with one end attached to the block when fitting - no more lost shackle pins.

    The system is compatible with Dyneema Spectra strops, webbing and carbon connection points - much more so than steel loop tops or shackles.

    Low profile and compact

    The flexible Dyneema Link provides controlled rotation and 0° or 90° orientation. It connects directly to the head of the block rather than to an intermediate head post. This reduces weight and gives the lowest possible profile while allowing full articulation. Beckets have been carefully designed to minimize height.

    Fiddle block flexibility

    Becket fiddle blocks use a Dyneema® Link attachment for the sheet termination and are suitable for both spliced and unspliced lines. If you need additional purchase, a becket take-off can be simply added to any fiddle block version just by adding a Dyneema® Link.


  • Mainsheet systems on spinnaker sheet on dinghies to 5m (16ft)

  • Spinnaker sheets on dinghies, sportsboats and small keel boats to 5m (16ft)

  • Halyard, vang and backstay applications on boats to 8m (26ft)

  • Control line applications on larger yachts


  • Ball Bearings - High compression strength carbon black Acelta.

  • Stage 2 Bearing - Glass fiber reinforced, MoS2 impregnated Nylon

  • Frame/Cheeks - Toughened, glass fiber reinforced Nylon

  • Rope/Link - UV stabilized, multi-strand impregnated SK75 Dyneema®

  • Sheave - Carbon fiber reinforced, PTFE impregnated Nylon