When first examining and holding the 110, you notice the quality that went into this product, the smooth bearings, nice anodizing, gorgeous shapes, and precise machining, especially of the Interloc spacers. On close examination, you really notice the precision of all the components, which are all explanatory. It’s one pretty baby!
Once the preload has been set properly, the 110 IS has been smooth as silk, and I have never felt any binding, notching nor looseness from the system. I have plummeted it through ugly rock gardens, slammed it into ledges, and pretty much tossed any abuse I can manage at the 110 IS. I have washed and hosed the bike often, and tend to get a lot of water up on the headset. It has been thrown into Mother Natures wrath regularly, with extreme temperature swings, with rain, hail and snow (sometimes at the same time). The local trail conditions have lots of dust and fine sand, which always manages to find entry into almost anything. What all of this means is that the 110 IS having been through Hell and back, and has never been treated kindly, nor with much care or maintenance. Out of all this torture, it has shown no signs of anything, no wear or tear, it’s just working as it did from day one.
Truth be told, there really isn’t much to have an impression about, the 110 IS having worked flawlessly since I installed it, and morphed into the quiet background of bike use, and has hardly been noticed. I have used a couple of Cane Creeks other IS headsets, and they have either had a short shelf life or have broken.
The Cane Creek 110 IS has performed flawlessly from day one, and has never given me any issues. The 110 is the crown jewel of the Cane Creek headset line, and is meticulously built, with precision and exacting tolerances. It has been thrown into the Lion’s den of abuse, and neglect, and is still performing like it was brand new. It looks pretty, and the fit, finish is outstanding. In reality, there isn’t much to say about the Cane Creek 110 IS (obviously I am verbose), since it has done its job perfectly.
-110 year warranty
-Needs to include extra bearing cover o-rings
Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
110 IS Specs
Size: 1 1/8 in. (28.6mm)
Stack Height: +1.0 mm to Cover Height
Top Stack Height: 17.0 mm
Bottom stack height: 10.3 mm
Material: Premium Headset Alloy 7075 T-6
Weight: 67.0 g – Tall/60.6 g – Short (excl. spacers and preload assembly)
Top bearing: Split-Lip Stainless Steel
Bottom bearing: Split-Lip Stainless Steel
Color: black, silver, blue, red, purple
Warranty: 110 years
Cane Creek 110 IS url: http://www.canecreek.com/component-headsets?browse=type&type=integrated-system