Cane Creek has rolled out several new headsets for 2017. Up first are the AER Series headsets and bearings. Cane Creek first introduced the lightweight AER Series in 2009. They used Norglide T composite bearing technology and other gram-reducing design features. The Norglide T bearing technology was originally intended for race-day applications and had reduced durability and life span relative to a standard headset bearing.
Now all AER series headsets are equipped with Cane Creek’s AER aluminum cartridge bearings, with the Norglide T composite bearings only available upon request. This gives all AER Series headsets both a considerable weight reduction over a standard headset and increased bearing longevity.
The AER series aluminum bearings also can be used in a 110-Series or 40-Series for weight reduction over the black oxide and stainless steel bearings. Five additional lower headset assemblies have been added to the AER Series (IS47, IS52, ZS56, EC44/33, EC44/40), allowing the AER Series headsets to not only be used in road and cyclocross, but also on mountain bike applications. An AER Series headset assembly can save up to 50 grams off a 40-Series or 110- Series headset.
In addition to the lightweight offerings of the AER Series, the eeCycleworks eeNut preload assembly is also now available through Cane Creek. Designed for carbon steerer tubes, the eeNut preload assembly offers a functional new concept for an extremely lightweight preload assembly. With a total weight of only 9.6 grams for the full assembly, it saves 30 grams over typical top cap and preload.
The eeNut is a unique and patent pending design providing lightweight, solid locking action and ease of installation in one package. The recessed cone shape provides greater tensile stiffness. This increased stiffness facilitates more precise headset adjustment and sets it apart from other lightweight caps.
Cane Creek Cycling Components also introduced the ViscoSet, a new steering damper headset. ViscoSet (patent-pending) offers viscous steering damping within an upper headset assembly to inhibit the uncontrolled steering oscillation known as speed wobble. ViscoSet was designed for bikes and e-bikes that have increased weight distribution over the rear tire, step-through top tubes that encourage frame flex, fat bikes, adventure bikes with cargo, and any other bicycle or tricycle in need of steering damping.
The ViscoSet houses 12 damping plates interlaced with fluorocarbon gel within the headset cup. Six outer damping plates contact the headset cup (frame) and six inner damping plates contact the compression ring (fork). With the 12 inner and outer damping plates interlaced, it forms 11 friction planes that create damping in steering, but the configuration of damping plates can be changed to achieve different “tunes” of steering damping.
Check out the photo galley below for a deeper look at the unique Cane Creek ViscoSet headset. For more information on all the new components visit www.canecreek.com.