We're proud of our customer service and liberal return policy -- we want you to be satisfied. So we're happy to sell the Cane Creek 110-Series Headset. After all, it has a 110 year no-questions-asked warranty. You want a dependable, great looking headset to add style and performance to your bike? Look no further.The 110 begins life when Cane Creek machines the cups from custom drawn, US made seamless 7075 aluminum tube. Each part has been relieved of excess material, inside and out, to keep the weight to a bare minimum while retaining the strength you'll depend on. These cups house the stainless steel sealed cartridge bearings, both of which use Cane Creek's proprietary split-lip seals to keep the grease in and contaminants out. At the same time, these seals run smoothly against the races with a minimum of drag so your steering feel will be rock solid, yet will respond to the lightest touch on the bars. It's quite possible that dirt and muck will never even reach the bearing seals anyway. The 110 Headset includes low-friction seals on the top bearing cover and on the crown race that effectively seal the cup and bearing contained within.Another advantageous detail of the 110 is the captured compression ring under the top bearing cover. It facilitates easy assembly and eliminates the possibility of rocking or creaking regardless of the small variations often found in steerer tube diameters. And for lightweight carbon fiber steerer tubes, the extra surface area over other systems ensures a damage free compressive junction. All these technical details aside, you may simply lust for the jewel-like quality of the 110-Series Headset due to its highly polished finish or its rich anodized colors. And that's perfectly fine too. The Cane Creek 110-Series Headset is designed to mate a fork with a 1-1/8" straight steerer to a head tube having a 34mm I.D. on top and bottom. This is what we'd call a traditional headset as the external cups house the bearings outside the confines of the head tube. It's available in Black and Red.
Bought this to replace my old CC headset that came on my 09 Rockhopper. The only reason I replaced the og headset was because during a rainy ride it let a bunch of dirt in, turn....crunch, turn....crunch.
For some reason I got the 110 stuck in my head and bought it. It hasn't given me any issues, and is holding up great.
Strengths: Aesthetically beautiful. Functionally very smooth. Uses split compression ring.
Weaknesses: Misleading product description. As expensive as CK.
Most retailers advertise that it includes 17.5mm of spacers. Even Cane Creek's homepage shows them with a stack of spacers. But NO, when it arrives you find out that it only has a 2.5mm spacer included. Read somewhere on the web that Cane Creek decide to stop shipping spacers because no one was using them. Nice. Maybe Cane Creek should change their website to reflect that and let all their retailers know as well so they can update their website and not mislead customers.
Bike Setup: Mongoose Teocali Super using Zero Stack.
a Weekend Warrior
from East Rutherford, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2010
Strengths: Quality and precision are equal to the Chris King NoThreadSet
Like Kings, they're made in the USA
Ridiculous 110-year warranty
Weaknesses: Crown race isn't steel like the Kings
Like Kings, they ain't cheap
I heard all this stuff about how the 110 headset is better than a King for rough riding mainly because its compression ring helps eliminate creaking and play at the bearing cap. Seems to me if the headset is tightened down right, this wouldn't even be an issue. I've used King headsets for years and never had a problem.
Quality and precision: In this department King headsets formerly stood head and shoulders above the rest for years. Well no longer. The fit, finish and precision of all the 110's parts is equal to the King's. The cups slide in like butter and the bearings are super-smooth.
Final thoughts: I'd say the 110 headset is just as good as a King with 2 nitpicking exceptions. First, I prefer the King crown race, which is made of stainless steel, over the 110's, which is aluminum. Yeah, I know a crown race is a throwaway part, but why should I have to worry about that when I just spent a fortune on the headset? Second, the scalloped spacers save a minimal amount of weight, but on a practical level, the interlocking design does nothing to stiffen the steering column because there's no lockdown at the stem. Also, you can't put a 110 spacer on top of the stem, which is something most riders prefer to do. King spacers are actually better because they're more precisely cut (i.e., tighter around the steerer).
Bike Setup: Banshee Paradox frame w/ Reba Team 29er Dual Air fork, XTR shifters, XT rear der, X.9 front der, Race Face Atlas FR cranks, Hope Pro II hubs w/ ZTR Arch rims & WTB Wolverine 2.2" tires, Thomson seatpost & stem
a Cross Country Rider
from Bangkok, Thailand
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2010
Strengths: Nice look good, well designed, not a dozen as King.
Weaknesses: Bearing has dead
It looks cool compare with other brands, not similar with other bike on the track. Perfect work for a fisrt year, but after 12 months, it has knocking sound when I turn my hand bar. I took a prat and found both bearing are dead, not rotate anymore. But my bike can ride and turn because the folk tube rotates inside the bearing with grease. It is very clean inside, no sand or dust, but the bearing are dead move. I think because of my weight 220lb+. It start knocking noise last week after a long downhill trip.
I opened the bearing seal with cutter blade, it looks clean inside, grease colour is dark brown. I want to remove old grease and put new, but cannot, due to internal seal cannot remove. Then just put new grease between the gap.
After cleaning, take a dry cloth catch the bearing and rotate it. Now they can move both upper and lower, but not smoth as new. I re-install everything and test ride, it is ok for a few minute, then knocking noise start again when I turn the hand bar to the end left or right.
Don't know how to do with it now or change to King?
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur LT2, FOX Talas 140, King hubs and Mavic 819. Maxxis Ignitor 2.35 Tubeless. Race Face Atlas AM crank set and Sram X9 gearing system.
a Cross Country Rider
from Fremont, CA
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2010
Strengths: Solid workmanship, dual lip sealed cartridge bearings, compression ring, shims, adjustable cup to cover gap, stepped spacers, pretty
Weaknesses: Bit pricey if buying retail, but what high end bike product isn't overpriced?
The solid workmanship of the polished and anodized cups is inline with other top shelf headsets.
Dual lip seals seem to be working as advertised actively keeping crap out and grease in.
What really stands out is the though put into the mounting system. First of all the split compression ring eliminates any headset creak (much better than King IMO). Secondly, two shims of varing thickness allows you to customize the cover to top cup gap. I got mine down to 0.5mm.
The spacers are stepped and fit into one another like Legos further eliminating creak/play in the steering column.
In the two years that I've had this product, I've had to do very littly maintenance. The only adjustments were done when replacing the stem. There's very little grease extrusion and consequently, almost no dirt collection at the seams. The inside is still clean as the day it was installed!
Cane Creek is a great company with a great philosophy. They set out to make the perfect headset, and realistically they succeeded. They have awesome customer service, and they know what is important. This headset really is an upgrade from a Chris King, but King won't update their design, because that would mean admitting that their design is not perfect. King makes a good product, but to be totally honest I've gotten really tired of the company. Cane Creek all the way.