Cane Creek's Angleset is all about changing the effective head tube angle of your bike. That is to say, if you've ever ridden a bike that left you thinking, "if only it was a tad slacker, it'd be perfect," you'd know how important this angle is when it comes to how a bike feels and performs under certain trail conditions. This Angleset Mixed Tapered Headset Kit - EC44/EC49 is designed to fit bike frames that take a mixed tapered style headset, with a 44mm ID on top and a 49mm ID on bottom. The external lower cup offers room for the oversize crown race of a 1.5" tapered fork as well.How does it work? It's simple really. The upper cup on Cane Creek's EC44/EC49 Angleset Headset is available in two versions -- .5? or 1.0? -- both are included. They have offset bearing bores (relative to the press-fit skirt) and can be installed forwards or backwards, yielding a total available angle range of 2? based from the centerline of the headtube. This means that if you're bike has a head tube angle of 68? this headset will allow you to make angular changes down to 67? or up to 69? or halfway between those marks, depending on which of the two cups you install. Both upper and lower bearings are housed in gimbals that self-adjust for the angular correction so that your headset gets a perfect, clunk-free fit when you set it up.The benefit of the Angleset is that you can customize the steering feel of your bike exactly to your liking. Like their top-of-the-line 110 series headsets, the Angleset cups and gimbal parts are machine from 7075-T6 aluminum. They use Cane Creek's black oxide bearings. The races and balls start out as 52100 steel and are then given an acid bath to make them more corrosion resistant, while still being porous enough to retain grease. They are angular contact bearings (ACB), which resist both axial and radial loads equally well. The cartridges are sealed with what Cane Creek likes to call a Split Lip Seal, which has two contact seals per side to better keep out contaminants and hold in grease.The Cane Creek AngleSet Mixed Tapered Headset Kit - EC44/EC49 is anodized Black and has laser etched graphics and dimensional specs on each cup. This is a headset that mates a fork with a 1-1/8" to 1.5" tapered steerer to a headtube that's designed for a mixed tapered headset with 44mm ID top and 49mm ID bottom. It's also possible to use a straight 1-1/8" fork with a conversion crown race (sold separately).
The Cane Creek AngleSet is an interesting, innovative and strange beast, as it’s a threadless headset that gives you the ability to change the effective head angle of the frame, allowing one to slacken or steepen the geometry as desired, with up to six different offset angles. In a nutshell, the system uses upper and lower bearings that are housed in gimbals, which then self-adjust themselves within the headset cups (sort of like a ball joint), one of which has an offset for the actual angle setting. Continue reading →
Weaknesses: I have broken 3 of them in approx 6 months on 2 different bikes
bearings fail. creaks and makes noises. not happy. all 3 were professionally installed.
a Weekend Warrior
from vancouver, bc, canada
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2011
Strengths: does what it is supposed to: made my bike slacker, lower and longer by reducing the head tube angle
Weaknesses: none i've noticed. would we sweet if you could adjust angles without having to install different cups... or on the fly!
bought a used angleset with some play money. no problem with installation, has functioned well since day one. dropped the hta about 1* with the 1.5* cup because i was coming from an external reducer headset. wheel base is a bit longer, hta is a bit slacker, and i think the sta is a tiny bit steeper and bb is a little bit lower. bike performs better at speed and on steeps, a bit less maneuverable in tight tech and xc situations - a trade off i was happy to make
a Weekend Warrior
from Scottsdale, AZ
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2011
Strengths: Great idea, really changes HA, looks great
Weaknesses: makes popping noises, makes front end very flexy
Since it has been installed, I had only been able to ride in an area that has lots of fast single track with small climbs, only medium size rocks, smaller drops and lots of rollers that you can get a foot or two off of. Today I got time to go down to South Mountain's National trail in Phoenix and put the bike to work. The angleset has been making more noise the longer I ride it; Kind of like a hallow popping sound. Today there was a lot of technical climbing and then descending. First I noticed that my bike was really squirrely (sp) on the long steep climbs and on the shorter technical climbs. I guess that 66 degree head angle is to slack for my Remedy to climb well. My fault for over doing it. The bottom offset cup for the E2 head tube on the Remedy sticks out about an inch and that probably moved the HA to 67 already. I used the one degree offset cup so that brought it to 66; We used an angle measure to get exact measurement.
Anyway, coming down I noticed, besides the popping on every rock on drop, that the front end was flexing a lot. It sounded and felt like I was going to break the front end off every rock I smashed over and drop I came off; That's a lot on this trail. I don't know if it is any different on other bikes where the offset cup isn't so far out of the HT. I have lost so much of the stiffness that this bike was built with. I was shocked at how much the fork crown was moving on every hit!
Needless to say, it's coming out and and the OEM CC headset is going back in!