Cane Creek C-2 Headset Headset

2.9/5 (62 Reviews)
Weight : 128 grams MSRP : $60.00


Product Description

Aluminum cups, steel crown race, sealed cartridge bearings


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jools a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009

Strengths:    Had mine for 10 years at least. Used on two frames and still going strong

Weaknesses:    Yeah, right

Bottom Line:   
Grease is your friend if you don't like spending money!! My C2 looks as good as new inside after several thousand miles of hard riding. A headset is just a bearing after all, it's not rocket science no matter what the marketers would have you believe.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Isis with parts that last.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sandra from Redding, CA

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007

Bottom Line:   

At about a fraction of the price of a Chris King, this product beats Chris King hands down if installed correctly. I used to buy Chris King products, until I realized I was just subsidizing their next move with the high prices. I'm sure next time they will move to Toronto, citing lack of quality coffee in Portland or some other silly excuse.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy Patterson a Downhiller from Centennial, Co - USA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2004

Strengths:    Cheap and Durable

Weaknesses:    None that I can tell yet. Not King or Race Face???

Bottom Line:   
Great headset for the price. I like it. It has been every bit as good as any King headset I have purchased before. But I guess time will tell.
I have read what the guys above said but I haven't experienced anything of the sort. It been perfect. It's on it's second Colorado Winter and a Hard soggy Sping and Summer of Riding in Colorado and Texas. The Headset has been perfect so far!!

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Favorite Trail:   Paid In Full

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Village

Similar Products Used:   Race Face, FSA, King and WTB

Bike Setup:   Azonic Ds-1 DJ/4x

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Akos Kun a Weekend Warrior from Sf. Gheorghe, Romania

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2004

Strengths:    cheap, cartridge system, works smoothly(so far...)

Weaknesses:    not sealed enough

Bottom Line:   
Actually, it´s an aheadset c2, but it´s the same, isn´t it? I had to urgently change my headset on the way way home, so I had no other choice (I´m a little low on cash these days...). I didn´t know what I was buying, but I think it has worth what I´ve paid for it. Still better then the good old neco, which literally fell apart(after 6 months of usage, a broken fork, some nasty landings, and a few botttom brackets :)... if you can get it at the same price I did, it´s the best buy out there, but it´s not worth $60...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   steel NECO headsets (piece of crap, but cheaper than any other and works fine if cleaned regularly)

Bike Setup:   16½magellan draco (2003), Manitou Six(2004), deore, continental tires...

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Cross Country Rider from Falls Church

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2004

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Not the ligthest. Steel parts require grease (duh!)

Bottom Line:   
After reading all the negative reviews I was a little nervous on what I would find in my HS when I went to service it. To my surprise the bearings and cups looked brand new. Must have been that nickles worth of grease I packed the bearings with during installation! For God's sake people, use a little common sense.

The only truly perpetual renewable resource is human stupidity.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Chris King, Ringle, Ritchey

Bike Setup:   commuter/beater bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nash a Weekend Warrior from newport news

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2004

Strengths:    solid, clean looking, smooth turning

Weaknesses:    a little play with rigid forks on the front (saves wieght over suspension forks), seals don't seal so you need to use a cover of some sort, ex. bike tube, lizard skin

Bottom Line:   
excellent, smooth running headset, you just need to seal it and you'll be fine. it leaves a little play with my rigid forks up front, but oh well, it turns smooth with precision.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   aheadset, stock GT

Bike Setup:   98 rockhopper, deore mix, STX, selle italle, kore, cane creek, panaracer

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by bikerguy a Cross Country Rider from seattle, wa

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2003

Strengths:    Worked well when conditions were dry.

Weaknesses:    Packed up with mud after one (one!) wet ride.
So packed that when it dried the handlebars wouldn't turn.


Bottom Line:   
If it lets in water it probably lets in dirt when it's dry
(no obvious labyrinth seal). There's lots of other
headset choices so I'd say stay away.

I put an inner tube ``boot' around the bottom,
I hope that works well enough.

I don't know how much they cost (came on my bike) so
it's hard for me to give it a value rating.

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Favorite Trail:   Skookum Flats

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Dia-Compe, Syncros, WTB grease guard

Bike Setup:   XC w/ discs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Kitchener, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2003

Strengths:    Worked for 6 months

Weaknesses:    it's a piece of crap

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT buy this headset! If you have it stock on your bike buy a King. After 6 months of riding started to get play. Figured it just needed adjustment. After adjusting it it was fine for 3 months. I overhauled it and saw all the wear marks and gouges so I sold it for $.50.

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Favorite Trail:   Huron Industrial Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   KING

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar pro, King headset, Manitou Mars C

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Manitoba Canada

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2003

Strengths:    easy maintainance, but arent they all really?

Weaknesses:    poor seals

Bottom Line:   
This head set is OK. I havent had too many problems with the bearings. It isn't the smoothest in the world especially after wet conditions but its not something that I could really feel at the bars while riding. The seals dont keep out much crap so this is something that you will have to make sure you maintain and pack with good water proof grease.
I wouldnt suggest getting this headset for your mountain bike if you ride in the muck/wet, but in dry conditions it should be fine. BOttom line, there are better choices for the cash....

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Favorite Trail:   Birch (closed now, sob)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   generic aheadset, king, tried others but havent owned them...

Bike Setup:   used mostly on road bike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Arjen a Racer from Leiden Netherlands

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2003

Strengths:    fits in a low budget bike

Weaknesses:    Poor sealing, use headset cover

Bottom Line:   
Spend some more. For a better one

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   ritchey logic


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jonas a Racer from Basel, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2003

Strengths:    ??? It looks good...

Weaknesses:    Bad bearings and my lower cup has broken!

Bottom Line:   
This Headset sucks, I had to replace the bearings after two months and after 3 months the lower cup has broken where the frame ends. It wasn't an accident, the superlight Fork is like new!
The Ritchey Fuzzy Logic is much better and cheaper, and Chris King is still unbeaten.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Fuzzy Pro, Chris King, Ritchey Scuzzy Pro

Bike Setup:   Intense Tazer FS, X-Vert Super, Race Face, MRP, SDG, Azonic Bar, XTR, XT Disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stu Thomas a Racer from Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2003

Strengths:    Inexpensive & robust (provided it's looked after properly)

Weaknesses:    Fiddly maintenance. Not really "sealed"

Bottom Line:   
This set is now 4 years old & I ride b/w150-200 kms a week in all weathers. It's still smooth and easy turning - the secret to maintenance on these is to clean out stock grease and PACK it with a quality waterproof grease AND use a lizard skin or an old pice of inner tube over the bottom cups - my riding is almost all seaside and I have no rust in the top or bottom race. I just strip it down once a couple of times a year, repack it, slip on a new scrap of inner tube and no worries at all.

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Favorite Trail:   Anglesea firetrails & bayside commute

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   various stock

Bike Setup:   Iron horse ARS 9.0, many non-stock bits

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed A. a Cross Country Rider from Washignton, D.C.

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2003

Strengths:    Good looks. Price. Performance.

Weaknesses:    Very careful installation required.

Bottom Line:   
This headset gets very mixed reviews. In my experience, the quality of installation determines the outcome. After my first installation attempt, the steering was sticky and tight. I read through some MTBR reviews and Cane Creek's installation instructions again, then uninstalled and reinstalled the headset. The second time, I used a liberal amount of Shimano headset grease on the bearings, cups and steerer tube. An entire season of biking later, the headset is still perfect - smooth and easy to turn.

It looks good, works well and was very reasonably priced.

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Favorite Trail:   Planet Earth

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   www.pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Several.

Bike Setup:   Trek 8000 frame with many fine components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce Dance a Cross Country Rider from Blighty

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap, strong, easy to maintain, exceptionally smooth.

Weaknesses:    sealing, easy to misunderstand/abuse. Occasional burr on bearing race edges needs removing for smooth running.

Bottom Line:   
I posess three of these headsets. The cartridge bearings in this headset contain as many loose balls as possible, on smooth precision ground races. This means that this headset is STRONG. Probably amongst the strongest headsets with ball bearings in the bottom race. Roller bearing headsets may be stronger but WHEN (not if...) the water gets in the bearing will be completely wrecked very quickly. As others have noted a small amount of corrosion will not significantly impair the operation of this headset. If the bottom race does get too rough, you can swap it for the top one as they are the same. You can pop out the little plastic ring from the bearing, and rebuild with PROPER WATERPROOF GREASE. This is VITAL if you don't want to get a rust attack, as the factory grease is not waterproof, contains no corrosion inhibitors, and there is usually very little of it. All headsets let the water in eventually (even my King, yeah...), so its not a matter of IF its just WHEN you have to do some maintenance, and this is about as easy as it gets on this headset. I ride 52 weeks a year here in the UK, regardless of the weather (and I think you should know it rained in some parts of the UK 150days straight last year), and my typical daily ride is about 25 miles half tarmac, half mud.
Whichever bike gets jetwashed right away, and as there is no seal on the top race you can only wash DOWN here, and as the seal is not resistant to 50000psi water on the bottom go only down or sideways here, and little if any water gets in. TIPS: 1. The bearings may not align/seat perfectly when first fitted; turn the steering as far as possible each way, go for a short ride, turn again and then adjust the preload correctly. 2. rebuild bearings with copious waterproof grease. 3. Check for water ingress every three months, use GT85 etc to shift moisture, but leave grease alone if it's still clean. 4. Rebuild with fresh grease once a year or as required. 5. Wash bike carefully, never upside down. 6. Marvel at the smoothness, enjoy...
:-)

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Favorite Trail:   Helvellyn

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   various via mail order

Similar Products Used:   Campy, Stronglight, FSA, Chris King, Tange, etc etc etc

Bike Setup:   various- I have several.eg- Marin Team Ti, XT, Ti seatpost, 517's X-lite bits etc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Andrew Mahon a Weekend Warrior from Princeton, NJ

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap..i guess.

Weaknesses:    rusty...very rusty

Bottom Line:   
This refers to the roadbike. I hadnt inspected the headet sinc3e i got the bike May 12th 02, but when i did this morning i found the whole bottom half was filled with rust, it seems to emanate from the crown race and the cartridge bearings. I dunno, i guess now im saving up for a king.

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Favorite Trail:   i dunno

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   jenson?

Similar Products Used:   nothing

Bike Setup:   C Dale RW700, Ellsworth Joker, both with c2s

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