Similar Products Used: nothing like this finicky thing
Bike Setup: stock trek session 77
from Macon, GA
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2006
Strengths: Lets me run a real live, non-Cannondale fork. Sealed bearings.
Weaknesses: Somehow I scoff at the price of a King headset, but this thing made sense. It is expensive.
To be clear, the Double X is for forks with 1.5 steerers. The Double Xc and Xc short (which is what I use) are the reducer headsets that allow you to run a 1 1/8 steerer in your Cannondale.
So far, I have nothing but praise. I haven't heard or felt anything untoward from the headset. It allowed me to exchange a Fatty for a new fork with 100mm travel and a fancy schmancy stable platform for less than half of what a comparably speced Lefty would have set me back. That's even before you talk about the new hub for the Lefty.....in that regard, maybe it isn't so expensive.
from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2005
Strengths: This is about the best headset to buy in the 1.5 category. Race face doesn't make one, neither does Chris King. That being said, I wanted to get a sealed bearing headset. So this was the obvious choice.
Weaknesses: None that I can think of right now.
As far as I am concerned, until Chris King or Race Face makes a 1.5 headset, this is the best choice. This is a quality product for sure, I would just like a Race Face one to match all the other components on my bike. I got mine on eBay for less than 1/2 of the MSRP.
Bike Setup: '04 Iron Horse SGS DH Pro, race face seatpost, bars, stem, and cranks, ATOMLAB DHR rims, DT-Swiss Hugi FR 440 front and rear hubs, Cane Creek 1.5 headset, MRP World Cup chain guide, Nokian tires 2.6 rear and 3.0 front, '05 Marzocchi Shivers.
a Weekend Warrior
from Silver Spring, MD, USA
Date Reviewed: September 24, 2005
Strengths: Great Add-on for an older Cannondale. Also great because no reducer cups are needed so it takes up less stack height.
Great headset and shop around for prices. Greenfish had the $60 price acouple of weeks ago.
a Cross Country Rider
from Annapolis, MD
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2004
Strengths: Lets me use a state-of-the-art fork instead of a 50mm Headshok in my Cannondale without screwing up the geometry.
Weaknesses: Heavy heavy but worth it if you're happy with your frame. The sleeves that slide into the head tube were longer than the machined recess in the head tube. I already bought a nice Fox fork so I sucked it in and took a hacksaw to my new headset(gulp, but happy ending). It worked fine, my bike rides like a dream on it's new fork! It's still about a third of a pound heavier than Cane Creek headsets in my other bikes but, hey, gotta bridge a fairly big gap.
Good way to upgrade a Cannondale, wish I didn't need to use a hacksaw on it first!
Similar Products Used: 1 1/8 Cane Creek, Cannondale Headshok, old threaded sets.
Bike Setup: Cannondale hardtail CAAD 2
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2004
Strengths: Same as below - frighteningly so! 98 CAAD2. Headshok was rediculous for where I live! When it died, a new 2003 Marzocci MX Pro ETA 105mm fell in my lap, so, after some research, I purchased this headset. It is killer! Everything I have to say was said below.
Weaknesses: A bit spendy, but the shock was free, so hey...
Thank You Cane Creek!
Diss your headshock and get into the REAL world of fork suspension! You'll be AMAZED!
ps. most of the guys I know have at least one $3-5,000 bike, and whenever I pull up to the shop on my little C'dale, everyone smiles and wants to take it for a spin! It's a really cool little bike now that it has a worthy shock!!
Bike Setup: C'dale '98 CAAD2, 'zocci MX Pro ETA, SRAM X9 drive train / cassette, Avid BB discs w/SD7 levers, Cane Creek Thudbuster, WTB Laser Ti saddle, Real disc hubs, Salsa 80mm stem, IRC ElGato 2.25 tires (yes, from 99 - found brand new), black mid-grade Mavic hoops... Bead-blasted paint off so it's shiny polished aluminum.
a Cross Country Rider
from Phoenix, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2004
Strengths: This headset solves a long standing incompatibility problem between Cannondale frames and real forks.
Weaknesses: None, but wish it was available many years ago.
I have had my CAAD2 frame since '97 and have upgraded everything all the way, except for the Fatty 70mm SL POS Headshock. When I learned of this product, I had to try it, and am extremely pleased with the results. I hammered the Headshok out and installed a real fork with the Cane Creek Headset. The result was spectacular performance. Absolutely no rattles, smooth operation, great looks. Also, because the headset comes with spacers, I did not have to cut the steerer tube, and can swap forks between my other bikes.
Bike Setup: CAAD2 with 2003 Marzocci Marathon SL 105mm w/ V-Brakes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Dover, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2003
Strengths: Very stiff, completely eliminated any noise from the frame/fork/headset interfaces, looks pretty cool on your bike.
Weaknesses: NONE AT ALL!
If you have a Cannondale and are sick of headshock like I was this is the only way to go. When I got my Bomber I was first using reducer cups to hold it on there and it made soooooooooooooo much noise i couldn't stand it. After I picked up this headset all noise and flexing completely disappeared. Buy it you won't regret it!
Might get flamed, but here is my plan-
x.7 rear short cage, with a double crank. I run 32x22 up front and a 34 out back. I pretty much always use the 32, with the 22 as a bailout. (in which case the 22 is always running with the 34t in the rear). I also run a stinger.
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Check this out, a dual crown 160mm fork that weighs 1.8kg, German engineered:
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Hi there. I'm looking to buy a new crankset, application is an Alfine hub with a ~47mm chainline (sprocket flipped) and it needs to have a 29t or 30t chainring for the ratio to be low enough. Unless there is anything else with outboard BB, I'm looking at a SRAM Double (probably X9) with Homebrewed i ... Read More »