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Kolo said:
Can anyone tell me what is the difference between a Cane Creek C2 and S2 headset?

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Sam
The Aheadsets are the original threadless headsets designed by the guys who became Cane Creek. They consider the Aheadset their 'value' line. The Aheadset supposedly comes with a plasic topcap while the Cane Creek stuff comes with a alloy one. Also the Aheadset (or at least the one I had at one point) used captured bearings (free rolling bearings in a little ring to keep them in place, probably the wrong name for it-best I could do at the time). The S-2 uses cartridge bearings (I have two bikes with these headsets). I prefer the cartridge bearings as they are easier to replace and to service.
 

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Yes, I'm aware of who cane creek are, and where they came from - I'm asking about two specific types of cane creek headsets - one which I believe is called a C2, the other an S2. I ask because of some current eBay listings I'm looking at which have both C2 and S2 headsets listed - and they are both described as having cartridge bearings rather than loose balls (the word you were looking for to describe the thing retaining the balls is cage) I was wondering what the difference was. Thanks for your help anyhow.

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Sam
 

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The S2 is the nicer of the two. Cane Creek describes the difference between the S5 and the C2 as follows:
The S-5 and C-2 headsets look similar. What's the difference between them?
While the S-5 and C-2 headsets share the top-to-bottom configuration and overall concept, the insides are different. The S-5 uses top-quality spec all the way, while the C-2 uses more economical materials. Among the S-5's top-of-the-line goods are angular-contact cartridge-bearing assemblies (with a full complement of continuous-contact stainless steel balls), waterproof grease at a 100-percent fill rate, neoprene seals, stainless steel races, CNC-machined 7075-T6 aluminum cups, and an O-ring seal in the upper cover. On the C-2, there's a balance of high performance and cost efficiency, with the design executed with aluminum cups, steel races and replaceable cartridge bearings. One other thing in the visual department: The S-5 comes in six colors that let you match bikes and forks.



Specs for the S2
11/8 inch (28.6mm)
material: cups. steel crown race with integrated rubber seal. replaceable sealed steel cartridge bearings. neoprene bearing seals
stack height: 26mm
weight: 116g
color: silver, black
U.S. msrp: $50

Specs for the C2
Cartridge bearings, interlocking protective cups.
weight: 140g
 
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