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Cane Creek 40.ZS44.Short.Complete Headset

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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Featured Review

“Solid workhorse”

The Good: reliable, durable, cost

The Bad: not a ton of bling it that's your thing

Overall Review:

Cane Creek is my go to headset these days. They are solid, reliable, and inexpensive considering what you get. I've run this headset for almost two years now and haven't had one issue with it. Installation was a breeze (with the correct tools of course). Bearings have held up and are still very smooth.

I really love that you can purchase all different configurations separately if you wish. Need just the bottom cup? Just buy the bottom cup. No need to purchase the entire headset. My only minor complaint are the cheap plastic headset spacers that come with the headset. It's nice that they give you some, but I don't recommend using them under the stem. I had one crack after a few bunny hops. Not a big deal, but thought I'd mention it.

Overall, I wish all components were like this. Solid, reliable, install and forget.

“Good price and great quality to match”

The Good: Does the job without complaining

The Bad: none found so far

Overall Review:

Headsets don't normally get a lot of love since it's not a flashy item that everyonedrools over. No matter to the Cane Creek folks who are making some really good headsets these days and at reasonable prices.  I've had this headset twice now, one on a bike I had a year ago and sold and now on my do-it-all bike that sees everything from local trails to the bike parks in the summer. This one does the job and has given me no issues whatsoever on either bike. So I guess I could have bought a headset that cost three times as much... but what would I gave gained?

Another reason why I like CC headsets is that they have a handy guide on their website to help you make sure and get the right match with your bike frame and the fork you have.  With so many different headtube types, it's good to know they cut through the confusion and have you covered.

Barring some future issue with this headset, I'd have to say that the price and solid function merit a full star rating.

Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

Specifications

Riding Type Cross Country, Trail, Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban, Other
Diameter ZS44
Bearing Type Dependable black-oxide coated, sealed bearings.
Total Stack 12mm
Colors Black
Weight

0 lb 3.1 oz (88 g)

Miscellaneous The 40-series represents the perfect balance of performance, durability and value. The series incorporates all the features necessary for a robust, lightweight, long-lasting headrest, and is precision engineered by Cane Creek in Fletcher, NC, and backed by Cane Creek's unsurpassed commitment to customer service.
Price $62.00
More Info Cane Creek website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry