Cane Creek 110 Series 1.5in Tapered Headset $156.00
Selecting the correct headset for your bike doesn't have to be hard. This Cane Creek 110-Series 1.5" Tapered Headset is part of Cane Creeks as-good-as-it-gets 110 range. There is no finer headset sold, and to prove it, Cane Creek offers a 110 year warranty on it. This particular model will mate a 1-1/8" - 1.5" tapered steerer to a 1.5" straight head tube having a 49mm I.D. top and bottom. The top cup is a zero stack (ZS49) and the lower is a traditional (TR49).
The 110 Headset begins life when they machine the cups from custom drawn, US made seamless 7075 aluminum tube. Each part has been relieved of excess material, inside and out, to keep the weight to a bare minimum while retaining the strength you'll depend on. These cups house the stainless steel sealed cartridge bearings, both of which use Cane Creek's proprietary split-lip seals to keep the grease in and contaminants out.
At the same time, these seals run smoothly against the races with a minimum of drag so your steering feel will be rock solid, yet will respond to the lightest touch on the bars. It's quite possible that dirt and muck will never even reach the bearing seals anyway. The 110 Headset includes low-friction seals on the top bearing cover and on the crown race that effectively seal the cup and bearing contained within.
Another advantageous detail of the 110 is the captured compression ring under the top bearing cover. It facilitates easy assembly and eliminates the possibility of rocking or creaking regardless of the small variations often found in steerer tube diameters. And for lightweight carbon fiber steerer tubes, the extra surface area over other systems ensures a damage-free compressive junction. All these technical details aside, you may simply lust for the jewel-like quality of the 110-Series Headset due to its highly polished finish or its rich anodized colors. And that's perfectly fine too.
The Cane Creek 110-Series 1.5" Tapered Headset is designed to mate a fork with a 1-1/8" - 1.5" tapered steerer to a 1.5" straight head tube having a 49mm I.D. on top and bottom. It's available in Black and Red.
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Not All Headsets Are Equal!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I’ve used cheap headsets in the past, and I probably will in the future, on bar bikes. You may believe that all you get with a more expensive headset is more color options. I’m here to tell you that is not the case, at least with the Cane Creek 110. Sure, you can make a cheap headset last awhile by taking it apart and packing the bearings with grease every so often. In fact, I figured I would do my usual bearing service only to be amazed that this guy looked brand new after neglect. I can’t say I’ve had the same case with others. Get this headset if you want utmost quality, less maintenance, or live in a humid place that wreaks havoc on bearings.