Cane Creek AngleSet EC44/EC49 Mixed Tapered Headset $174.00
Cane Creek's Angleset is all about changing the effective head tube angle of your bike. That is to say, if you've ever ridden a bike that left you thinking, "if only it was a tad slacker, it'd be perfect," you'd know how important this angle is when it comes to how a bike feels and performs under certain trail conditions. This Angleset Mixed Tapered Headset Kit - EC44/EC49 is designed to fit bike frames that take a mixed tapered style headset, with a 44mm ID on top and a 49mm ID on bottom. The external lower cup offers room for the oversize crown race of a 1.5" tapered fork as well.
How does it work? It's simple really. The upper cup on Cane Creek's EC44/EC49 Angleset Headset is available in two versions -- .5° or 1.0° -- both are included. They have offset bearing bores (relative to the press-fit skirt) and can be installed forwards or backwards, yielding a total available angle range of 2° based from the centerline of the headtube. This means that if you're bike has a head tube angle of 68° this headset will allow you to make angular changes down to 67° or up to 69° or halfway between those marks, depending on which of the two cups you install. Both upper and lower bearings are housed in gimbals that self-adjust for the angular correction so that your headset gets a perfect, clunk-free fit when you set it up.
The benefit of the Angleset is that you can customize the steering feel of your bike exactly to your liking. Like their top-of-the-line 110 series headsets, the Angleset cups and gimbal parts are machine from 7075-T6 aluminum. They use Cane Creek's black oxide bearings. The races and balls start out as 52100 steel and are then given an acid bath to make them more corrosion resistant, while still being porous enough to retain grease. They are angular contact bearings (ACB), which resist both axial and radial loads equally well. The cartridges are sealed with what Cane Creek likes to call a Split Lip Seal, which has two contact seals per side to better keep out contaminants and hold in grease.
The Cane Creek AngleSet Mixed Tapered Headset Kit - EC44/EC49 is anodized Black and has laser etched graphics and dimensional specs on each cup. This is a headset that mates a fork with a 1-1/8" to 1.5" tapered steerer to a headtube that's designed for a mixed tapered headset with 44mm ID top and 49mm ID bottom. It's also possible to use a straight 1-1/8" fork with a conversion crown race (sold separately).