CANE CREEK HEADSETS
Traditional headsets leave the bearings outside of the confines of the headtube, and in our eyes the most significant advantage of this is the opportunity to add some luscious polished and anodized bits to your bike. Headsets don't get any better looking than Cane Creek's high end stuff. And this 110-Series Tapered Traditional Headset is the one that puts the most color on the front of your bike with traditional cups top and bottom.
The 110 begins life when Cane Creek machines 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 Tapered Traditional Headset is designed to mate a fork with a 1-1/8" - 1.5" tapered steerer to a tapered head tube having a 34mm I.D. on top and a 49mm I.D. on bottom. It's available in Black and Red.