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Cane Creek40-Series ZS44/28.6 Tall Top Assembly Headset

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Any time you can reduce parts, you enhance strength and diminish the chance for creaking between those components. The Cane Creek 40-Series ZS44/28.6 Tall Top Assembly Headset gives you 15mm of rise without the use of spacers. You get the proven, durable, light-weight, and long-lasting performance 40-series headsets are respected for -- with a little extra, built-in stack height.

The 40-Series Headset cups are crafted from a 6061 T6 alloy and contain Cane Creek's black oxide cartridge bearings. The races and balls start out as 52100 steel and are then given an acid bath to make them more corrosion resistant. They are angular contact bearings (ACB), which deflect both axial and radial loads equally well. The cartridges are sealed with what Cane Creek likes to call a Split Lip Seal -- it has two contact seals per side to keep out contaminants and hold in grease.

To augment the seals on the cartridge bearings, Cane Creek adds face seals to the crown race and top assembly. The Clip-Seal in the upper assembly holds all the parts together, including the compression ring. This makes assembly a cinch, since there are no loose parts to misplace or install backwards.

The Cane Creek 40-Series ZS44/28.6 Tall Top Headset is polished and anodized Black. Cane Creek adds laser etched graphics including its logo. This is a IS integrated headset that will mate a fork with a 44mm i.d. head tube. The top bearing cover is compatible with Cane Creek Interlok spacers. The stack height for the top cup is 15mm and the bottom is 1mm.

  • 6061 T6 alloy cups
  • Steel crown race
  • Black oxide cartridge bearings with Split Lip seal
  • 15mm rise
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
[cups] alloy, [crown race] steel
Cup Type
zero stack
Recommended Use
mountain bike, cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Actual Weight

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Black, One Size

Claimed Weight

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97 g

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Little extra lift at the base

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice quality piece. Using this tall top headset I was able to lift my bars up in what looks to be a much more stable platform. Plus I like the way this looks over a standard flat headset piece.

Smooth install

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sometimes it is the little things. This went in smooth. Stays quiet. Looks sharp.

Unanswered Question

Will the CANE CREEK 40-SERIES ZS44/28.6 TALL TOP ASSEMBLY HEADSET fit my 2015 Ridley Noah ISP frameset?

no issues no issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had two of these now on different bikes and never had an issue. great deal at the price.

Cheap and Cheerful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The 40 series is a solid headset. Affordable, long lasting, and available in pretty much any conceivable configuration. Only thing they're lacking is bling factor, and considering the price, that's not a big deal.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great headset! Very durable bearing and smooth. No need to spend hundreds of $$ when you can get the 40 series. Top cap is tall so is allows you to run less spacers under the stem

Great Headset

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This headset is a great upgrade for any bike, the ball bearings are great, smooth as butter!

This says head"set"and mentions the bottom...

This says head"set"and mentions the bottom stack height is 1mm. Is this truly for the set or only the top cup? Thank you.