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Sea Otter 2009: Cane Creek Aer

April 21, 2009

Cane Creek Aer (pronounced Air) Headset


Cane Creek is pushing the headset market again.  Known for the development of the Treadless headset we are seeing a new, light weight, headset hitting the market.  At only 48 grams total this headset, if proven durable, will be seen on weight weenie and light bikes everywhere.

The key details :

A compression ring preloads the bearings and locks everything in place. A well used compression ring will keep the bearings from “settling” after the first couple rides.

The upper bearing is a Norglide X2 *, and the lower bearing is a traditional cartridge bearing from the 110 headset.

*To develop the AER line of ultra-light headsets Cane Creek partnered with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the world leader in polymer plain-bearing technology. The AER headset incorporates Saint-Gobain’s latest innovation in composite bearing technology, Norglide X2. A revolution in bearing technology, the X2 material sandwiches an aluminum base between a layer of low-friction PTFE tape and an elastomeric rubber backing material. This configuration yields a composite bearing that weighs scarcely 1.5 g while eliminating the need for ultra-precise pre-load adjustment that is common in traditional plain bearings.

Two lips on the bearing are better than one.  Keeps the grit out and the bearing grease in.

7075 T-6 aluminum in the cups and spacers that are 95% stronger than the 6061 allow in some competitors headsets.