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Sea Otter 2009: Cane Creek Aer

April 21, 2009

Cane Creek Aer (pronounced Air) Headset

aer_landing

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.

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