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OEM Cane Creek Aheadset - Upgrade or Keep?(6 posts)

OEM Cane Creek Aheadset - Upgrade or Keep?Fez
Dec 15, 2002 10:48 AM
Purchasing a brand new road bike for the wife. Its an Ultegra build and comes with very good parts all around except the headset. Its a Cane Creek Aheadset SAS. The shop will not allow any upgrades - it is an as-is deal.

Is it worth upgrading at my expense? The shop says a headset upgrade will hardly save any weight (maybe 40 grams at most) and won't make the bike ride any different. The shop said the main difference is that the higher level headsets just look better and last longer via better bearings and seals. They suggested riding the cheap headset til it wears and then replacing it with something decent.

Does it sound like good advice?

Here is a link to the OEM headset.
re: OEM Cane Creek Aheadset - Upgrade or Keep?DINOSAUR
Dec 15, 2002 12:48 PM
This is easy for me to say as it's your money. I'd upgrade to a higher level headset. My '99 Klein came stock with a Cane Creek C-2 and I just replaced the bearings this summer and I noticed the difference, but the old bearings were shot. Look at it this way, pay now or pay later. But that's just my measly little opinion, I don't think the the C-2 upgrade will break the bank. But I guess it comes down to how much riding your wife does and how long the SAS headset will last.....the higher level headsets do have better quality bearings and the steering will be smoother..if headsets didn't make a difference Chris King would not be in business....
re: OEM Cane Creek Aheadset - Upgrade or Keep?Fez
Dec 16, 2002 6:43 AM
Approx how many miles did you have on that headset? Did you ride in the rain much?

My bikes don't see much rain but I have had 2 bikes with a bunch of years use and thousands of miles on the original Shimano 600 Ultegra threaded headsets and didn't have to service them ever.
re: OEM Cane Creek Aheadset - Upgrade or Keep?DINOSAUR
Dec 16, 2002 9:01 AM
The bearings lasted about 3 years and I seldom rode in the rain. The problem I had was the orignal bearings had neoprene covers and they just did not hold up. I upgraded to sealed bearings with steel covers and they are a definite improvement. You can probably stick with what comes with the bike (I presume this is a stock package) and just replace the bearings later down the road when the time comes. Bearings are cheap and easy to replace. You can order bearings directly from Cane Creek and their customer service is excellent. That might be the best way to go...
I'm with the shop on this oneOffTheBack
Dec 16, 2002 8:40 AM
Keep the cane creek 'til it wears out. To me, the main advantage of the higher-end headsets is that they last longer, i.e. I don't have to go through the hassle of replacing it. But if it's already on there, replacing it now is just as much of a hassle as it will be later, so save the dough. Who knows, by the time the CC wears out she may be ready for a new bike anyway.
Keep itLeroy
Dec 17, 2002 6:00 AM
unless you want to make a fashion statement. By the time it wears out, if it does, she'll have another bike. I think the shop is giving you good advice.