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Anyone had problems with CaneCreek IS headsets.(4 posts)

Anyone had problems with CaneCreek IS headsets.ol
Feb 3, 2003 8:09 PM
Mine seems to be making a ticking noise when under load.
Anyone else experienced this phenomena.
Repeat performerEric_H
Feb 4, 2003 3:43 PM
I just found this topic covered last week in the General forum, and I believe you were the one asking.

ol "Any LiItespeed or Merlin owners had problems with their ...." 1/30/03 1:10am

I have an early 2002 Merlin Extralight with a Cane Creek IS headset, and I have noticed some unexplainable clicking/creaking when I stand. It does not appear to be drivetrain related. I pulled my fork out and cleaned the headset bearings and cups, and one thing that helped with the noise was to put a small film of grease on the top conical compression washer. This is the cone-shaped washer with a slit in it, that slides down into the top bearing and sits under the top bearing cap.

This seemed to quiet the noise for a while, but it has made a return. I plan to send Merlin an e-mail about the "cups" that sit in the head tube, as in the thread above there is discussion about Merlin/Litespeed replacing the cups to solve noise problems.
New cups on the way.ol
Feb 4, 2003 7:42 PM
Hello Eric.
I sent an email to Merlin about this problem and I received a prompt response. I have a new set of cups on the way.To quote the email I received fro Merlin.
"The cups on your frame may not be up to spec." So it will be interesting to see the outcome of this particular probelm. When you pay the sort of money that you and I did for this sort of frame you do not want problems like this.
I did exactly the same thing as you did when the problem first occured, I cleaned the headset and put a little bit of grease on top, and just as in your case the noise ceased for a little while and then came back again.
I am concerned that this maybe a headset related problem and not necessary cup related.
New cups on the way.Rob Sal
Feb 7, 2003 10:25 AM
In the latest issue of Procycling, Chris Boardman roadtests a Merlin Cielo. He reported that the Cane Creek headset lived up to its creaking. I don't know how new these 'new cups' are but you would think that a mag roadtest by a well known equipment savvy pro would spur Merlin or their UK distributor to sort it out first time for him!