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King vs Cane Creek C2 headset(12 posts)

King vs Cane Creek C2 headsetIcefrk13
Oct 10, 2001 7:56 AM
What do you think? Are the Kings worht the xtra 40.00.

re: King vs Cane Creek C2 headsetJack S
Oct 10, 2001 8:45 AM
King is the undisputed, well, king of headsets
Oct 10, 2001 8:47 AM
The Cane Creek stuff is OK, but it's a bit overpriced for it's quality. Ultimately the design isn't that good and it's not as smooth as a King. I've messed with sevaral Cane's on both road and MTBs this year and the thing they all have in coomon is that they don't adjust that well. The Chris King unit is the standard by whihc everything else is measured. Is it worth it? That's really up to you to decide based on your situation and values. However the King unit is flawless and comes with a 10 year warranty - I don't think there's another bike component out there witha similar warranty. To be sure there are frames with 25 year and lifetime warranties - just not many components. the King unit is silky smotth and has aflawless finish, plus there are all sorts of colors. For just $35 you can convert between a threaded or a threadless design. Put it this way: if you buy the King you will never think that maybe you should've bought the Cane. The reverse of this won't be true.

Install the King and admire it's beauty. make sure your steer tube is properly faced and the install is done with the special adapters for the headset press. You want this done right.
Cane Creek C2 headsets S*CK!JS
Oct 10, 2001 8:49 AM
Do not use this headset......ever. Bad bad experience with these. Kings are nice but I think Syncros Hardcore are just as nice( actually use a higher quality bearing ) and can be found on sale. Don't buy a C2 trust me.
Get the King(nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 10, 2001 8:59 AM
No experience w/ the Cane Creek, but King rules...Cima Coppi
Oct 10, 2001 9:42 AM
I love my King headset. I will never buy another manufacturers headset again except for the King. IMO $100 (1" headsets) is well worth it for this quality of component.

Oct 10, 2001 11:49 AM
I own a C-29WorCP
Oct 10, 2001 12:12 PM
And it was hard to get adjusted. It's either too tight or too loose. However persistence paid off and now it works fine and dandy. It was annoying, but really, it didn't affect my ride to be honest. You'd only feel a bit of binding if you turned the wheel past 90 degrees. After switching out my stem I haven't had one problem with it so perhaps my stem wasn't milled correctly.

How aboout getting a Shimano or Campy headset? Ritchey Logic? They all cost around $60.
Chicks dig Chris King headsets (nm)tirider
Oct 10, 2001 6:58 PM
King Cyclesbreck
Oct 10, 2001 7:35 PM
After several years of research, Chris King began making his headsets available to the public back around 1984? or so. My 1995 Klein MTB with no suspension has the 1" quill head set; have adjusted it once and it' still on the bike. My 1996 OCLV has the 1" quill headset also and it has never been adjusted and is still on the bike. Believe the King headset to be as robust and reliable as any segment of the bicycle parts industry.

Got their latest snail mail cat this year which features their new facility and their current products, etc. My only bitch is that while the Klein King had no white lettering and the Trek King had small white lettering, now the lettering is King Size! There is way too much decal'ing on the bikes and components now a days to suit my more conservative taste, and maybe one reason still riding the older "plainer stuff". Though do like the cheap very graphic handlebar tape for wrapping old carpentry tool handles, etc. such as my bought original 1963 Plumb hickory long handled 16 oz. rip framing hammer now showing it's age.

Anyone know the history of Cane Creek? Believe it was/is? manufactured by Dia-Compe USA and first appeared just before 1997? The original application was MTB only if i remember and was 1-1/8" and 1-1/4" only threaded.

Can't keep up. Re-cycle those old bikes :)

Possible Solutiongrzy
Oct 11, 2001 8:41 AM
If you don't like the lettering on the headset you may be able to remove it with the proper compound on a buffing wheel (bench mounted). It depends on the process they use to do the marking. It appears to me that the newer ones are etched which means that material will have to be removed and the unit will no longer be perfectly round. If an older one is painted/silk screened and the lettering is on top of the metal then buffing will take it off in a hurry.

I am in agreement that there is a whole lot of "branding" going on in the bike industry, but it has to be expected given how competitive the market is and the effort of the marketing types for product differentiation and targetting price points.
re: King vs Cane Creek C2 headsetIcefrk13
Oct 11, 2001 8:35 AM
Thanks Guys you have helped greatly. It will King all the way.