Cane Creek unveils new levers and ultralight headset

Dropper and suspension levers and a weight-weenie headset

Cane Creek is on a product release spree this year, the company has already released a simplified air shock for tuning-averse riders and added an inline version of its popular coil shock to its suspension line-up.

Now, the North Carolina-based manufacturer is releasing two new remotes and a revised lightweight headset that should make weight weenies rejoice.

A lever for every dropper

Cane Creek doesn't have a dropper seatpost in its line (at least not yet) but it has developed a remote that should work with nearly any cable-actuated dropper
Cane Creek doesn't have a dropper seatpost in its line (at least not yet) but it has developed a remote that should work with nearly any cable-actuated dropper

Dropper seatposts are slowly getting better. Reliability is improving and with 1x drivetrains becoming the norm, lever ergonomics are becoming more refined as well.

There’s still room for improvement on both fronts. Cane Creek seeks to improve the later with an aftermarket dropper seatpost remote that will work with any cable-actuated dropper seatpost.

The lever has a fixed stop for the end of a shift cable for droppers such as Thomson 9point8, Race Face and Easton, which secure the free end of the cable using a set screw at the bottom of the seatpost. There’s also a setscrew at the lever used to secure the free end of the cable at the lever, so it’s also compatible with Specialized, KS, Crankbrothers and Fox dropper seatposts.

Cane Creek's dropper lever has adjustable throw and the ability to secure either end of a shift cable
Cane Creek's dropper lever has adjustable throw and the ability to secure either end of a shift cable

Cane Creek’s lever is also matchmaker compatible, for a clean cockpit. Does this remote point to a forthcoming dropper seatpost? Maybe, but let’s hope it’s not a dropper Thudbuster…

Pricing will be US$80 when it becomes available this fall.

Opt suspension remote

Cane Creek's Opt remote allows the user to engage the Climb Switch on the fly
Cane Creek's Opt remote allows the user to engage the Climb Switch on the fly

The new Opt remote is designed to operate the Climb Switch on Cane Creek’s shocks.

The remote uses a thumb-operated slider to turn the Climb Switch on and off. It’s not indexed, so the rider has to gradually increase or decrease the amount of low-speed rebound and compression damping across the range.

The Opt remote is designed to take up as little handlebar real-estate as possible
The Opt remote is designed to take up as little handlebar real-estate as possible

The Opt remote is designed to take up the bare minimum of handlebar space and can be mounted to the company’s new dropper lever as well.

Existing Cane Creek shocks with a climb switch can be retrofitted with this new lever.

Ultralight for offroad

The AER headset has been updated for offroad use
The AER headset has been updated for offroad use

Cane Creek has had the AER headset in its line for sometime. The original version uses a Norglide bushing in place of the upper bearing. While it was light, it wasn’t suitable for offroad or cyclocross use.

Cane Creek's AER bearings are said to be 40 percent lighter than its standard bearings, they can also be installed in 40 and 110 series headsets
Cane Creek's AER bearings are said to be 40 percent lighter than its standard bearings, they can also be installed in 40 and 110 series headsets

The new AER uses stainless steel bearings and very slender steel races encased in aluminum cartridges. Cane Creek claims a 40 percent weight reduction over its standard bearings.

The AER's top cap is milled to shave grams
The AER's top cap is milled to shave grams

Weight weenies can purchase the complete AER headset or upgrade their existing 40 and 110 series headsets with AER bearings.

There are additional weight savings to be had with these barely-there spacers
There are additional weight savings to be had with these barely-there spacers

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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