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