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Cane Creek Introduces Steering Stabilizing Hellbender 70 Visco Headset

Asheville, NC –

Cane Creek is proud to announce the introduction of their NEW Hellbender 70 Visco headset. 

Building upon Cane Creek’s ongoing legacy of bicycle headset innovation, the introduction of the Hellbender 70 Visco brings new patented steering stabilizing technology to a wide variety of cycling disciplines. This headset is ideal for cargo bikes, commuter bikes, children’s bikes, gravel bikes, bikepacking bikes, and even an occasional mountain bike.

Designed to reduce high-frequency oscillation of the bicycle steering assembly, known as speed wobble or handlebar shaking. The Cane Creek Hellbender 70 Visco headset helps riders maintain control, reduce fatigue and add confidence.

The Hellbender 70 Visco’s patented technology utilizes a series of stainless steel shims called damping plates that create friction between the outer and inner damping plates. Inner plates rotate with the handlebar and outer plates stay stationary with the frame. Riders and mechanics can tune their damping characteristics to their preferred amount of steering damping by changing the orientation of the plates. Hellbender 70 Visco is sold in the middle of its damping range and can be adjusted to have either more or less damping from the factory setting. Adjusting the level of damping requires no proprietary tools and is as simple as performing a basic headset service. 

Cane Creek’s Hellbender 70 Visco was designed with durability and longevity in mind. Cups and covers are 7075 T-6 Aluminum and equipped with premium stainless steel HELLBENDER bearings. Similar to other Cane Creek headset offerings, the Hellbender 70 Visco has robust seals – located at the crown race, steerer tube and top cover to protect against the elements and to ensure long-lasting reliability.  

The Hellbender70 Visco is offered in two press-fit options – a top-only ZS44 configuration and a bottom-only ZS56 configuration. The addition of the new ZS56 lower fitment option allows for more compatibility on bikes with oversized headtubes, internal cable routing and 1.5 in. straight steerer tubes. 

As with any Cane Creek product, the Hellbender 70 Visco is available at select retailers and riders can buy direct at The Hellbender 70 Visco ZS44 Top is available at $99.99 and Hellbender 70 Visco ZS56 Bottom is available at $119.99. 

About Cane Creek Cycling Components
Cane Creek Cycling Components is a manufacturer of premium cycling products headquartered in Fletcher, NC. The company was founded in 1974 as the North American headquarters of Japanese brake manufacturer Dia-Compe. In the early 1990s the company was renamed Cane Creek Cycling Components and was subsequently purchased by its employees. Over the years, Cane Creek has introduced several groundbreaking products – including the original AheadSet threadless headset and the revolutionary Double Barrel Shock.

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Reed Mann

Design Engineer
Name: Reed Mann
Position: Design Engineer
Year started: 2022
Best part of being a part of the Cane Creek family:  It’s very refreshing to work for a small, tight-knit company where we all share the same passions and to develop new products that make cycling better for everyone.
What you’ll find me doing on the weekends: Obviously riding bikes, but also wrenching on bikes or cars, exploring the mountains, and watching F1 races.
How I got here (at Cane Creek): Feeling pretty unfulfilled with a corporate engineering job, I happened to see that Cane Creek was hiring. I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands dirty working on the latest bike tech and was fortunate enough to be offered the position.