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Pisgah Born Cane Creek

Cane Creek Cycling Components has been shaping the cycling industry for nearly 3 decades and we are proud to call Pisgah National Forest home. Every product we choose to make is influenced by the endless miles of rugged singletrack and the twisty roads of Pisgah.

PISGAH BORN

Pisgah Proven

Our products are proven by Western North Carolina’s grueling technical climbs and long rewarding descents; our products are born in the Blue Ridge Mountains and tested by the likes of Pisgah. As an employee-owned company, we set the highest of expectations for ourselves when we bring a product to market, sustained by premium customer service and interactions. We only pursue an idea for a product if that product enhances a rider’s experience because we believe that riding bikes makes life better, so we work to make bikes better.

Home is where the heart is..
Cyclists can be found in every corner of the world - and you can bet there's a Cane Creek innovation or product helping them complete the ride - and it all started here.
Test - Ride - Repeat
All Cane Creek products are designed, prototyped and developed right here in Western North Carolina, and Pisgah is our proving ground. Our engineering and product management teams have access to some of the world's greatest mountain bike trails, road rides and gravel epics.
Hand Built - Right Here
All Cane Creek Forks, Shocks and Brakes are assembled, tested and inspected right here in our Western North Carolina facility.
Help more. Give more.
More than just a company building bike parts - we are active members of our community. From curating fundraisers like the Pisgah Project, to building bikes for families in need, when it comes to community; Cane Creek shows up.
No Dig. No Ride
The Cane Creek team plans to continue to support the well being and sustainability of Pisgah trails. By collaborating with local organizations such as The Pisgah Conservancy, The G5 Collective, and Pisgah Area SORBA - our efforts are directed to where they're needed most.
Limited Edition Products
As an employee owned company, Cane Creek doesn’t have any major conglomerates or corporations to answer to - we decide our own destiny. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Limited Edition - Once they are gone, they are gone.
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AUTHENTICITY - CRAFTSMANSHIP – ALTERNATIVE

This is our DNA

AUTHENTICITY
Authenticity is essential in anything that Cane Creek does as a company. Cane Creek is, first and foremost, people who love bikes and truly believe that they are working to make riding bikes better. As a small employee owned and operated company headquartered in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Cane Creek has leaned into these elements that make them unique and special as a company and never try to portray themselves as something they are not.
CRAFTSMANSHIP
A deep Craftsmanship should be evident in everything that is done at Cane Creek - just as it is always evident in their products. The perception of a brand’s quality is often subconscious, and a poor-quality package, blurry photo or broken webpage can speak volumes to a customer even if they don’t realize it. Everything Cane Creek does as a company will aim to reinforce the level of quality and attention to detail.
ALTERNATIVE
Cane Creek products are designed to be the premium Alternative to widely produced products aimed at the mainstream. Therefore, it is important that as a company, Cane Creek reinforces that ethos of alternative in everything that’s produced. From advertisements to photographs to how Cane Creek presents its brand at trade shows and events - Cane Creek is always focused on being different from what is standard and expected in the cycling industry.
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OUR HISTORY

of innovation

We are a company of riders…

From our roots with the world’s first threadless headset to the introduction of the eeWings titanium crankset, we have always approached cycling from a rider’s perspective – Riding a bike isn’t just something we do, it’s part of who we are.

For that reason, we strive to constantly make the act of riding better – in whatever form that may take. This is the lens we look through when we conceive, design, test and manufacture Cane Creek components. We look to the rider – to ourselves – on the bike and ask, “How will this improve the ride?”

1974

Dia-Compe

Japanese cycling component  manufacturer Dia-Compe establishes its U.S. headquarters in the Cane Creek Valley in Fletcher, NC.

Original Cane Creek building construction

1974

1989

Partnership with Rockshox ®

Despite primary expertise in brakes, Dia-Compe began to expand its product line in the late 1980s, taking on manufacturing, distribution, and sales of the RockShox® RS1 suspension fork in 1989 – the first widely available suspension fork in the world.

Cane Creek RS1

1989

1990

The World’s First Threadless Headset

After a chance encounter with inventor John Rader at the World Championships in Durango, Dia-Compe acquired the patent to a groundbreaking method for creating headsets with no need for complicated threads. Engineers inside the company began to work with Rader to perfect this new “threadless headset”.

1990

1992

Dia-Compe, USA is Established

In 1992, Yoshigai K.K. Company Ltd., the Japanese manufacturer of Dia-Compe brand brakes, sold the assets of its U.S. manufacturing and marketing arm, Dia Compe, Inc., to an investment group headed by Dia Compe’s U.S. company’s President. A new independent company, owned by Brad Thorne and Don Dixon was formed and named Dia-Compe USA, inc. 

1992

1994-1995

Introducing The Cane Creek Line

In 1994, Dia-Compe USA introduced the U.S. designed and manufactured Speedcheck® disc brake. The company then introduced Cane Creek brand in the fall of 1995, to distinguish its proprietary U.S. designed and manufactured products from the products it distributed under the Dia-Compe trademark. All Cane Creek components were designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. and were marketed worldwide by Dia-Compe USA. The Cane Creek line also included AD-4 rear shock, which were introduced in 1995. 

1994-1995

1996

Cane Creek Cycling Components is Born

In 1996, the company changed its name from Dia-Compe USA to Cane Creek Cycling Components.

1996

1997

Cane Creek Acquires Thudbuster

In 1997, Thudbuster a premium suspension seatpost – was primarily used in cross country mountain biking. Since then, the Thudbuster line has evolved into primarily a commuter, cargo and adventure bike component.  Bringing bolt on compliance, comfort and reliability to riders all over the world. 

Thudbuster G2

1997

1998

Cane Creek Launches Crono Wheels

Cane Creek Crono wheels are introduced – complete with: 

  • Tall bolt-on drive side flange
  • Nipples at the hub
  • Straight pull spokes 

1998

2005

The Double Barrel (DB) Shock

In 2005, Cane Creek revolutionized the mountain bike suspension landscape with the introduction of the first 4 – way adjustable twin tube rear shock. By partnering with Swedish brand Ohlins, known for its premium moto suspension the original Cane Creek Double Barrel was born. Cane Creek has continued to refine and perfect the Double Barrel twin tube technology over the last 15 years. With the current DB Kitsuma offering Tool-Free adjusters giving riders an unprecedented amount of freedom and control in determining how their shock performed on the trail – Pro Tune at your Fingertips

DB coil OG

2005

2011

The 110 Headset

Cane Creek introduced the 110 headset – a premium headset built on the legacy and technology of the original Aheadset – and backed by Cane Creek’s now legendary lifetime guarantee.

2011

2016

Partnership with eeCycleworks

Under new leadership from CEO Brent Graves, Cane Creek drew upon our roots as a brake manufacturer and entered into a partnership with the industry-renowned inventor and product designer Craig Edwards to manufacture and distribute his ultra-light eeBrake system. Craig remains an active part of new product development at Cane Creek as a special product engineer helping to develop and design the game-changing products of tomorrow.

Cane Creek eeBrakes

2016

2017

Helm Suspension Fork, Limited Edition Brakes, DBair IL and New Headsets

2017 was a groundbreaking year for Cane Creek with the introduction of thirteen new products including the HELM – Cane Creek’s first ever suspension fork – and the first in a long series of limited edition products kicked off by the eeBrakes El Dorado named after a legendary car from product designer Craig Edward’s past.

helm 27.5 MKI

2017

2018

eeWings Crankset and a New Generation of eeBrakes

Topping the previous year’s record, Cane Creek released fifteen products in 2018 including the now-legendary eeWings crankset. The eeWings, which were influenced by the design of Craig Edwards’ original Sweetwings cranks from the 1990’s, have grown to become one of the most sought after components in Cane Creek’s collection.

eeWings

2018

2019

The Hellbender Bottom Bracket and HELM WS 130

Along with seven other new products, Cane Creek ventured into bottom brackets with the introduction of the Hellbender bottom bracket series. These are premium bottom brackets designed to provide riders with the same quality, performance and durability that they have come to expect from Cane Creek.

Cane Creek Bottom Brackets next to each other

2019

2020

An All-New Thudbuster and The Introduction of Small Batch

Despite facing the challenges associated with a global pandemic, Cane Creek introduced eleven new products in 2020 including an all-new Thudbuster seatpost and the first-ever small-batch series of components.

2020

2020

Cane Creek Introduces the Newest Double Barrel Shock

Cane Creek brings the newest Double Barrel shock to market, the DB Kitsuma. DB Kitsuma provides the rider with the most intuitive and easiest-to-use interface on a twin-tube damper ever released. 

Kitsuma

2020

2021

The eeSilk Full Compliance Package

With the introduction of eeSilk, eeSilk+ and in 2022 the eeSilk Stem, Cane Creek made it easier for riders to add compliance to their All-Road and Gravel Bikes by offering the Full Compliance Package. 

2021

Factory Tour

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Did you know that all Cane Creek DB rear shocks and Helm front forks are assembled by hand right here in Western North Carolina? ⁠

Cane Creek Journal

Being Frank: Product Management Axioms

Brent Graves – CEO & President Being Frank: Product Management Axioms I’ve talked around Product Management (PM) several times in the past. Last November

Our Team

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Cane Creek is an employee-owned company based in the mountains of North Carolina. Voted one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work, the company is deeply rooted in the culture of cycling

ENTHUSIASTS AND GEARHEADS WANTED

If you’re passionate about cycling, we might have a position for you at Cane Creek. The environment in our North Carolina facility is progressive, fun and full of opportunity. So if you think you’re a good fit for Cane Creek, we want to hear from you.

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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.