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 – with wonder and curiosity.
Riding a bike isn’t just something we do, it’s part of who we are – enriching our lives every time we sit in the saddle. It’s our therapist, our best friend, our link to the kid in all of us – smiling from ear to ear pedaling to the end of the block and back for the first time. For us, being on a bike is joy and we know that the dedicated riders who choose Cane Creek products feel the same way.
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?”
It’s our belief that a cycling component brand must be about more than just balance sheets, income statements and manufacturing quotas. Simply because a product may be profitable doesn’t mean it’s worth making. If it does nothing to make riding better – through innovative design, superior performance and quality craftsmanship – then, simply put, we don’t do it.
At Cane Creek we are riders first and we know the difference that cycling makes in our lives and our customers lives. We know that every time someone chooses a Cane Creek product they are choosing to trust us with something that makes their life better.
We will honor that trust by making sure that every product we release – from a simple bearing to a four-way adjustable shock – is the best it can possibly be.
Japanese cycling component manufacturer Dia-Compe establishes its U.S. headquarters in the Cane Creek Valley in Fletcher, NC.
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.
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”.
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.
After months of development and refinement, Dia-Compe, USA brought John Rader’s original idea for a threadless headset to market – kicking off a major change in the way bicycle frames and forks would be developed going forward. The original design of that revolutionary headset is still found in almost all bikes on the market today.
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 AD-4 rear shock, which was introduced in 1995.
In 1996, the company changed its name from Dia-Compe USA to Cane Creek Cycling Components.
In 2005, Cane Creek revolutionized the suspension landscape with the introduction of the original Double Barrel shock. With twin tube technology and four-way adjustability, the Double Barrel gave riders an unprecedented amount of freedom and control in determining how their shock performed on the trail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.