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.
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.
This is our DNA
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?”
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 included AD-4 rear shock, which were introduced in 1995.
In 1996, the company changed its name from Dia-Compe USA to Cane Creek Cycling Components.
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.
Cane Creek Crono wheels are introduced – complete with:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.