Cane Creek’s 40-Series sets the standard for performance, durability and value. Drawing from the premium 110-Series design, the 40-Series includes all the features necessary for a durable, lightweight, long-lasting headset.
We make it easier, by developing consistent graphics, interchangeable parts and over 40 conﬁgurations to meet almost every size need. Sold in straight and tapered assemblies or tops & bottoms, tops are available in either short (9mm) or tall (15mm) stack height bearing covers. Precision engineered by Cane Creek in Fletcher, NC.
Featuring a full alloy construction – sealed cartridge bearings, 6000 series alloy cups and materials, and a sealed steel crown race, the Forty series headset sets the standard for all other headsets to be judged.
The ZN40 bearings are corrosion-resistant zinc-coated, machined steel cartridge bearings with hardened steel balls, which vastly increases the longevity of the 40 series headsets.
Interlok® Spacer Compatible
Our patented Interlok spacer design provides solid interface between the top cover and spacer stack, meaning they “nest” together and into the top of the bearing cover, which helps minimize shifting under load while riding; and shave 25% in weight off a standard alloy spacer stack. Spacers sold separately
Cane Creek Headsets
A legacy of innovation
In 1992, we brought the Aheadset®, the original 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.
6061 T-6 Aluminum Internally relieved to reduce weight
Tall and short aluminum and carbon covers offered on many IS and ZS models
Durable steel crown races
Dependable zinc coated, sealed bearings
EC30 will take a 38mm bearing
EC34 will take a 41mm bearing
ZS44 will take a 41mm bearing
ZS49 will take a 41mm bearing
EC44/40 will take a 52mm bearing
EC44/33 will take a 47mm bearing
EC49 will take a 52mm bearing
ZS56 will take a 52mm bearing
ZS62 will take a 52mm bearing
IS41 will take a 41mm bearing
IS42 will take a 42mm bearing
IS52 will take a 52mm bearing
All complete Cane Creek headset assemblies (top or bottom) will use a 36×45 degree contact angle bearing, with the exception of our IS47/33 and EC44/33 headset assemblies. IS47/33 and EC44/33 will use a 45×45 degree contact angle bearing.
Interlok® spacer compatible
Innovative Clip-Seal completely seals the top assembly and captures the compression ring to reduce the number of loose parts
High-quality, low friction face seals on the crown races
External Cup (EC) — 16mm top, 12mm bottom, ZeroStack (ZS) — 8mm or 15mm top, 4mm bottom, Integrated (IS) — 9mm or 15mm top, 1mm bottom
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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.