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Oscillation Eliminated

ViscoSet offers viscous damping to make bicycles safer by inhibiting the uncontrolled steering oscillation known as speed wobble. Speed wobbles are vibrations that start small and get worse due to harmonics. This frightening shimmy can affect the handling of any bicycle under certain conditions and is the result of many different factors.

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Utilizing specially designed damping plates above the bearing in the upper assembly, ViscoSet stops the oscillation known as “speed wobble” before it can grow to a dangerous level.

The Viscoset’s ability to reduced arm fatigue, provide a more stable ride, and standup to the elements lends itself to a variety of applications including Bikepacking, gravel and ultra-endurance.

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Fluorocarbon gel

Micro-thin plates are inter-leaved in an encapsulated cartridge and connected to both the frame and the steerer tube. As they rotate against each other, a fluorocarbon gel between each layer provides viscous damping and stops the oscillation of the handlebars before it grows to a dangerous level.

Viscoset damping headset for bicycles


By changing the orientation of the Viscoset shims, riders are able to personalize the damping characteristics to their preferred amount of damping.

“I’m sold on the ViscoSet. I wish all my bikes had one installed. Reduced arm fatigue, a more stable ride, and more steadiness when packing and unpacking the bike are all great benefits. However, I also really appreciate the feel of it. With the added resistance, it simply has a high quality feel.”



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.



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Q & A

Is there a version of the Viscoset that will work on frames with an integrated headset (IS42) headset? If not, does Cane Creek plan on developing one? Nathan asked on July 18, 2023

Unfortunately No. The ViscoSet requires a bearing cup to work so they are only compatible with bikes using press fit headsets.

Ben Rea answered on July 19, 2023 store manager
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Can you use a visco upper and lower to create more damping/resistance or is this futile? Does viscoset create low speed damping? Example; standing next to bike with wheel straight and push from seat, would the fork remain straight? Robert asked on April 24, 2023

The current version of our ViscoSet, Hellbender70 Visco, is designed to be run as an upper or lower assembly. We do not suggest running both the upper and lower Hellbender70 Visco at the same time. The Hellbender70 Visco will provide low speed as well as high speed damping that will reduce speed wobbles on high speed descents as well as stabilize your front end with handlebar bags or bikepacking setups at lower speeds.

Ben Rea answered on May 24, 2023 store manager
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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.