Cane Creek S-6 Headset

DESCRIPTION

CNC-machined 7075-T6 aluminum, stainless steel races and crown race, sealed angular contact bearing cartridges (replaceable) with full complement of stainless steel ball bearings; neoprene bearing seals; waterproof grease; aluminum top-cap.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 19, 2009]
azbb23
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks good, silky smooth bearings

Weakness:

None, once I figured out what the problem was.

I was just about to jump on-board the hate train for this headset after I installed my Reba Race. Up until this time it had worked perfectly with the IRD rigid fork that I had been using for almost a year. But after I installed the Reba, suddenly it became hard to adjust, creaked and would bind-up. Turns out that there was a small imperfection inside the headtube that caused the bottom bearing cup to bend inward and make contact with the tapered aluminum steerer of the Reba. A little Dremel action and no more problems. If you have the money, get a King, if not, save 60 to 100 dollars and get a Cane Creek, I've got them on all my bikes.

Similar Products Used:

Ritchey Logic, Chris King, other Cane Creek "S" series

[Jun 26, 2008]
Gary
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Silver color. That's about it

Weakness:

Everything but the silver color.

Once in a while, Nashbar does a blowout sale on some items, and you have to wonder why the price is so low. In this case, the headset is absolutely junk. I can see whey Nashbar were practically giving them away. Like the previous reviewers, this headset will not sit still. You have to constantly adjust it. I have Cane Creek's Thudbuster and wheelset, and they're both great. But this headset is a total bust.

Similar Products Used:

FSA

[Jul 13, 2003]
james boggs
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

smoooth, strong, easy to grease & clean

Man, it is very, very, very, very hard to try to come up with 50 words to describe a headset, but I'll try. I was mad because I thought my s-6 was creaking and had been for almost 2 years and was going to write a bad review. I finally figured out that it was my seatpost, so I am giving the s-6 a positive review because it has worked well for 2 years.

Similar Products Used:

diacomp, aheadset

[Oct 14, 2005]
Thad
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth, sealed bearings, silver looks good.

Weakness:

Seems heavier than my other. If you can't push the weight of this headset...give up.

I bought this because I killed my stock headset after 2 years. It is afordable, I've had no problems, and it looks fine. Good for an upgrade from stock equipment. It's a headset, why pay more?

Similar Products Used:

Stock with bike.

[Feb 04, 2006]
Matthew Raggett
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Solid, looks nice

Weakness:

In the wet. This is not the headset to use if you ride in wet conditions (or if you clean your bike!)

After 6 months the thing needed taking apart, cleaned and greased up to stop it grinding, now it needs the same treatment very week. Next week I think I'll froget the cleaning and buy something with a little more 'seal' to it.
Singapore gets lots of rain and is very hot;any moisture that can get in will start doing its damage at a speed like nothing I knew in Europe or on Vancouver Island. I have never taken a headset apart until using the S6. It is very strong and I would not be changing in if I lived in the dry.

Similar Products Used:

Aheadset DiaCompe

[Apr 03, 2004]
Cliff
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lightweight, smoooooth sealed angular contact stainless steel bearings, Cane Creek tech support

Weakness:

None for riding in dry conditions; for a lot of riding wet/rainy conditions, seals look like they could "seal" a little better - but assuming the bearings are fully packed with a top quality waterproof grease... yep I'm reaching

No problems; silky smooth bearings - hold inner race with one hand and push and turn outer housing with the other. Nice...can't feel any bearing roughness or play. Even better on the bike. Looks like a pretty good seal setup on the bearing itself. Same after several months use, including rock garden hammerings and mild drops, downhill 2 to 3 feet with 185lb rider.

Buy if you need a great XC headset; especially if you can find it on sale in the $50 dollar range. The bearings should say "stainless steel" on them. Currently, bearings for 1 1/8 inch s-2 and s-6 interchange so if you have an s-2 (I did), you can upgrade for about $30 to the s-6 bearings but check with CC tech support first. Cane Creek Tech is, as usual, very good.

Similar Products Used:

Aheadsets, FSA, S-2, Dia-Compe?, generic

[Jan 31, 2002]
Matt Nikkila
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Feels so much better then the stock a headset that came with my bike. Was easily put together.

Weakness:

none.

Well, if your worried about a good headset that isn't going to take 3 checks go for it. There's nothing wrong with cane Creek.

Similar Products Used:

a- headset

[Jan 16, 2004]
Scott
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, smooth.

This review is for the SoLos headset.

I've been upgrading my Specialized hardtail for the past two years. I thought the OE headset was perfectly fine until I rode the SoLos. Significant weight savings, and the bearings are frictionless, or so it seems. This headset , along with a Thompson stem and Easton EC70 flat bar has made my bike a lighter and much more efficient riding platform

The SoLos headset also carries a 10 year guarantee.

[Jan 15, 2002]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

The good name.......Cane Creak!

Weakness:

Creak, creak, creak, creak... Never would stay tight. Can't keep the bearings from moving and creaking. Nice metal dust coming out of the bottom bearing cup.

Pretty weak headset......I admit, I am a big guy in bikeworld (205 lbs) but never had problems with a King.

It may be fine if your a 140lbs and ride neighborhood streets.

1 chili only cause I have to.

Similar Products Used:

Chris King Nothread

[May 16, 2006]
Dominic L
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Interchangeable sealed bearings. Stainless steel crown race. Silver looks nice.

Weakness:

None


I've had this headset for over 3 years, came with the bike. I ride 3 to 4 times a week in all conditions. It has been through mud, dusty and wet conditions and have never had to replace clean or do any maintenance to it even when I spray wash my bike. If you can get one of these for a good price I would buy it. The s6 has a stainless steel crown race that will prevent corrosion and rust over the lower end models of this brand and many other competitors even in the higher price range. If I ever have a problem I just replace the bearings with not special tools or having to remove the cups and these bearings are available and made by different manufacturers and can be found really cheap if I ever need to change them. The only issue I have is a slight discoloration but all headsets will change color in wet, heat and sunny conditions.

Similar Products Used:

Integrated headsets only

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