A long-time favorite among cyclists for their lightweight, quality components, Cane Creek has released three new products at this year’s Eurobike show. The HELM Coil 27.5, a coil-sprung suspension fork, a limited-edition color anodized version of their popular eeBrakes, and a new, premium headset, designed with a uniquely low stack height add new options to the Cane Creek line-up for riders.
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When Cane Creek launched their HELM air sprung fork earlier this year, it surprised those who associate the brand more with its ubiquitous shocks and headsets. But Cane Creek has been in the fork game longer than many realize—the company introduced some of the first mountain bike forks in the 90s. With the HELM Coil 27.5 fork, Cane Creek offers trail riders a choice between coil and air suspension, depending on their preference and riding style.
Why a coil? The development of lighter framesets for trail and enduro bikes has offered more freedom when it comes to component choices, and one consequence has been a revived interest in (generally heavier) coil spring suspension, especially for sustained, aggressive trails. On long descents, the oil in a shock can heat up and become less viscous, which will change the suspension progression. Coil shocks, which are suspended by a physical metal coil rather than oil and air pressure, offer more consistent performance and progression on punishing descents.
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The HELM Coil 27.5 is adjustable, and provides a suspension range from 130mm to 160mm of travel. The fork’s compression rod is indexed to ensure riders get the travel they need. Changing the location of the spring perch requires no addition parts and provides riders with a customized travel profile. The HELM 27.5 coil fork will retail for $1,100 and is available at CaneCreek.com now.
Cane Creek’s eeBrakes
Cane Creek’s ultra-light eeBrakes have gained a following among weight-watching road riders. According to Cane Creek, the eeBrakes are half the weight of most competitors on the market at 82 grams for the front and 80 grams for the rear.
For 2017, eeBrakes are being offered in a super-limited anodized blue-and-gold color. Cane Creek is calling it El Chulo—which can mean handsome or cocky, depending how you interpret it. The El Chulo eeBrakes will be available for two weeks only, from today until 15 September, so if they match that bike you’re building, you’ll have to act fast! They’re compatible with tires up to 28mm, and levers from SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo. They’ll run you $325, but regularly retail for $315, which means the cool colors are only a $10 upgrade.
Finally, Cane Creek’s new "Slamset" headset aims to give riders a lower stack height by creating a slimmer headset assembly. The Slamset makes possible stack heights as low as 2mm, while still providing a sealed bearing and proper preload for the headset. This option will appeal to riders looking for the extra aerodynamics and responsive handling of a low position on the bike.
Cane Creek has also equipped the Slamset with their newly designed Hellbender bearing. The Hellbender is a heavy-duty stainless steel bearing that’s sealed against the elements. Cane Creek is confident the Hellbender will stand up to just about any conditions you may encounter on the bike.
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