Crank Brothers Headsets
I've got two and found them to perform like you'd expect a headset to, but with a couple of observations…Posted 8 years ago
– v low stack – can be good or bad, but was a reason for me using them on a particular bike
– difficult to fit – for some reason seem to be toughter to get home than a CK etc, even with a proper headset press
– some of the exposed surfaces have rusted a bit – not something you'd expect from a premium piece of kitBuzzardMember
I havent been impressed with my Cobalt xc one. I struggled to fit it and after I had, I found that the small lip of metal running around the bottom bearing housing had started to crack. This is apparently a common problem with fitting (that is partly user error I imagine) but with premium kit I would expect more. The experience amongst the group I ride with is that the crankbrothers stuff looks amazing but its over complicated and prone to failure. King is the only way to go if premium or FSA have always been good to mePosted 8 years agoargyleMember
partly user error I imagine
you fit something wrong, wreck it in the process and then complain?
I love my opium headset, mostly due to the super low stack and neat looks. just needs a bit of care when fitting.
Buzzard – did you contact 2pure after you had these problems to see if they could help out at all?Posted 8 years agoBuzzardMember
argyle – not to be misunderstood. My point was that I can accept that when fitting I didnt understand the fragility of the lip in question. I did however fit the headset according to the prescribed instructions and still found the cracking. If you search on MTBR you will find that this issue has been raised on a number of occasions by other users too – so in my book it makes it a design flaw (I'm not complaining per se but only voicing my opinion on the product). So far the cracking has not effected performance but it does leave the bearings exposed somewhat as the seal doesnt fit nicely into the recess any longer. My email to 2Pure went unanswered.Posted 8 years agoLordOnOneMember
I ran a Cobalt C on my Swift through a lot of last year. It isn't the easiest to install, the bearings are poorly sealed and easily squeezed, the headset had play that couldn't be sorted out through conventional means and the outside of the cups rusted. The instructions state a 2 year warranty, contrary to the 5 year warranty stated on the box and website. Replaced with a Hope.Posted 8 years agopinchesMember
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Made on behalf of Crank Bros by Cane Creek. Might explain a few things….
cane creek own the Aheadset patent…I'm guessing CB get a bit of a discount by putting the cane creek name on the thing
apart from it actually says on the box of the crank bros headsets that they're manufactured under license of crank bros by cane creek.Posted 8 years agoheiheiMember
As a follow on from my earlier post, I removed mine from my bike yesterday and was v unimpressed. Surfaces heavily rusted, bearing seal popped out, was as difficult to uninstall as it was to install, and the pinch collar had corroded so was difficult to get out. Won't be buying another one thats for sure.Posted 8 years ago
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