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Old 08-08-09, 11:01 AM   #1
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AER

The World’s Lightest Headset

Cane Creek, the world’s leader in headsets and headset technology, introduces the revolutionary AER.

By incorporating Norglide® composite bearing technology into a super lightweight design, the AER offers more than 50% weight savings over comparable models making it the world’s lightest headset. It’s the ultimate headset upgrade for road cyclists with an eye on weight. Made in U.S.A.


Tech: Norglide® Composite Bearing

The AER headset incorporates Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics latest innovation in composite bearing technology; Norglide® X2. A revolution in bearing technology, the X2 material sandwiches an aluminum base between a layer of low-friction PTFE tape and an elastomeric rubber backing material yielding a composite bearing that weighs scant 1.5 g. The Norglide® X2 bearing is durable enough to provide over 450 hours of smooth steering.




AER.TR

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1 1/8 in (28.6mm)
Norglide® X2 Composite Upper Bearing
Split-Lip Black Oxide Lower Bearing
46 g (Excluding Spacers and Preload)
Premium Headset 7075 T-6 Alloy
MSRP $125 USD

Now that's just silly. I also find it funny that they show all their weights minus "preload". Like that's not part of the headset. Their QC has pissed me off 2x this year...not to mention how they try to make you think their product is better than it really is. Let's bend the truth (weight minus preload) to make the public think it's waaaaay lighter than everything else on the market.
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I also find it funny that they show all their weights minus "preload". Like that's not part of the headset. Their QC has pissed me off 2x this year...not to mention how they try to make you think their product is better than it really is. Let's bend the truth (weight minus preload) to make the public think it's waaaaay lighter than everything else on the market.
If by "preload" they mean the star nut, top cap, bolt, or other mechanism, why then no, it's not a necessary component - just an installation tool, really, and there's no reason to include it in the published weight, particularly since they're apparently targeting the weight weenie market with this product.

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Old 08-08-09, 01:35 PM   #3
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Their use of the word "preload" confuses me. Preload is a concept, not a physical object.

But Gastro probably has it figured out.

Edit: I agree about not including spacers in the weight.
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That's road bike crap anyways. What Cane Creek product did you have trouble with? I have one of their headsets it seems really well made, it's the one with the 110 year warranty. I hope to turn it in for warranty in about 70 years or so just to be a butt wipe.
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If by "preload" they mean the star nut, top cap, bolt, or other mechanism, why then no, it's not a necessary component - just an installation tool, really, and there's no reason to include it in the published weight, particularly since they're apparently targeting the weight weenie market with this product.
I never thought about taking that crap off after installation.
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I don't know much about this new AER headset, but what is wrong with the 110 headsets? From every review I have read they are flawless. What do you suggest is better? The only other one I know of that is comparable/possibly better is a Chris King. Other than that I'm at a loss.
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, but what is wrong with the 110 headsets? From every review I have read they are flawless. What do you suggest is better? The only other one I know of that is comparable/possibly better is a Chris King. Other than that I'm at a loss.
Nothing wrong withthe 110's at all. No one said that
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I just figured when he was complaining about QC with them that he meant headsets. I suppose it could of been another Cane product (Rims, Brakes, ETC.).
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"Cane Creek, the world’s leader in headsets and headset technology, introduces the revolutionary AER."
Don't know where Ed was going with the thread but I Don't see the 100 or 110 headset mentioned?
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450 hours of smooth steering...
the composite must wear out rather quick.
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The BMX world is filled with these kinds of "revolutionary" weight savings ideas. Most everything taken to that extreme breaks. They have plastic BBs, stem/handlebar combos (not good for the harshness of BMX), plastic pegs, plastic everything... things that are drilled out, including frames.

There are some plastic parts that actually do work, like pedals... but most of it is just silly like this headset. For me, I'll just take a dump in the morning and consider that "weight savings".
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I'll just take a dump in the morning and consider that "weight savings".
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The BMX world is filled with these kinds of "revolutionary" weight savings ideas. Most everything taken to that extreme breaks. They have plastic BBs, stem/handlebar combos (not good for the harshness of BMX), plastic pegs, plastic everything... things that are drilled out, including frames.

There are some plastic parts that actually do work, like pedals... but most of it is just silly like this headset. For me, I'll just take a dump in the morning and consider that "weight savings".
I hate plastic pedals...

took my friend out for the first time today on a ride, he clipped a tree and his right pedal is cracked, and all crooked... broke right off the spindle.
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