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Cane Creek's newest headset features steering stabilization

Published January 10, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components has a new headset that features steering stabilization. The Hellbender 70 Visco Headset is designed to reduce speed wobble.

The Hellbender 70 Visco works with cargo, commuter, children's, gravel, bikepacking, and mountain bikes. 

The headset's patented technology utilizes a series of stainless steel shims — called damping plates — that create friction between the outer and inner damping plates. Inner plates rotate with the handlebar and outer plates stay stationary with the frame. Riders and mechanics can tune their damping characteristics by changing the orientation of the plates. The headset is sold set in the middle damping range and can be adjusted to have either more or less damping from the factory setting. Adjusting requires no proprietary tools and is similar to performing a basic headset service.

The cups and covers are manufactured from 7075 T-6 aluminum and equipped with premium stainless steel Hellbender bearings. Similar to other Cane Creek headsets, the Hellbender 70 Visco has seals located at the crown race, steerer tube, and top cover.

It's offered in two press-fit options: a top-only ZS44 and a bottom-only ZS56 configuration. The addition of the ZS56 lower fitment option allows for more compatibility on bikes with oversized headtubes, internal cable routing, and 1.5-inch straight steerer tubes.

The Hellbender 70 Visco is available at select retailers and online. The ZS44 is available for $99.99 and the ZS56 bottom for $119.99.

Hellbender 70 Visco ZS44.

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