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Cane Creek IS-3 Headset

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IS stands for "integrated system", and is so-named because the the IS design uses no cups. Instead, the bearings rest inside the head tube of the bikes frame, which has been specifically designed to cradle the bearings.  An IS headset cannot be retrofitted to an existing bike with traditional, pressed-in external headset cups.
  • Sealed cartridge bearing

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Cane Creek IS-3 Headset
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Smooth feel (3)
  • Tight seal (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Reviewed by 6 customers

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    5.0

    The perfect budget Cane Creek headset.

    By Ryan S

    from Gulf Coast, AL

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Construction
    • Smooth Feel

    Cons

    • Limited Sealing

    Best Uses

    • Replacement Bearings
    • Road Biking
    • To Replace Old Bearings

    Comments about Cane Creek IS-3 Headset:

    I purchased a frame that required a Cane Creek integrated headset, so I bought this - particularly because it was the cheapest I could find. I have to say, I am pretty impressed. The bearings are excellent quality and the headset seems machined with pretty good tolerance.

    The only fault I can find is the headset doesn't have a separate rubber shield for protection between the bearings and outer headset - like "triple sealed" headsets do.

    FYI - When you assemble the headset, the three silver shims should only be used to make sure the top headset clearances the frame. Only use as many as needed, if any at all.

    The headset is also cheap enough that anyone who needs replacement 45-degree IS bearings can just buy this headset and use the bearings from it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Perfect 4 my bike

    By Dingo

    from Tel Aviv, Israel

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Tight Seal

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Cane Creek IS-3 Headset:

      Perfect fit for my Felt Virtue bike

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      This Is The Standard

      By JD Of NSC

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • BMX
        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Cane Creek IS-3 Headset:

        This is your basic enclosed bearing IS headset which is a good value. Easy to install and it results in a smooth steerer. That said, I have also used the Cane Creek 40 headset and it is definitely superior, especially the quality of the seals. Each person needs to decide if moving up is worth it. I use the 40 for my bikes and the basic IS-3 for bikes I build for sale. You can't go wrong with either one but if you ride a lot in the rain and/or store your bike in a shed or garage, get the 40. The 110 is for people who have money to burn but I am sure it is fantastic but I'll never know.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great bang for the buck

        By Deadweight

        from Orange County Ca.

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Construction
        • Smooth Feel
        • Tight Seal

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Cane Creek IS-3 Headset:

          I got this as a replacement for the stock headset on my fixie. The quality of the headset is high and it is extremely smooth. I was pleasantly surprised by the low price and you can't go wrong with this headset in my opinion.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Solid replacement /easy install

          By Toad Guy

          from Zionsville, IN USA

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bearings
          • Cane Creek
          • Creaky
          • Internal Headset
          • Popping
          • Replacement

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cane Creek IS-3 Headset:

              I replaced a popping headset bearing set that was bike brand after three yrs of service with this Cane Creek. The Cane Creek is better bearings and has seals and shims the knock-off didnt. This install took 30 mins Remove the old "race" from fork crown when installing.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              great product

              By beary4171

              from Richmond VA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction
              • Smooth Feel
              • Tight Seal

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cane Creek IS-3 Headset:

                  nice looking, quality headset

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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