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Cane Creek Head Angle set?

chrisdouglaschrisdouglas Posts: 114
edited June 2015 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi everyone,

so I'm picking up some new upgrades this week, I'm also thinking about picking up a Cane Creek set to alter the head angle on my bike. It's a 2013 Kona HeiHei 29". Right now it's a steep angle at 70 degrees. Obiously I'll never get super slack angles with a CC set but the 1.5 degree will give me something a little more useable right?

Also has anyone run one of these sets at it's highest setting and can anyone give me an idea of how well these sets work? I've heard that they can sometimes run a little noisy? Is it that noticeable?

Thanks to anyone that can give me some advice and some info
2013 Kona HeiHei - 29 Life


  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Why do you think 68.5 degrees will give you something more usable? What you gain from one thing you lose to another.
  • chrisdouglaschrisdouglas Posts: 114
    Why do you think 68.5 degrees will give you something more usable? What you gain from one thing you lose to another.

    Well I always felt like I was sitting right over the handle bars, I've altered my seat angle which helped a little, then after riding a friends bike with a slacker head angle it felt almost perfect. Right now it feels really twitchy in corners, it certainly holds well in a straight line but not in the bends, where as on my friends it felt like the best of both worlds. Looking at the designs of both bikes everything is about on a par (give or take 0.5/1 degree) and the only thing I can alter really is the head angle. I'm also playing with suspension first before I spend any more money, I just want to ask the question.

    Now the ideal world I'd not bother with any upgrades at all and I'd buy a new bike that is perfect for me. However I dont have that luxury right now so I'm trying to make the best of what I've got, hence the upgrades. I agree I may well lose something by slackening the head angle, that's why I'm asking the question.
    2013 Kona HeiHei - 29 Life
  • poahpoah Posts: 3,369
    works components are a lot cheaper for an angled headset.
  • chrisdouglaschrisdouglas Posts: 114
    Thanks mate, I'll take a look into that :)
    2013 Kona HeiHei - 29 Life
  • rockmonkeyscrockmonkeysc Posts: 14,774
    If it's twitchy in corners but fine on the straights then it's not the head angle causing the problem, it's more likely to be just that your riding technique needs altering.
    I'm guessing your mates bike has smaller wheels? That's more likely the difference making cornering awkward but a change in riding style will sort it.
    Anglesets are fine but the rest of the geometry ideally needs tweaking to match which is impossible so it won't ever ride like a bike which has been designed to be slack.
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