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Cane Creek HellBender

Kntr

Turbo Monkey
Jan 25, 2003
7,536
20
Montana
Is the Cane Creek HellBender lower bearing worth it? I go through a 40 series lower bearing every year.
 

6thElement

Schrodinger's Immigrant
Jul 29, 2008
5,004
2,582
Not sure what the hellbender is, but have you tried using a 110 bearing?
 

Olly

Monkey
Oct 1, 2015
118
56
What @6thElement said. I used to have the same issue with 40 lower bearings. The 110 bearing has lasted a lot longer.

(Cue a spectacular explosion of the lower headset bearing on the next ride)
 

csermonet

Monkey
Mar 5, 2010
940
122
eh, both my brother and I have Hellbender lower bearings in our 110 and they have a super amount of drag. the typical handlebar flop you shoot for when the bike is in the stand is not possible with the Hellbender when you set proper headset tension. i mean its usable, but in my opinion it doesn't feel very good. apparently they will give you a new one no questions asked, but i cant be bothered enough to ask
 
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ZHendo

Turbo Monkey
Oct 29, 2006
1,586
53
PNW
I smoked my 40 lower bearing in 5 rides on my DH bike, couldn't handle the PNW apparently. I wrote Cane Creek and they offered me a Hellbender as a replacement for $18, which is a hell of a lot better than spending $50 MSRP. While it might be annoying that one time you first install the bearing, I can't see how seal drag would be any sort of issue on the trail.

In other news, the CC rep also told me that they changed the coating on their 40 bearings from black oxide to zinc...apparently acknowledging that those black oxide bearings are utter shite with the slightest hint of moisture.
 

ZHendo

Turbo Monkey
Oct 29, 2006
1,586
53
PNW
Bump. Are people happy with Hellbender bearings? I've had to replace both lower and upper one. Back to 40 more, much happier. Manufacturing tolerances must have been totally off for HB, so much binding.
I have them on my Sentinel after the 40 bearings died. They still feel really tight, but I'm hoping they loosen up a bit over time. I can't say I notice any difference while riding, but in the stand the extra friction/resistance is noticeable
 

StiHacka

Compensating for something
I have them on my Sentinel after the 40 bearings died. They still feel really tight, but I'm hoping they loosen up a bit over time. I can't say I notice any difference while riding, but in the stand the extra friction/resistance is noticeable
I've read they got a few out of spec 41mm bearings out there that had the seating surfaces machined improperly and were binding in the headset as a result. I am quite sure mine is one of those. It is frustrating as I bought a complete 110 headset less than six months ago and it arrived with the damned hellbender things and they are nothing but problems. Gonna ask CC to fix it.