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Cane Creek HellBender

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Kntr, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Kntr

    Kntr Turbo Monkey

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    Is the Cane Creek HellBender lower bearing worth it? I go through a 40 series lower bearing every year.
     

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  2. 6thElement

    6thElement Schrodinger's Immigrant

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    Not sure what the hellbender is, but have you tried using a 110 bearing?
     
  3. Olly

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    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)
     
  4. profro

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    Yeah, a 40 bearing a year is about right. Maybe even a bit long. I have yet to replace a 110.
     
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    Hellbenders kinda look like lizards. Just sayin'

     
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    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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  8. 4xBoy

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    If you are picky, the seal has a noticable amount of drag.
     
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  9. StiHacka

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    I just bought an integrated CC 110 and the set came with the hellbender lower bearing.

    And for the record, fuck integrated headsets, another lizard invention. :mad:
     
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    Why replace a headset cup when you can replace your entire front triangle!! :bonk:
     
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  11. jonKranked

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    for bmx bikes they make a lot of sense. Steel frames. low cost.
     
  12. ZHendo

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    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.
     
  13. StiHacka

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    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.
     
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    Stainless steel sounds like a suck material for a roller bearing...
     
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    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
     
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    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.