South Salem Cycleworks: Salem, Oregon
(503) 480-2001
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AheadSet brand bicycle headsets

AheadSet threadless headsets on this page: DC Kontak DL 1" black | TR 1" black
Cane Creek threadless headsets are here.

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From the Cane Creek web site: In 1974, international bicycle components manufacturer Dia-Compe Japan established their U.S. headquarters in the Cane Creek Valley, just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. The official reason for the location was to take advantage of a skilled local manufacturing workforce but rumor has it that company executives were equally fond of Western North Carolina’s beautiful mountains and golf courses.

Despite a primary expertise in brakes, the company began to expand their product line in the late 1980s, taking on manufacturing, distribution and sales of the RockShox® RS1 suspension fork in 1989 – the first widely available suspension fork in the world.

The following year, after a chance encounter with inventor John Rader at the World Championships in Durango, Dia-Compe acquired the patent to a groundbreaking method for creating headsets with no need for complicated threads. Engineers inside the company began to work with Rader to perfect this new “threadless headset”.

In 1992, employees of Dia-Compe USA purchased the company and Western North Carolina facility from the parent company in Japan. Dia-Compe USA was reborn as Cane Creek Cycling Components – an employee owned company dedicated to the idea that the best way to predict the next trend in cycling is to create it. Shortly thereafter, Cane Creek introduced the AheadSet® – the original threadless headset based on John Rader’s design – paving the way for a revolution in frame and fork design.

AheadSet DC Kontak 1" black threadless headset. New, $65.00

Part# 33168

  • We have three in stock
  • Made under license by Tange


New, in the box


All the parts are nicely finished.

AheadSet TR 1" black threadless headset. New, $35.00

Part# 33165

  • We have two in stock
  • O-Ring bearing seals


New, in the box

TR 1 Ahedset

And the insides....