Sorry, this product is no longer available!
Cane Creek Forty Headset - 1 1/8" is no longer available at Merlin Cycles. However you may find an alternative or updated product below.

This item was discontinued 4th January 2019.

If you require help finding an alternative to this product please contact customer services.

Code: BA-A0068K
The all-new 40-Series is the work-horse of Cane Creek's headset line-up. The series incorporates all the features necessary for a durable, light-weight, long-lasting headset and represents the perfect balance of performance, durability and value.


  • Machined from 6061 T-6 Aluminium
  • Innovative Clip-Seal completely seals the top assembly and captures the compression ring to reduce the numberof loose parts
  • High quality, low friction face-seals
  • Durable steel crown race
  • Dependable black oxide, sealed bearings
  • Interlock spacer compatible
  • Upper/Lower stack: 16/12mm
  • Colour: Black
  • Weight: 98g
  • 1 1/8"
Excellent, quality headset. Arrived in good time so great service from Merlin. And a price that beat all competition. Headset is really well made, looks great and feels nice on the bike. Very happy, get one!
After research, decided on a Cane Creek headset over a Chris King -- then decided that, 30% of the price of a Cane Creek 110, the Cane Creek 40 would be 80% as good. So that's what I bought. A well-engineered and neat component. Very happy with it.
Quality, affordable traditional headset. No issues after a few hundred miles and easy install.
Top quality part this one (light, well finished) though selection would've been helped if it was also labelled EC34 on the website. Easiest headset crown race in my experience to fit too and one of few I've seen with an integrated seal. It's no Chris King but it's less than a third the price without being three times worse!!
Headset fitted well, feels smooth and looks great. Very nice and a good price.
Simple, reasonably priced headset with a usefully low stack height. Works very well and no reason (barring high pressure jetwashes) to suspect it will not continue to do so for a few years. I have one of these on my 'Cross bike already and the predictable H*pes on a few others and honestly, this is as good. While it doesn't seem to be explicitly stated, I strongly suspect that replacement cartridge bearings will not be difficult to find when the time comes, should I want to recommission instead of replace. Could it be any better? Maybe if there were more colours... ;)
Brilliant headset as always by Cane Creek. Silky smooth, good quality product and really easy to install
Reliable and easy to fit. Look stylish and can easily get replacement bearings.
Bought this headset because it has received some very good reviews on the web for its quality. So far no problems.
Good smooth headset for the price, easy to get just replacement bearings and easy to set up - fast delivery as usual
Great headset, feels good on the bike and is well made!
Good value headset.
A solid and dependable headset, at an Incredible price. Use these on both my MTBs - so far without problems. Arrived very quickly too. Great service Merlin. Thanks
Smooth as silk and reasonably priced.
Was changing to rigid forks on my Kona so I decided to stick a new headset in as well. Quality headset for not a lot of money. Solid and well made. Looks good on the bike, and has improved the handling/steering. Delivered quick - next day
Light and smooth, also neat little touch of a beveled edge to the cup to make it simpler to fit into the frames head tube. A*
Excellent value on this headset. Very happy with it in my new build. Great price too.
very nice, silky smooth turning, strait forward to fit with the right tools (dont try fitting to a new frame and forks without the required tools) and is sooo light and looks pimpin!
Great product at an unbeatable price, fast delivery.
A doddle to fit, lined up straight away. Good quality part fully sealed that hopefully will provide me with years of service. Delivered very quickly as always!
Fitted to Spesh FSRxc and been ridden quite hard since. Good bit of kit that looks the biz and does what it claims to. Would recommend it to fellow xc riders and would definitely recommend Merlin for their prompt reliable sales service.
good quality ,i like the Cane Creek's design!!
Great quality. Awesome price. Looks great on the bike
Brilliant value from Merlin again! :-) Cheapest on the Web by far! Headset feels good quality, bearings are well sealed, the crown race as an additional seal to keep water out - really good feature not found on many headsets - especially at this price! Using a headset-press, no problems installing. Headset feels very smooth when tensioned with star nut etc. Headset is new so can't comment on lifespan / wear but can't see this being an issue with the quality of the product. Very happy, will buy again when I need a replacement headset for another MTB. Ski