Peter Gilbert of Cane Creek showed us some of the latest goodies from the Asheville, NC-based component manufacturer perhaps best known for headsets and brakes.
The eeWings cranks have been on the market for a little over a year, but cranksets and bottom brackets are a relatively new pursuit for the company. The “ee” moniker stems from Cane Creek’s collaboration with famed component designer Craig Edwards, who is known for finding just the right balance between light weight, stiffness and strength.
Case in point are the eeWings cranks, which are made of welded and formed titanium. This produces cranks that are light, stiffer than carbon, and perhaps most critically, very strong. This makes them ideal for a variety of applications.
“The eeWings cranks are great for all cycling disciplines: road and mountain, but especially for gravel riding and cyclocross,” said Gilbert.
The eeWings cranks come in 170, 172.5 and 175mm lengths. Gilbert said this range may expand with new length offerings in the future. For those seeking a unique look, Cane Creek showed a pair of eeWings with a “Ti-Dye” finish.
Gilbert also showed another of Edwards’ designs, the eeBrake, made of 100% CNC-machined parts and boasting a weight of just 76g per caliper. Now the sole brake offering from the company, the eeBrake offers the same blend of strength, stiffness and light weight that characterize all of the “ee” line.
Bearings might not be the sexiest of bike components, but surely they are among the most critical ones, and smooth bearings can save many watts of energy output. Gilbert showed a metal matrix SKF bottom bracket bearing using a very specific bearing technology that greatly reduces friction but is also extremely resistant to parts washing. This makes them an ideal application for cyclocross, where in muddy conditions mechanics often power wash bikes several times over the course of a single race.
See all the light, strong and stiff products at Cane Creek’s booth or online at www.canecreek.com.