Cane Creek Announces Limited Edition 'IPA Inspired' Fork, BB, Crank Preloader & Headset

Nov 10, 2020
by Cane Creek  

PRESS RELEASE: Cane Creek Cycling Components

Introducing Cane Creek Small Batch 2020 - IPA

bigquotesWestern North Carolina is known for many things - flowing singletrack followed by rugged descents, miles of beautiful and serene country roads, seemingly endless gravel tracks… and really good beerSam Anderson, Cane Creek Cycling Components


A staple of that regional beer culture is the “small batch” brew. These are unique and interesting beers that are produced in limited quantities for a limited time. They give both the brewer and the beer lover a chance to try something new and have some fun with the beer that they love.

This one-time run will have extremely limited quantities; notably, there are only 25 HELM MKII's available

This year, in honor of the brewing heritage of western North Carolina, we are offering our own small batch series of products. Starting today, we will offer our HELM MKII fork, Hellbender 70 headset, Hellbender 70 bottom bracket and crank preloader in a deep amber color we are calling IPA after the iconic brew. These products are available in extremely limited quantities and are only available factory-direct through www.canecreek.com.


HELM MKII FRONT FORK - CANE CREEK SMALL BATCH 2020- IPA



HELLBENDER 70 BOTTOM BRACKET - CANE CREEK SMALL BATCH 2020-IPA
CRANK PRELOADER - CANE CREEK SMALL BATCH 2020- IPA

HELLBENDER 70 HEADSET - CANE CREEK SMALL BATCH 2020-IPA




Every order of a Cane Creek Small Batch IPA product will include a commemorative poster designed in the spirit of some of the great beer labels we’ve seen over the years. Orders over $200 will also include a pint glass featuring the same commemorative design.
Like the beers they are named after, these small batch products are expected to go quick so visit www.canecreek.com and get your order in today.


Cane Creek Cycling Components Small Batch 2020 - IPA


209 Comments

  • 222 9
 Wow, tough crowd here. It's just a limited edition colour, nobody is hurting you.
  • 51 5
 it could be called unicorn jizz and we'd be offended!! This is pinkbike gawdamit
  • 11 1
 My Marzocchi Z1 works great, but these would look absolutely stunning on my similar coloured 2019 Sight C1!
  • 59 0
 Little did any of you know I've been running Guinness-Inspired black parts on my bike for years.
  • 12 4
 Show me where it hurt you.
  • 3 0
 I need that poster to put next to my empty beer bottle collection!
  • 6 0
 @sewer-rat: I would 100% buy all of the parts that came (!) in "unicorn jizz." CC, are you listening?
  • 3 0
 Actually this is cool AF.
  • 4 0
 @ohio: You are in luck! Oil slick parts abound.
  • 2 0
 @sewer-rat: Isn't that just rebranded oil slick?
  • 4 2
 Craft beer sucks
  • 175 0
 I tried this fork out. A little bit too hoppy for my taste.
  • 13 0
 Have a mosaic Cryo about it.
  • 3 0
 @Waldon83: haha homebrewing jokes. Not sure if everyone got that.
  • 2 0
 and that's the comment I came here for!
  • 3 0
 I'd wait for the citra simcoe edition
  • 3 0
 Now this fellas, is a conversation I can get around. I'm getting massive into these DDH Oat Cream IPA's by a Brewery here called Mr Banks. They do a 'Feels' series and I've had the Idaho Feels, Simcoe feels and Citra Feels.... all terrific.
  • 2 0
 @Waldon83: Stop dude. You are making me thirsty. And it is only 9:48 here in south america.
  • 8 0
 It looks stout, but my judgment may be a little hazy.
  • 2 0
 @herzalot: looks stout taste porter imo
  • 154 3
 Waiting for a SRAM SX Coors Light edition.
  • 139 1
 How's coors light like sex in a canoe?

f*cking close to water
  • 8 2
 lol. underrated comment; username checks out

would pair best with a tatty Santa Cruz Nickel
  • 1 0
 LOL
  • 4 11
flag shagolagal (Nov 10, 2020 at 9:33) (Below Threshold)
 Please don’t insult Coors Light like that.
  • 6 0
 @shagolagal: is that even possible?
  • 1 1
 Don't feel left out, SRAM makes sure all their drivetrains have the kind of performance you would equate to the taste of Coors Light beer and they've already been charging you a limited run type price for years.
  • 124 59
 Basic white guy marketing.
  • 68 31
 I assume neg props are people that felt personally attacked by this.
  • 20 6
 @adrennan: I'm a white guy but I'm offended because I don't like IPAs personally. Actually, does that make me not a real white guy?
  • 24 0
 Next: Cane Creek plaid flannel limited edition.
  • 8 2
 pretty sure beer doesn't discriminate...
  • 9 3
 LOL, what? Only white people like IPAs???
  • 9 26
flag Ride406orDie (Nov 10, 2020 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 @yupstate: no, only that you're likely a man. Only the hipsters and peter pans drink IPAs.
  • 24 1
 The craft beer loving, mountain biking, white male is definitely a meme at this point.
  • 8 0
 @yupstate: might want to get DNA tested bro
  • 8 0
 I'm holding out hope for a White Claw edition.
  • 4 3
 This will go over HUGE in western NC... with everyone who’s not originally from here.
  • 1 6
flag Y12Sentinel (Nov 10, 2020 at 11:34) (Below Threshold)
 gotta keep the phytoestrogen high so they can handle tough world issues
  • 13 9
 @audeo03: Nobody likes IPAs, but only white people act like they do
  • 5 1
 @nyhc00: That would be anything made by Yeti.
  • 1 2
 Hipster doofus white guy marketing to be specific... Actually it's a friggen sweet colorway though...
  • 1 1
 @pakleni: are we talking IPA or the North American version? The transatlantic stuff is too dry and hits the throat like a jet off muck-off at the post ride bikini waterfight.
  • 1 1
 @muletron: Idk. I'm not a connoisseur. I've tried French, Belgian and Croatian and they all taste funky. They leave some kind of dry sour aftertaste that spoils every food you're eating at the time
  • 1 0
 @mberrevoets: The craft beer loving, Tacoma driving, bearded mountain biking white male...

Couple more edits. KTHXBYE.
  • 1 0
 No way it's any whiter than Fox marketing a limited edition Pistachio color.
  • 1 0
 @PocoBoho: that felt like an extremely personal attack haha
  • 2 0
 @pakleni: Says someone who obviously doesn't like IPAs. If they were unliked as you say, then we wouldn't have them in mass numbers on shelves, would we?
Personally, I'd love to see a bigger resurgence into brown ales and alts.
Until then, I'll just keep drinking IPAs, ambers, stouts, porters, and anything else that tastes good.
  • 97 40
 If you buy this fork do you get a flannel shirt and an obnoxious attitude free of charge?
  • 27 4
 You also have to buy $12 coffee and grow a beard, and never forget that VW van (in the UK anyway)
  • 10 3
 @sewer-rat: more like the benz sprinter van...
  • 99 2
 @sewer-rat: sir this is america, we use ford raptors for commuting to our accounting jobs here
  • 2 0
 @sjma: haha!!
  • 8 0
 @sewer-rat: Stateside its an old Sprinter. Extra points if it's got a Mercedes badge instead of dodge.
  • 1 0
 @phclaw: AH, beat me to it.
  • 8 8
 Probably not. But I'm sure it comes with scrawny arms and a disdain for ebikes free of charge!
  • 6 5
 @sjma: thank god dirty hipsters aren’t making that kind of money. Imagine how much more obnoxious they would be if they weren’t living paycheck to paycheck
  • 7 0
 @Mntneer: ever talked with guys that have custom titanium singlespeed hardtails? generally they know their stuff inside and out (and will be happy to tell you all about them) but they remind me of 3rd gen MR2 guys at autocross events looking down on NA/NB miatas and new balance dads whipping their Z06s
  • 8 0
 @ou812ic: Yep. Riding in Hood River last year played "Count the #vanlife's" with the kids. Lost count quickly. Many a weekend warrior in the Benz sprinter with light scruff, quick dry shorts, and usually an Arc'teryx sticker in the rear window. No hate. If it brings you joy, you've got a spare 100g's and doesn't hurt others you do you... but personally unless you are living out of it think there are far more convenient options for camping especially if shuttling is involved...sorry Dad (he has one... and lots of quick dry shorts).
  • 1 0
 @ou812ic: we have both in canada.
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: I live in a small town north of Detroit and people literally use Ford Raptors for commuting to accounting jobs!
  • 3 0
 @healthy-not-sick-biker: I just moved to Thailand and we all use 3litre tubro double cab trucks to pop to the shops and pick the kids up from school.

Why? Classed as farm vehicles so about 30% cheaper than a saloon or suv!
  • 2 1
 @sjma: there was only 2 gens of mr2.
  • 1 0
 @EdSawyer: W10, W20, and W30 were the internal codes for the 3 gens. OG Angular with available supercharger, melty 2nd gen with available turbo, and then no pop up headlights.
  • 1 0
 @EdSawyer: Technically that hideous looking convertible thing is an MR2
  • 49 0
 What IBU is the fork oil supposed to be?
  • 7 0
 7%W-120
  • 13 0
 I bet it feels nice hopping over gaps, but the price will leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth.
  • 16 0
 Fun Fact: Suspension oil makes your mouth numb.
  • 35 0
 Color aside, all my RaceFace cranksets have had the garbage preload adjuster replaced with a Cane Creek. No more adjustments and possible stripping of the threads/tiny bolt every 3 rides. Highly recommend.
  • 3 0
 Straight swap? Haven't had issues yet *knocks on wood* but that would be a cheap upgrade for peace of mind!
  • 5 0
 @skierdud89: Yup, bought right on Amazon. Take the old one off, put the new one on. Just has some adapters depending on if you have Race Face, SRAM or something different but even that is right in the instructions.
  • 3 0
 I get Black Spire preload adjusters. Much cheaper
  • 1 1
 I made one out of a plastic strip and zipties. Its been working perfectly fine since 1 year ago
  • 1 1
 I just use spacers that come with the Wheels Manufacturing BB's I use...
  • 5 1
 @chillrider199: Yes, I like to use as many zip-ties and hacks as possible on my $8000 bike! LOL, to each their own. The preload isn't brain surgery so there's probably lots of ways to accomplish it.
  • 1 0
 @yupstate: I almost got the CC preload but didnt want to pay for a $30 ring haha. But I mean it works. I dont have to fiddle with it at all. So thats the cool part!
  • 4 0
 @chillrider199: "didn't want to pay for a $30 ring"....you must not be engaged.
  • 2 0
 @yupstate: Yeah Im not engaged. Hahah
  • 1 0
 @agnostic: what Blackspire preload rings are you referring to, and will they fit DUB cranks? Got a link?
  • 23 2
 Do cane creek make a rear fork?
I'll never get the terminology front fork. it's just a fork, looks nice though.
  • 19 1
 Rear forking, I hear its pretty good.
  • 13 0
 I don't care what it's called. I just like the colour. Cc, can you please instead of a pint glass include a set of eewings with my 200$+ order? After confirmation I'll take the whole package...
  • 2 0
 same here. saves us on shipping cost, i guess.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: junge du hier... Helm always hits a sweet spot. CaneCreek! Well you inside a case of ipa when we order two complete sets? I swear we'll share the beers and taste them favorably
  • 1 0
 @danimaniac: unfortunately i already have a helm Frown although i really like that bourbon finish. it's just... i can't afford another same fork right now, just for colour reasons. i'd rather save that money for later to throw it at a set of eewings or an intend edge. on the other hand, if you manage to get that free eewings deal, i'm in. btw, you can have the IPA's, i'll go with a "limited helm coloured" single malt.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: i know, I know...
  • 1 0
 The color is neat, but if your IPA is that color, something went wrong.
  • 17 1
 Why is everyone so bitter?
  • 1 3
 Because instead of riding, they're making comments on PB to fill in that gap of feeling fulfillment and accomplishment, even if not constructive?
  • 2 0
 Because they're reviewing an IPA.
  • 10 2
 difficult to resolve the true color with that busy fall leaves background... and the text does not help you love it. let's see at least one product shot on a plain white background.
  • 11 0
 came in here for hipster jokes, left satisfied
  • 9 0
 I'll wait for the White Claw version.
  • 8 0
 Does it taste like a grapefruit dipped in aftershave?
  • 8 1
 I'm looking forward to the EPO inspired versions
  • 6 0
 This fork + an EXT Storia in the back would make for some nice looking suspension
  • 6 1
 Felt a rush to ride right now.... or to drink IPAs. Not sure which one I ll chose first.
  • 10 0
 what I lose in talent I gain in courage
  • 3 0
 Nothing better than a cold one after the ride. Cheers.
  • 2 0
 @tobyalvarellos: that's where it came the infamous "hold my beer and watch this". Usually ends up in a Friday Fails video.
  • 4 2
 I do like that Cane Creek is making more interestingly-colored products. Not to mention the awesome eeWings I cannot yet afford...

Funky road brakes in retro colors, beer-colored bits, rainbow Ti cranksets... better than plain black-with-boring-decals *cough* (RockShox)
  • 6 0
 That same rockshox that does forks in black, red, blue, silver, and battleship grey?
  • 1 2
 @TenBurner: Yep, that one. If I recall correctly, those (actually pretty nice colors) are available on there most expensive "ultimate" forks. I would like to see more colors everywhere.

Although to be fair it's still pretty much only the limited-edition brakes and things that come in lots of colors from CC... That's why I like Hope so much I think. Gorgeously machined loveliness that comes in pretty colors. No having to buy the most expensive set of brakes to get the color you want.
  • 3 0
 @rosemarywheel: I'm pretty sure Hope doesn't make entry level stuff like Rockshox, and the brakes aren't really cheap
  • 1 0
 @crashtor: I am not quite sure what you mean. I like the fact that there isn't any 'entry level' stuff from some company's.
As for their brakes being cheap or not, you buy cheap, you buy twice (or three, four, five times...)
I know some people don't have the money or the need to but the nicer, more expensive components the first time around, I just don't mind waiting to buy the nicer things and not having to worry about buying them again for a Loooooooong time.
  • 3 0
 @rosemarywheel: I think it's a good thing as well, in fact I love their stuff and run some parts on my own bike (not the brakes tho, I like Formula more). You mentioned Rockshox making boring looking entry level stuff, I don't think someone who buys a Yari is in the same market for a pair of brakes that cost as much as that fork. Also Hope makes just one set of brakes per riding discipline, so technically they're both their cheapest and most expensive offerings, of course you get to choose the colors.
+1 on the more expensive and longer lasting components, I'm pretty sure I'll get some hope hubs on my next bike too, and to be fair I find them much more reasonably priced than their brakes.
  • 1 0
 @crashtor: Absolutely. All of that makes very good sense. I have a rear Hope pro4 on my DH and it seemd very nice, I do recommend...
  • 6 1
 Lots of people ragging on this that would happily roll a "Root Beer" Fox Fork, or a King "Bourbon" set of hubs.
  • 17 13
 Nukeproof make some pretty nice bronze ano bits you can buy without the wank. Just saying...
  • 40 1
 Sometimes all you need is a good wank.
  • 19 5
 @adrennan: not this month
  • 6 0
 CC does cool stuff.
  • 5 2
 And if you act now, the first 100 customers will receive a fake beard for only the cost of shipping and handling.
  • 6 6
 Reminds me of what I saw this weekend. $20k worth of brand new e-bikes pedaling up Kanuga once, then the kid and mom ditching dad for a video game & duck facing on a cell phone.

That dad is gonna have to have this to make him feel better about himself since they're not impressed by the other lavish purchases.
  • 1 0
 I have a lot of respect for a company willing to put the actual model year it came out on a bike product. I mean its already November, you'd think they'd call it the small batch 2022!
  • 3 0
 And to think that Fox has had their "Pumpkin Spice" edition forks out for years... we just didn't realize it.
  • 1 0
 I believe fox had a root beer / ipa color circa 2007? Talas 36 or maybe float.
  • 2 0
 Love the Helm, love IPA, love the color option (though I would probably buy the stock black/gunmetal/ti color or the Launch ed hot pink Helm). Lots of love, no hate here.
  • 1 0
 pink helm was limited to 50 pcs afaik and is long gone.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: Yeah I know, not my point. I own a gunmetal Helm Air 29, the fork is great. This gives more color options, don't get why people are negative about it, that was my point. But might need to find a used Pink one for a build some day, would look ace on a chrome/raw build.
  • 2 0
 @FredrikWestman: well, limited editions have always been a part of CC's helm line. i have the same fork as you (and i love it), only i rawed and polished all these golden small parts and changed the decals for silver ones. but i'm thinking the golden hardware might look gorgeous on the brown fork...

i don't know what's wrong, CC have offered their forks in matte and glossy black, blue, red, pink, silver, gunmetal, white and brown so far... they're far ahead of everybody else's colour game.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: this one is limited to just 25 units
  • 1 0
 I am waiting for someone to mount the limited edition components on this frame www.pinkbike.com/news/pabst-blue-ribbon-Bottle-Rocket-2008.html to create the ultimate beer-themed ride. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 I have a bike with little colored parts from all 3 of RaceFace Ka$h Money, Deity Bronze and Nukeproof Copper and I would say they and this IPA color are pretty much identical. It's a good color.
  • 3 0
 Manitou already played the IPA game...
  • 2 0
 They also have HBO!!!!
  • 4 1
 .....because “brown” was taken?
  • 1 0
 Because "Limited Edition Brown" doesn't really have the same ring to it. Blank Stare
  • 2 0
 No clue they made a crank preloader for race face 30mm cranks. Just ordered one.
  • 2 0
 Which kind of IPA is supposed to be used in the damper? NE hazy, double , triple?
  • 1 1
 Marketing team member 1:
‘It seems people don’t really like our fork’

Marketing team member 2:
‘Make it brown’

Marketing team member 1:
‘That should do the trick’
  • 2 0
 Every meeting at Surly ever
  • 1 0
 @letsgethurt: i actually did own a first gen helm and used it on my insurgent. i like the features but the damping circuits were too restricted for my weight. even fully open it was harsh everywhere. it also made a strange clicking sound anytime pressure was applied parallel to the ground, even just gently pushing the bike forward into a curb and it work click loudly. i had it serviced and was barely able to sell it for more than the service cost. i took a huge loss on it. i suspect the newer version performs much better and i know they lowered the cost too. you win some, you lose some
  • 2 0
 Finally some root beer parts!
  • 4 0
 RIP the days of root beer and Rasta components.
  • 1 0
 my 1996 Norco Torrent came in a beautiful Root Beer
  • 2 0
 Looks more like a champagne color to me, except the headset and BB.
  • 2 0
 Kashima colored without all that nasty Kashima
  • 1 0
 ooo damn this would look good on the brown spur wonder if i could get away with the overfork
  • 2 0
 I prefer a Stout fork these are too hoppy.
  • 1 0
 No thanks, I will stick to my stout inspired black Manitou Mattoc Pro, Ritchey WCS headset, and Race Face Turbine crankset.
  • 1 0
 My new Helm literally just came in last week and I paid the same price! Anyone want to trade?
  • 3 1
 Obligatory man bun required for purchase
  • 1 0
 Ah yessss... the
dude-bro" fork! Calling all lifted pick-up drivin' beer swillin' mtb'ers.
  • 1 0
 Love all your products!! Seriously wishing for new helm with 39 stunctions..
  • 1 0
 ti cranks are beauty but price point for something i will 100% be bashing into rocks is f*cking retardo
  • 1 0
 Oops someone got the color mix wrong at the shop...looks like doodoo brown!!! Let’s call it IPA, brilliant!!
  • 3 2
 hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  • 1 0
 Would look amazing on my bamboo hardtail!
  • 1 0
 These look great, and definitely makes me regret not being an alcoholic.
  • 1 0
 We have reached peak IPA.
  • 2 1
 this is hilarious. i love it. also its and awesome color
  • 1 0
 I just went right to the comments..............
  • 1 0
 Are they plushest chilled or at room temperature?
  • 1 0
 If it was a Pumpkin Spice Latte edition I'd take it
  • 1 0
 Do these components come with catchy names and taste like a pine cone?
  • 1 0
 Still waiting on a colorway that matches my gold DBIL Coil shock.
  • 1 0
 Just grab a set of gold Helm decals, it matches perfectly.
  • 1 1
 This will be the next "oil slick" fad.

I hate IPAs as well. Show we a Porter or Stout instead.
  • 3 0
 I mean they should just put a window down the side of the lowers. If they can put windows on the space station...
  • 1 0
 @usedbikestuff: I agree that would be sweet, but perhaps that would just be a smeared image due to shock oil (on one side) and view of just a spring on the other...not sure how exciting that is. The other thing anyone would want to see is where the stantion ends and the inner business "begins" and that would probably compromise the strength of the lowers to accomplish.
  • 1 0
 @SuperHighBeam: I mean if I spent hundreds of dollars on push internals, I’d find value in a window. Braggers gonna brag
  • 1 0
 @usedbikestuff: For that circumstance, you have a point. For a factory fork though, meh. Besides you can't see that while you're riding, nor can anyone else. That be a feature strictly for showboating in the parking lot or in your garage.
  • 1 0
 Should be named DUALIPA. Oh wait...
  • 1 0
 Well played!
  • 1 0
 Love the color... Only if the fork was a lil bit better.
  • 8 9
 So they facked up a batch of anodizing and said rather than throw it out let's call it a limited edition. Brilliant!
  • 3 0
 ringle did that a few times in the early 90s.
  • 1 0
 IPA= ESTROGEN=MAN BOOBS
  • 1 0
 Really? That would explain some things...
  • 1 0
 God exists.
  • 3 4
 All yours for roughly the price of 2500 pints of ice cold IPA
  • 4 7
 That fork looks really nice. I wish it was a standard color...
  • 9 1
 They make them in black too...
  • 3 1
 @JudyYellow: Yeah I know. I just think the color looks pretty awesome. But of course it is limited addition like the pink ones they did.
  • 3 0
 @JudyYellow: point missed
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