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    Question Cane Creek 40 tapered cartridge bearings -online sourcing?

    has anyone ordered the bearings for a tapered cane creek 40 headset (41mm upper, 52mm lower, 36x45) from any bearing suppliers or anything? I probably go through 2-3 cartridge bearings (mostly lower) per year, so having a small stockpile of these would be nice to have in the spare parts box.

    you can get the bearings from bike suppliers, cane creek branded or not, for about $21/set. not a bad price but I'm imaging they would be substantially less if I bought the same bearings that weren't labeled as mountain bike specific

    I have the specs, but dont really know how to specify it in a way that would allow me to effectively search for it online.

    any help is appreciated!

    40-Series replacement cartridge bearings feature durable black oxide construction.
    Compatible with 110-, 40-, and 10-Series headsets
    Black oxide bearings
    Sold in pairs
    Item Specifications
    Bearing I.D. 30.5
    Bearing I.D. 40
    Bearing O.D. 41
    Bearing O.D. 52
    Bearing Type Cartridge
    Thickness 6.5
    Cartridge Bearing Angle 36x45

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    I don't have experience with that set perse but I've ordered ALL my bike bearings, fork seals and shock seals through RWC: They're awesome and very helpful. They didn't have a complete bearing set for my Mission but I was able to give them all of the specs and they added it to their catalog and sent me a set for free!

    Here is the Cane Creek Headset Page: CANE CREEK HEADSET BEARINGS FROM REAL WORLD CYCLING
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider3141 View Post
    I don't have experience with that set perse but I've ordered ALL my bike bearings, fork seals and shock seals through RWC: They're awesome and very helpful. They didn't have a complete bearing set for my Mission but I was able to give them all of the specs and they added it to their catalog and sent me a set for free!

    Here is the Cane Creek Headset Page: CANE CREEK HEADSET BEARINGS FROM REAL WORLD CYCLING
    hey man thanks! originally I was looking for cheaper bearings of the same/similar quality. but maybe better quality bearings are the real answer

    now I guess the only real question is - are the more expensive stainless steel bearings that much stronger? or should I just find and stock up on the cheaper ones?

    im not having problems with corrosion. the bearing cartridge itself is failing (inside ring separates from rest of the bearing assembly - falls apart)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    hey man thanks! originally I was looking for cheaper bearings of the same/similar quality. but maybe better quality bearings are the real answer

    now I guess the only real question is - are the more expensive stainless steel bearings that much stronger? or should I just find and stock up on the cheaper ones?

    im not having problems with corrosion. the bearing cartridge itself is failing (inside ring separates from rest of the bearing assembly - falls apart)
    I don't push my bike quite to the extent that you do but I do know from experience that cheap parts are often from cheaper materials/ poor implementation (see the CF handlebar thread).
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    If you end up ordering from RWC, I recommend throwing in their needle bearing kit for rear shock eyelets. They replace the bushing and reduce friction. Super happy with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codysoyland View Post
    If you end up ordering from RWC, I recommend throwing in their needle bearing kit for rear shock eyelets. They replace the bushing and reduce friction. Super happy with mine.
    I got the shock bearing kit for my Following. Had some issues at first. The size insert that fit the bearing without play was too tight and would bind up and the next size down was too loose and had play causing a knock. When I contacted RWC Chris said to ride the smaller insert for a bit to wear the bearing in then try the larger. Was a no go. Posted on MTBR that I was not impressed and Chris PM'd me that they now make an insert between the two sizes. He sent out the smaller insert and another needle bearing at no charge. Good company to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    im not having problems with corrosion. the bearing cartridge itself is failing (inside ring separates from rest of the bearing assembly - falls apart)
    How is that happening? Is the ball carrier destroyed? It would take a lot of force pulling to pull out the inner race with the ball carrier intact. Almost like they used the wrong size balls. Did you tell them who you are?

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