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Cane Creek to debut eeWings titanium crankset at Sea Otter

Published April 17, 2018

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components will be showing off a new titanium crankset at the Sea Otter Classic expo this week. The company says the eeWings crankset weighs 400 grams, about the same as carbon cranks, but is stiffer and more durable.

The cranks have a 10 year limited warranty and will retail for $999. 

"Through the course of aggressive riding, you invariably hit your cranks against rocks and other trail features, which causes structural damage to carbon cranks and can lead to them breaking," said Sam Anderson, product manager for Cane Creek. "Titanium just brushes those hits off so the eeWings can withstand a lot more abuse than other high-end cranks and not end up structurally compromised or broken. At the same time, they are incredibly stiff so more of the energy you put into each pedal stroke makes it to the back wheel and helps push you down the trail."

The cranks have a titanium 30mm spindle and are compatible with BSA73mm, PF92/PF89.5, 392EVO bottom brackets as well as PF30 and BB30 bottom brackets with outboard bearing configurations. The eeWings also include an new CNC machined aluminum preloader that is compatible with other high-end 30mm spindle cranks. The company said the preloader provides a more durable solution than the plastic preloaders on the market.

"When we first set out to make a crankset we knew we wanted to create something that really pushed boundaries and deserved the ee designation," said Brent Graves, president and CEO of Cane Creek. "That meant not cutting a single corner, using the best materials regardless of cost and holding ourselves to the highest standards of testing and design, We've done those things and it's resulted in a truly exceptional product that we're all very proud of."

The eeWings were developed in collaboration with components designer Craig Edwards and represent the first major expansion to Cane Creek's line of ee products. Edwards joined the Cane Creek team in October of 2016 as part of an exclusive deal for the company to take over manufacturing and distribution of his ultra-light eeBrake.

In the 1990s Edwards designed the Sweetwings, a hollow steel crankset that has something of a cult following now.

The new cranks come in a brushed titanium finish with a minimalistic laser-etched graphic on the face of the crank.

"In addition to allowing the titanium to take center stage aesthetically, this simple design will allow riders to use Scotch-Brite or a similar abrasive to remove small scratches and blemishes that accumulate in the finish over time and use," the company said. 

They will be available in late April.

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Topics associated with this article: Sea Otter Classic

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