If you’re a dedicated cyclist, you’re familiar with Cane Creek Cycling Components, famous for its headsets. If you are not, like me, you have no idea where to find the headset on your bike. So I did some research. According to Wikipedia, it’s the “set of components on a bicycle that provides a rotatable interface between the bicycle fork and the bicycle frame.” Sounds like a crucial part.
I learned that headsets come in a few standard sizes and types depending on your cycling needs. Cane Creek designers meet those needs using SolidWorks software to create a complete product family from a single-base design. R&D Director Joshua Coaplen told us, “Many of our products come in different sizes, so we frequently use SolidWorks design configuration capabilities to automate the production of other configurations once we have settled on the base design. These kinds of capabilities free up our engineers from repetitive tasks so they can work on other designs.”
According to an article in Bicycling, one of those other designs was a new headset based on an emerging standard — 44 External. With SolidWorks, Cane Creek was able to quickly take advantage of the standard that allows cyclists to run a fork with a tapered steerer.
Cane Creek uses other SolidWorks products to address common issues with headsets. For example, using SolidWorks Simulation Professional software, Cane Creek gained a better understanding of how the rubber seals that keep out water and dirt could deform, enabling engineers to optimize seal shape and improve performance.
You can learn more about how Cane Creek uses SolidWorks by reading today’s press release.