Chris King Unveils Disc Brake Road Hubs, PressFit BB’s & More!

Chris King R45 Disc brake road hubs and Cielo disc brake cyclocross bike

Chris King has unleashed a world of new products that you suddenly want. Bad.

The new R45 Disc hubs have a 6-bolt disc brake mount with taller flanges than their standard R45 road hubs. They’re built for cyclocross and road bikes but, oh yes, you know it, they built them to handle light XC use, too.

Hub spacing is 135mm and weights are 162g F and 276g R for now. King is still chiseling away inside the hub shell and freehub body, so they could get lighter before production begins in Q1 2013. Pricing TBD. Available Q1 in all 10 colors.

All road hubs as of Q1 2013 will be 11-speed compatible. The change required an entirely new freehub body and axle. Fortunately, they made it work their lifetime collection of hubs – it’ll retrofit to their older hubs, including QR rear mountain bike hubs.
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Chris King R45 Disc brake road hubs and Cielo disc brake cyclocross bike

Chris King R45 Disc brake road hubs and Cielo disc brake cyclocross bike

And yes, that’s a new Cielo Disc Brake cyclocross bike!

Chris King PressFit bottom brackets

After working on the square taper bottom bracket for 15 years and not releasing it, you could say Chris King is on a roll here. Theyre launching PressFit bottom brackets for PF30 and PF24. They’ll include a 5 year warranty and they’re machined in house in Portland, OR. They’ll also offer 24mm adapters for converting BB30 to Shimano standard and an stepped adapter to run SRAM’s GXP cranks. Available Q1.

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Inset 8 headset fits the newer 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered forks when running them on a 44mm headtube. Available Q1 in all 10 colors.

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Their mountain bike hubs are now available in a 157 wide, which is being shipped to the Santa Cruz Syndicate for riding on what will likely be the next V10. Word is the dropouts use the same interface as 142 hubs and frames, just wider.

Their ENVE / King complete wheels won a Eurobike award for best mountain bike wheel.

Comments

Tom - 08/29/12 - 11:23am

I had to re-read that sentence twice. I almost got all excited for a square-taper King BB!

For the R45 disc road hubs, will they offer both Shimano and Campagnolo like the non-disc version?

Whatever - 08/29/12 - 11:38am

This company simply does not know how to do things wrong! Shimano 11speed should present some wrinkles, but they will just doing it right, instead of fast, like they always do. King is like a HBS case study.

Mo - 08/29/12 - 11:40am

ho. lee. poop.

Brandon - 08/29/12 - 11:52am

Thank god! Finally there will be a good PF BB.

Matt - 08/29/12 - 12:52pm

As much as I hate press fit bbs I’m really excited to see the release of these two bbs. Especially given the fact that King will also have reamers to ensure that they are installed perfectly.

I’m sure the inevitable creaking of all pressfit bottom brackets will come to an end.

Matt

cw - 08/29/12 - 1:14pm

my dreams of lighter king hubs have finally been answered!

Tom - 08/29/12 - 1:16pm

cw: Definitely, as long as you realize there will be half the engagement that the regular King MTB hubs have. Not as much of an issue on the road with the R45′s, but the quick engagement is one of the things I like best about their MTB hubs.

Canucklehead - 08/29/12 - 1:28pm

For the quoted weights, the hubs are roughly par with Hope Pro 2′s. The DT Swiss 180/190′s are still a lot lighter (~60 grams, front or rear) in comparison… I’d like to see a centerlock option, in hopes that it’d drop more weight.

blantonator - 08/29/12 - 2:20pm

Canucklehead: wut?

Hope Pro 2 Evo Weight: Front 185g (QR) Rear 285g (QR)

these new king hubs are comparable price and weight to dt240′s with arguably better build quality and more points of engagement.

Also, let’s not forget a DT 180 rear hub is $800

El Xombo - 08/29/12 - 3:00pm

Crap. I was saving up for some R45 Campy hubs. Hopefully they don’t drop those.

Evan @ Chris King - 08/29/12 - 5:05pm

No worries El Xombo the R45 Campy hubs will still be available in rim brake or disc.

Canucklehead - 08/29/12 - 5:08pm

@blantonator:

Yes, 10 gram difference (besides the press release vs reality) at each wheel. I was hoping for an alternative to my 180s.

Echo - 08/29/12 - 5:18pm

I just want to know when we can get the whole bike?

Ben - 08/29/12 - 7:21pm

Same here Echo, I want it built as is.

T - 08/30/12 - 9:49am

Evan @ Chris King – Tell us about drillings…let us dream.

RichardBWatts - 08/30/12 - 12:06pm

Nice work CK!

zach - 08/30/12 - 11:08pm

Errrrr ma gerd!

cw - 08/31/12 - 3:51pm

Tom – 45 poe is still better then almost any mainstream mtb hub out there save for ck iso, hadley, precision, hope trials. For a lightweight XC application, 45 is awesome.

warthog - 09/03/12 - 5:33am

I’d like to know if the front hub will be convertible to 15qr.

Tom - 09/11/12 - 11:23am

@cw: totally agree! Just a lot of people I talked to casually about my R45′s were unaware that Chris King shaved weight by lowering the POE. For a geared MTB I would totally go for this setup. For my singlespeed MTB, I would probably stick with the standard, comes in handy for ratcheting the pedals over technical terrain.

Chris - 09/12/12 - 7:35am

Are the Disc R45 rear hubs able to be converted to 130mm spacing?

Eric - 09/20/12 - 10:05am

Does anyone know if the if the 24mm adapters for converting BB30 to Shimano standard will work with Cervelo BBRight?

Pete - 03/05/13 - 8:37am

15mm front hub and 12×142 year?

Chris - 03/31/13 - 2:17pm

OK, so Q1 delivery has slipped, any update on expected availability?

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