SOC13: Chris King PressFit BB’s Finally Shipping, Purple Returns & Lefty Front Hubs!
Chris King’s return to Sea Otter after a 10 year hiatus didn’t bring any new product introductions, just good news for anyone waiting for their Oregon-made bottom brackets. The CK Pressfit 30 bottom brackets should start shipping in the next couple weeks. The hold up was getting all of the fit kits for various cranksets.
Adapters are made of Acetal, and will fit any 24mm (Shimano, FSA, etc), 24/22mm (SRAM GXP) and of course Pressfit 30. No Campy option. Retail is $145 to $155 for the Pressfit 24 and $165 for PF30 with adapter kits running $19-$29. Ceramic bearings will be $70 more. We’ve been riding one on the Argonaut with Shimano Dura-Ace and it’s very nice.
For the colors, the brown that was introduced about five years ago will be phased out at the end of May, leaving them with nine permanent colors. In its place will be a rotating selection of limited editions, like purple or turquoise, and those will roll in and out periodically, perhaps twice per year but there’s really no set schedule.
Cannondale fans rejoice! They’re developing a Lefty conversion kit for their oversized front mountain bike hub. It’ll use the existing non-drive clamp fitting but new axle parts. We were originally told this could be offered later in the year if they stay on target, but were just informed it’s a project that’s being explored with Cannondale and that there’s no set date.