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.


Bob McNaughton - 04/18/13 - 11:43pm

Pricey, but awesome. As always.

Aaron McGrouther - 04/18/13 - 11:48pm

Please Chris King …… Make an XD Driver so my ENVE wheels can run XX1.. I don’t want to change to 240’s….

Henry - 04/19/13 - 12:20am

Please just replace the brown with purple as a permanent color!!!!

Brad - 04/19/13 - 1:36am

I just picked up a standard King BB in brown, and this one is more of a brighter bronze color. It’s exactly what I was looking for, and honestly it’s my favorite King color. Sorry to see it go.

JB - 04/19/13 - 1:51am

Just need them to make a BB92 now and I’ll be happy!

Chaline - 04/19/13 - 3:19am

Seconded for an XD hub. How many of us are begging for that! Stop messing about with colours and leftys CK!

EJ - 04/19/13 - 9:00am

Thirded? XX1 driver!

pluna - 04/19/13 - 9:58am

another vote for XD driver.

K11 - 04/19/13 - 11:28am

as to the end of article: i am glad King takes longer to develop and release their products, because you know they will be dialed. otherwise the comments related to King products -would be a bunch of complaining and product bashing like on other bike rumor postings.

Pete - 04/19/13 - 11:34am

Give it up on the XD Driver. None of their bearings will fit the freehub size and a correct size bearing would mean retooling the machines. As Kings makes all bearings in house, retooling would be a major expense for a part that will not be purchased frequently enough to offset that major expense. Just do what I did and re-lace your hubs with an Industry Nine.

Pete - 04/19/13 - 11:35am

Of course I meant REPLACE your hubs…

Seraph - 04/19/13 - 4:23pm

Pete, they could get I9 hubs but then they wouldn’t have very nice hubs. You see where I’m going with this? I rate Kings about 100 times better than I9s.

aaron - 04/20/13 - 12:36pm

XX1 Driver offered in a Gold and Purple PLEASE

hawkfan - 04/20/13 - 3:17pm

XX1/XD driver please!!!

Cxisfun - 04/20/13 - 7:20pm


Body: “The CK Pressfit 30 bottom brackets should start shipping in the next couple weeks”

Huh? “Finally shipping” clearly means something different to you than it does to me.

Cxisfun - 04/20/13 - 7:21pm

XD driver won’t be happening until there is a complete redesign of their hub/bearing setup. With the pace at which King moves, forget it for the 2013, 2014, 2015, and maybe 2016 riding seasons.

29only - 05/16/13 - 4:54am

XX1 freehub

mark lockling - 10/19/13 - 11:53pm

I need a replacement bb for 2012 trek superfly 29er . if you make a bearing ; e mail me

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