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Old 10-15-14, 10:16 AM
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Anyone using Chris King built alloy wheels?

Considering a set of Chris King built wheels - HED rims and R45 hubs in 24/28 and just wondering anyone has a set and how they like or dislike?
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Old 10-15-14, 09:13 PM
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hubs are loud, your preference. bearings break in and need adjustment but this is one or 2 times. build quality is what you expect from king
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Old 10-15-14, 09:30 PM
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I have a couple of bikes with CK hubs. Have to admit that I won't have more. They are neat and light. Loud but pretty. The feel in hand is almost worth the cost. But they are poorly sealed, don't hold much lube volume wise, don't stand up to high spoke counts or lot's of tension.

For a go fast bike used in dry weather with reduced spoke count the CK hubs are great. Andy.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
I have a couple of bikes with CK hubs. Have to admit that I won't have more. They are neat and light. Loud but pretty. The feel in hand is almost worth the cost. But they are poorly sealed, don't hold much lube volume wise, don't stand up to high spoke counts or lot's of tension.
I have no interest in CK hubs but I found your comment interesting. They won't survive high spoke counts or just aren't available in high (say 36 or more) spoke counts? Also are the flanges too weak to tolerate a lot spokes or a lot of tension?

BTW, i thought my Campy hubs were loud until I rode with someone with CK hubs!!
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Old 10-16-14, 07:42 AM
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And it also comes down to half that price you are paying is just for the name.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I have no interest in CK hubs but I found your comment interesting. They won't survive high spoke counts or just aren't available in high (say 36 or more) spoke counts? Also are the flanges too weak to tolerate a lot spokes or a lot of tension?

BTW, i thought my Campy hubs were loud until I rode with someone with CK hubs!!
the older king hubs had a reputation for soft hub shells. i have not really seen an issue though with the new stuff.
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And it also comes down to half that price you are paying is just for the name.
Now go tour the factory and I believe you will feel differently.
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I'm not saying there bad quality. There one of the best if not the best but still big brand names just cuz of the name it get a big price hike. That goes for everything not just bike parts be it car parts or clothes or sun glasses big names comes big prices.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I have no interest in CK hubs but I found your comment interesting. They won't survive high spoke counts or just aren't available in high (say 36 or more) spoke counts? Also are the flanges too weak to tolerate a lot spokes or a lot of tension?

BTW, i thought my Campy hubs were loud until I rode with someone with CK hubs!!
The problem that was confirmed by CK with my hub was that with 36 spokes and the high spoke tension that the wheel was built with resulted in an opening up of the bearing seat. This then allowed the bearing to "float" within it's seat. No amount of adjustment would stop the slop at the rim (end play). I sent the wheel to CK and they reported this after examining the wheel and installing an OS bearing to more fully seat it. Now the wheel spins well, has no slop and still has some adjustment left for the future.

So while I am happy with the fix I am disappointed with the need. It was made known to me by CK that their hubs are not designed for both high spoke count (36 in my case) and tension. I don't have this problem with my Phil Woods... Andy.
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