Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

Boutique Chris King hubs

Notices
Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Boutique Chris King hubs

Old 03-01-21, 08:08 AM
  #1  
mojojojo
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mojojojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hapeville, GA (South of Atlanta)
Posts: 56

Bikes: breezer greenway, mercier corvus, stache 8, diamondback trail bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Boutique Chris King hubs

I bought a used mountain bike several years ago. Got lots of compliments on my hubs. Apparently, the hubs are worth more than what I paid for the bike. I didn't know one hub from another so I would say thanks and moved on. Then suddenly, my fancy Chris King rear hub started slipping. A buddy that works on bikes didn't have the $300 tool to work on this fancy hub so I gave it to another buddy who cleaned and lubed the hub. It still slipped so I gave it to my mechanic who can't figure it out. He is waiting to hear back from Chris King. I switched out to a set of Bontrager wheels that I got with the bike. I went riding, the bontrager hubs worked and well that is really all I think I need in a set of hubs. Everyone is telling me I should spend more money to get these great boutique hubs fixed. I couldn't care less about a few ounces of weight. I just wanna ride.

Question: Why do I need these fancy boutique hubs?
mojojojo is offline  
Old 03-01-21, 04:23 PM
  #2  
carlosponti
Full Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Moore, OK
Posts: 200

Bikes: '90 Raleigh Technium Prestige, '90 Fuji Thrill - Gone, '18 Fuji Nevada 1.7 29er, '19 Fezzari Abajo Peak

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Liked 34 Times in 23 Posts
Chris King hubs like other higher end hubs have higher engagement. entry level hubs will have three pawls with a certain amount of degrees of engagement which is mostly ok but if you are climbing and hit something technical being able to ratchet back a bit is nice. Chris King Industry 9 Hope and DT Swiss etc have much better engagement to be able to get instant delivery to the hub. it sucks its slipping but I would rather have those than a bontrager hub. you can tell the difference when you take the cranks and back pedal a bit listen for the ratchet sound. on nicer hubs that sound is sooner than on cheaper hubs.
carlosponti is offline  
Likes For carlosponti:
Old 03-01-21, 06:00 PM
  #3  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 13,390

Bikes: Stormchaser, Paramount, Timberjack, Expert TG, Samba tandem

Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2963 Post(s)
Liked 1,869 Times in 1,217 Posts
Your problem is not unique
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is offline  
Likes For Darth Lefty:
Old 03-02-21, 09:00 AM
  #4  
prj71
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 4,232
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2697 Post(s)
Liked 965 Times in 634 Posts
Chris King Hubs are nice, but way overpriced for what they are.

https://www.jonesprecisionwheels.com
prj71 is offline  
Old 03-02-21, 11:19 PM
  #5  
Chris Pringle
Senior Member
 
Chris Pringle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: The Pearl of the Pacific, Mexico
Posts: 1,308

Bikes: '12 Rodriguez UTB Custom, '83 Miyata 610, '83 Nishiki Century Mixte (Work of Art), '06 Specialized Epic Marathon MTB

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 16 Posts
Your CK hubs were most likely never serviced by either the previous owner and now you. This is why they failed. Hubs are the most important part of your wheelset. For mountain biking, a higher end hub with many points of engagement will make a significant difference on whether you clean a technical section or have to dismount or, worse, fall. The quicker the rear hub engages, the better. This will become more evident and valuable as your MTB skills improve. Think of the rear hub as a precision instrument. This is one of the main reasons why people pay big bucks for better hubs for mountain biking. CK hubs are fully serviceable (with the needed tools) and should last you a lifetime. Many low-end hubs are just disposable when they break, so not environmentally friendly or sustainable. I am personally happy to pay more for things that are fully serviceable, sustainable and come from a company that employs American labor.

So yeah, you were lucky getting a bike that came with those hubs. Many sellers swap nice hubs for cheaper ones and keep the CK hubs for future projects. So you owe it to yourself to service them properly and to reap the benefits they can provide. I would highly recommend writing Chris King to get a service number and mailing just the hubs directly to them. They will look at them, quote you how much to fix them and, if you approve, they will return them back to you within a couple of weeks ready to go and with some warranty on the repair. Then your local bike mechanic can do basic yearly maintenance —cleaning and lubrication which doesn’t require special tools.

Last edited by Chris Pringle; 03-04-21 at 08:09 AM.
Chris Pringle is offline  
Likes For Chris Pringle:
Old 03-10-21, 10:54 PM
  #6  
Cyclist0108
Occam's Rotor
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7,248
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2366 Post(s)
Liked 2,331 Times in 1,164 Posts
I doubt Chris King hubs are lighter than your other hub option, but the bearings are superb and normally the free-hub works extremely well. Fit and finish are first-rate. I've had these on my (all) road bike since 2014 and they have been problem-free with annual maintenance. On the website you will find instructions on how to disassemble the hub and flush it with WD40 to clean it. There is a good chance you won't even need to use the $140 tool. They are a high-quality American company (based in Portland OR) that stands behind their products. They have treated me very well. They are expensive, but you get what you pay for.
Cyclist0108 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.