Chris King Classic Hub Hubs

4.9/5 (29 Reviews)


Product Description

Chris King Classic hubs are the ultimate lightweight, high performance hubs. And, at only 268g for the rear and 112g for the front, it's hard to believe that they are also the toughest hubs out there. Chris King Classic hubs are available for all types of road and off-road riding. The front hubs are offered with two different hub shells and a choice of bolt-on or quick-release axles. The rear hubs are available in: Road (130mm), Mountain (135mm), and 140mm spacing with either an aluminum or a stainless steel driveshell. All rear Classic hubs are 7/8/9 speed compatible (for 7 speed cassettes, use a 4.5mm spacer - 10spd is pending final compatibility tests). Standard drillings are: 16, 18, 24, 28, 32, and 36 holes. Drillings of 24 or less are slotted unless otherwise requested. Nonstandard or custom drillings may be available by special request. New heavy duty option: For those doing trials, riding tandems , or who just want the additional stiffness and holding power of a bolt on axle - the rear classic hub is now available with the FunBoltsô. Just as with the single speed, the new bolt on axle allows the use of either the FunBoltsô or the QR adaptors for maximum versatility. The bolt on axle with QR adaptors adds only 26g; the bolt on axle with FunBoltsô adds only 62g over our standard classic hub.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by steve wardlaw a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2010

Strengths:    durable, looks, precision hubs

Weaknesses:    I guess the price. noise!

Bottom Line:   
Great hubs. Don't really care for the king buzzzzzzz.These are bomb proof wheels. Mine were laced to mavic cp33 red rims.

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Favorite Ride:   6 gap century

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   dura ace, real design, mavic

Bike Setup:   litespeed ultimate. set up old school so these whells suit my stile of riding.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by StillKeen a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2010

Strengths:    Light for proper hubs that'll last. Can be rebuilt. Use many common parts to my CK mountain bike hubs

Weaknesses:    Bearings are not off the shelf (like the DT240 hub bearings etc).


Bottom Line:   
These are my 'race' wheel hubs, laced to Mavic Open Pro's with DT double butted spokes and brass nipples. I believe they weigh aroud the 1750 gram mark.

They havent seen that much use, as they're mainly used for races.

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Favorite Ride:   K2 course in New Zealand

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Aspire Velotech

Similar Products Used:   Shimano 105 hubs, Shimano Ultegra hubs, Phil Wood track hubs, generic no name hubs.

Bike Setup:   Alloy road racer with Ultegra and Dura-ace mix (mainly bought on ebay to upgrade a bike that was full 105 in 2002).


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M.Rupert a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2009

Strengths:    Durability, warranty, exceptional machining and easy maintenence.

Weaknesses:    Other than the break in period, none.

Bottom Line:   
I became tired of breaking wheel sets so I discussed with my LBS about building a wheel set. They recommended Chris King Hubs. Being an engineer, I wanted to research and look at the details. I had the set built with 32 hole, Mavic CPX33 Rims, Wheelsmith Spokes and Brass Nipples in Black.
From most of the other reviews, the "Breakin Period" was the major complaint. I can attest to this as after about 20 hours of riding, the hubs loosened up. While not fully broke in, it will be a matter of time.
I found similar breaking periods, although not as long with Dura Ace WH-7850 wheels.
For a reference, I always rode low count spoke wheels. The rides were stiff and you feel non-smooth road vibration. However, the 32 spoke and Mavic rim made a remarkable difference in smoothing the ride.
I would recommend the King Classic hubs to anyone who wants a custom built wheel set. Just be prepared for the drag to last several hundred miles as they did for me.
And the really cool feature is the BUZZZZZ!

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Favorite Ride:   The Great American Hood Ride

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Dura Ace, Other Shimano wheelsets

Bike Setup:   Orbea Opal, DA Group, Continental Attack Force Tires


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake Merry a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2008

Strengths:    perfect, light weight, color choice, easy adjust, everything is perfect.

Weaknesses:    that there is no weakness

Bottom Line:   
These hubs are great! I am 190 pounds and I seem to be able to break anything, but can't seem to damage these. It does take a little time for the hubs to break in, but when they do they are awesome. They are super easy to adjust and make a the cool "buzzzzz" noise. They are so good I bought a second set for my other bike, need I say more?

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Favorite Ride:   Shoot Out

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   D/A open pro, all mavic wheels, bontrager race, race lites, x lites, xxx lites, reynolds dv 46, mv 32, and kom

Bike Setup:   2009 Specialized tarmac pro sl, sram force, Chris king hubs with dt swiss r 1.1 and 14/15 gauge spokes


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by peugeotguy87 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2008

Strengths:    Build quality, readily available parts, really cool sound

Weaknesses:    None that I have found so far including price - they're an excellent value for the money.

Bottom Line:   
Being an engineer, I'm always skeptical when a product comes along that everyone says its the greatest ever. I must say this time my I'm proven wrong. These Chris King hubs are really nice. Two things really strike me at first sight - 1. these hubs are really light given their complexity. 2. the quality of the product. When I first heard about these hubs everyone was talking about how much they needed to be broke in because they're so tight. When I first started them I thought it was going to be like towing a boat anchor - it wasn't. The only perceivable drag I've noticed is when coasting on a level surface. This will deminish once the hubs are btoken in (like all hubs do). Overall I'm very pleased with them and the buzz they make is incredible.

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Favorite Ride:   Any place flat and smooth

Price Paid:    $205.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Mavic

Bike Setup:   Motobecane Century Pro frame shimano and mavic components



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Hub choices? BHS vs. WI vs. American Classic

Thinking of building a new wheelset for a current bike build i've got going on. Trying to figure out which hubs to use. So far, I've built 2 sets of wheels that i've been quite happy with, both off of BHS hubs, Wide 85's x2; SL211 and SL218. Since this bike build is a little bit fancier/flashier tha ... Read More »

Chis King Classic rear hub and R45 front hub OK for a wheelset?

I have a Chris King Classic 28 hole rear hub to use for a wheelset build. I have two choices for a front hub. I could use a front Classic hub but it would have to be 28 spoke which is as low as the Classic goes. I would like s 24 spoke front making the wheelset 24/28. I could go with Kings R45 front ... Read More »

Can I lace a 32h Chris King classic rear hub in 24h triplet?

I have 32h rear Chris King Classic hub that i would like to build. I want good light every day wheel. I only weight about 125 pounds so i think 24 spoke rear would be plenty. Can i lace the CK rear as a 24 hole (8/16) triplet? Anyone know any wheel builders that have lace a King hub in triplet? Do y ... Read More »

hub dimensions American Classic, white industries

I'm not sure about the dimensions provided by the manufacturers, so has anyone reliable, maybe self-measured data on current AmClassic Road 205 and WI H3 hubs with Shimano freehub body? I'm especially interested in the distances center hub -> center (!) flanges.Read More »

American Classic Victory rear hub

I purchased a spare AC Victory hub (old style) and am toying with the idea of building it up with a Velocity A23 rim for my rain bike. The hub itself appears to have only seen light use with not much gouging on the freehub. I own a set of AC 420s and have had zero issues using them as daily rider ... Read More »

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