Build an ultra-fast race wheel around the super-light and incomparably smooth Chris King R45 Road Hub. These racing-specific hubs offer a 20-percent reduction in weight over the already light Classic Hubs and come in a variety of spoke drillings to accommodate your wildest wheel-building dreams.Precision-machined stainless steel bearings provide a smooth, fast rideAluminum hub shell is built to lastAnodized finish looks great and wears well
Strengths: Nice performance, quiet rear hub with nice hum when spinning (unlike Mavic's loud clicking)
Weaknesses: PEWTER COLOR IS REALLY LAVENDER IN SUNLIGHT
I ordered the R45's on a set of custom built wheels. In looking at the rainbow of colors available on the Chris King website, I went with "pewter" since it appeared to be a cool dark grey. When I got the wheels outside in the sunlight, I realized that they had turned from grey to what I would describe as... somewhere between purple and pink mixed with grey.
I called CK to see if maybe mine were just a bad set since they did not appear as pictured on their website and was told that the anodized finish has that effect in light, causing them to shimmer in tones of red and purple. They explained it as though it was a cool feature and that there was nothing they could do.. I told him to change the website pics to be more accurate.
Now I have a black bike with red/white accents...and purple hubs. I'll be buying a can of spray paint the next time I walk by a hardware store - it is that annoying.
Weaknesses: An expensive luxury, and not necessarily the lightest hub out there. Aluminium alloy cassette body a little soft and prone to scoring, but you're not going to see that on the road.
3,000 miles so far, and they've performed flawlessly. The front hub does what a front hub should do, but the rear is where the magic is. Engagement is very quick, which isn't normally noticeable on the flats, but phenomenal on hills and in rolling terrain. Laced to Stan's Alpha 340 rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes for a stiff, light wheel (24/28 F/R), total weight around 1,300gms for the set. In fact, the Chris King R45/340/CX-Ray rear with an Ultegra casette weighs less the front stock Bontrager SSR alloy clincher on my Madone, taking a full 600gms of the weight of the bike for around $1k.
Best part about these hubs, though, is the freewheel noise... That angry bee noise isn't as obtrusive as the competition (especially the DT-240s), but makes a very satisfying noise as you fly down hill. Enough to encourage you to climb just to hear that noise on the way back down!
Strengths: Solid and well-built, Made in America, Angry bee sound.
I had these wheels built by my LBS. I chose the Chris King R45 road hubs after having good results from their cross hubs. I matched them to HED Belgium C2 rims with DT Swiss spokes. These wheels replaced my Mavic SL Premiums after I cracked my rear rim with a big pothole. These wheels are heavier than the Mavics, which I expected, and have 32 spokes. The weight and the spoke count are virtually unnoticeable. These wheels are smooth and spin up easily. I have the option of running lower tire pressure with the HED rims which makes them better on broken pavement. The hubs are well-made and have the Chris King bee sound I have come to love. If you want "Made in America" quality then go with Chris King and match them to the rim of your choice. I also use Chris King cross hubs on my cross bike matched with Mavic Open Pro rims. I love them as well.
Strengths: Great sound. Great bearings. Hubs more focused to road use. More spoke options. Less expensive than a DT 240. Better flange dimensions than other road hubs. Great freewheel
Weaknesses: Expensive, but you get what you pay for. Some early freewheel problems. Make sure you maintain these hubs, and they will work well for a long time.
I called Chris King for two months waiting for them to come in. After they finally did, I built them up to DT Swiss 585 rims, Sapim CX Rays 32 3x rear, and 28 2x front. The wheels are quite strong, but a little heavy.
The hubs have done well. They don't seem as overbuilt as the Classic hubs, so they are a little better for the road. Super light hubs, with great smoothness. The freewheel mechanism works well, and is a little more suited for the road with the fewer engagement points. The flange dimensions work a little better for a road rim, and allow for a variety of rim choices, as does the drilling options. I have been pleased. Hopefully they will last for a long time.
Of note, about two months into using these hubs the freewheel was not engaging, effectively freewheeling both forward and backward. Sent them back to King and they fixed it. They were pretty quiet about what happened. The hubs were one of the first shipments out, so the new product could have had a couple bugs to figure out. Seems to work fine now, as I have about 3000 miles with no problems.
I just saw this ... [I]possibly old news[/I] :rolleyes: but ... :eek:
Rear is 135mm and front is 100mm ...
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Getting a custom wheelset and looking at getting either White Industries T11 or CK R45 hubs (Campy). Both are very good and my logical side says WH but I've always liked CK red hubs. Thoughts? The front will be radially laced if that makes a difference.
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this may need to be moved to the components/wrenching section. if so, i apologize. i know there's a lot of builders in this section as well so i thought maybe they could help.
i recently purchased a set of wheels built up with chris king r45 hubs. they're rolling great and i'm very happy with ... Read More »
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 »
Are the R45 hubs Shimano 11 compatible off the shelf?
Or is that a different version of the R45?
Do I have to specify one or the other?
I looked at the CK website and it seem to suggest they were Shimano 11sp compatible, but I'm not sure if that mean 2 versions or 1 for Shimano.
I will be usin ... Read More »