A Look at the Bikes from the Chris King 40th Open House

A Look at the Bikes from the Chris King 40th Open House
Photos by Billy Sinkford, words by John Watson

Portland was a buzz in December. With the SSCXWC bringing hordes of cycling fanatics to the area, Chris King decided to throw an open house in celebration of their 40th anniversary. After a few months of calling out to select framebuilders, the team at Chris King displayed a wide variety of bicycles all built with select King 40th components. Then, to round-off the display, a few “vintage” bicycles made their way on display, including the matching bike to Chris King’s own classic Cielo. Since I can’t be everywhere at once, many thanks to Billy for taking a few photos of these bikes.

If you’re bummed that you missed out on the 40th collection, they’ve still got some of the Chris King wheels for sale. I bought a set of the Hed Belgiums for my Speedvagen!

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  • Noel Smith

    Bike porn at its finest.

  • Wow!

  • Jon

    I CANNOT get enough of those Retrotec bikes! If that is not the sexiest thing I have ever seen!

    • Barack Hussein Obama

      Curt Inglis does some nice work.

  • Locke Hassett

    That Yeti.

  • Tyler Morin

    Wowsa, these are some amazing bikes!

  • Alex Hillis

    Sorry, I just OD’ed on ODG. And holy hell that Mosaic!

    • +1 on the Mosaic. SOOOO good.

  • Brad

    Great shoot,nice to see how much work some of the builders had put in to those bikes. Great work.

  • Keith Gibson

    Really great bikes

  • Barack Hussein Obama

    Hopefully Trump will build a wall around compact geometry, make aesthetics great again.

    • Meh

      • Barack Hussein Obama

        Nothing like these fat modern tubes with a nice classic geometry, level top tube and -17*. Barack isn’t too hot on heavily sloping top tubes. I am really liking all the paint to match or polish to match stems too, that looks fantastic.

  • that last cielo, man, so good.

    • Erik Fenner

      The headtube lug and headset cup made from are a single piece of steel, machined and hand carved by Chris.

  • That last Cielo is off the Charts Fire!!

  • Hate to say it, but the Santa Cruz is my favorite!

  • I can’t figure out why I love Sycip so much… but I think I know where my next bike will come from!

  • mp

    Wow. Any pictures of those bike stands? Wooden benchs with an axle or chainstay support?

    • Erik Fenner

      There is a metal bar that goes up to the crank arm for a bolt to thread in like a pedal.

  • FireUrEngine

    Eye candy

  • What size of wheels are on the Moots?

    • David

      The wheels are 29er, the tires are 2.1 or 2.25 from what I gathered on Schwalbe’s tire chart.

      • I can’t stop looking at that bike and its awesomeness.

  • David

    Everything here is fantastic.

  • Richard

    Now THAT is a quiver.

    Nobody does anodized Ti like Firefly. And I’m a sucker for the old-school cable routing on the Yeti. And “ditto” to the raves about that last Cielo.

  • CTDSAC

    The stem clamp on the Moots Baxter is awesome! Great gallery of bike porn right there.

  • Jeff Taylor

    The paint on the Mosaic. Aaron and clan know how to bring it…

  • White Mike

    Retrotec and Santa Cruz get the thumbs up.