Chris King’s Cielo to Cease Production Aug 16, 2017

This was shocking news to me, but someone smarter than me once said “do what you’re good at” and I can see Chris King just wanting to shift all their energy on hubs, headsets and bottom brackets. Still, it makes me sad every time a framebuilding operation shuts down. Here’s the official news from Chris King:

“AS OF AUGUST 15, 2017 WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING NEW CIELO ORDERS.

We are quite proud of the product that Cielo has produced over the years and are honored by those who ride our frames. We are suspending Cielo indefinitely to focus our attention on Chris King Precision Components core product families (headsets, bottom brackets, and hubs).

We will continue to support the Cielo warranty and will fulfill any outstanding orders. For any questions, email [email protected]

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  • Kurt Schneider

    Oh man…a story posted today, about the last order being taken yesterday. It’s like walking into a great bar, fifteen minutes after last call. RIP.

  • Very sad, to be honest. I had really wanted to get my hands on a Cielo, but when they did away with the sportif ‘classic’ version, I simply couldn’t bring myself to drop the cash. I was under the impression the cielo line overall, was doing pretty good? Was I mistaken? Sure seemed that the brand was very popular in Japan, especially with the BlueLug family.

    • Alex Hillis

      One of my bike regrets was failing to nab a SS sportif racer that was on ebay. Great bikes and I’m sure their value will appreciate on the used market.

  • Chris W

    Really a too bad, I was always into these frames.

    However, I’m sure the PNW custom framebuilding scene is pretty over-saturated at this point and Cielo wasn’t really doing much to differentiate itself from the next guy. I’m sure the build quality was excellent and the paint always looked superb but if I were given the choice between a Cielo and say a Breadwinner or a steel Mosaic, I don’t know how often the Cielo would come out on top.

    I think refocusing on their core products is a smart move. Especially with companies like Cane Creek and now White Industries making competitive alternatives to King, doubling down their efforts on what they are known for makes total sense (not that I don’t want to see CC or WI succeed). Hopefully this move can cut down on lead times for their products, I know a few shops that have had to wait a few weeks to get pretty standard headsets back in stock.

  • Kevin Jeffery

    I commute on a 2011 Cielo Cross (with Paul Racer brakes). Have raced a bit of cx, has been my primary road bike, commuted in SF with flat bars and downtube shifters, cruised around town with my daughter in a kid seat. It is a bike I ride 200+ days/year. Super versatile bike that I plan on keeping for life. AND it was my first steel bike. Thanks for getting me into metal.

  • Kevin Jeffery

    I commute on a 2011 Cielo Cross (with Paul Racer brakes). Have raced a bit of cx, has been my primary road bike, commuted in SF with flat bars and downtube shifters, cruised around town with my daughter in a kid seat. It is a bike I ride 200+ days/year. Super versatile bike that I plan on keeping for life. AND it was my first steel bike.

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