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Chris King Announces Their Lifetime Warranty

I have a Chris King story. Do you? Well, I have a few Chris King stories and that’s because I own more than a couple of their products. In fact, most of my bikes have their headsets and hubs. My Retrotec is what I would consider the epitome of King’s reliability. This bike was built for NAHBS with the King 40th group: Hubs, headset, and even a stem faceplate. I still ride this bike as much as I can and still haven’t had to service anything, three years later. I really need to do an update gallery to the bike!

Knowing that now, King stands behind their products with a no-questions replacement warranty really sweetens the deal. King also now offers a lifetime warranty on their carbon wheels, including the Santa Cruz Reserve and ENVE wheels.

Head over to Chris King to see their Lifetime Warranty post!

NAHBS 2019: Chris King Finally Offers XD Drivers on R45 Road Hubs

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NAHBS 2019: Chris King Finally Offers XD Drivers on R45 Road Hubs

It took a long time and there’s a long story behind the reason for the abnormal wait but at NAHBS this year, Chris King released the plug-n-play XD driver for their R45 road hubs. Now, there is a compatibility window for this replacement driver, so you should check with your local bike shop to see if your hubs can take the 11-speed driver, but if you have a Centerlock hub, then you’re good to go. Head to your local shop to inquire about the upgrade so you can use SRAM’s 10-42 cassette on your all-road bike.

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Hydra vs. Torch Sound Off

With the new Hydra hubs on the market, customers are wondering just how different they sound when compared to Industry Nine’s Torch hubs. Well, here’s a video showcasing the difference.

All-City’s Go Devil Hubs Are Ultra Light

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All-City’s Go Devil Hubs Are Ultra Light

Hubs are rarely cheap and light. In the cycling industry, if you want lightweight, you usually pay a premium. That’s where All-City saw an opportunity in the hub market. They made a set of lightweight hubs at a low cost. Available in disc or rim brake, in black or silver, and 28h or 32h drillings. Ok so how light are these hubs? The front rim brake hub ($70) weighs 60g, with the rear ($120) coming in at 227g. The front disc is 164g ($100) with the rear disc hub ($175) is 277g. These are 11-speed compatible, with XD drivers available and aluminum freehubs. See more information at All-City.

Industry Nine Announces Shimano Micro Spline Approval

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Industry Nine Announces Shimano Micro Spline Approval

When a new standard enters the industry, smaller companies and makers scramble to update their products to this new standard but when the standard is under license, they have to jump through hoops to access that license. Shimano’s Micro Spline is part of the XTR M9100 group and requires a completely new driver. Luckily, Industry Nine is one of the few companies granted a license to make this driver, which they will do at their facility in Asheville, North Carolina.

When M9100 hits retailers, look to Industry Nine for your hub and driver needs.

SON’s New Thru Axle to Quick Release Adapter

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SON’s New Thru Axle to Quick Release Adapter

If you have two bikes with different hub axle specs that would benefit from a SON hub dynamo setup but don’t want to invest in two new wheels, then SON has a nifty new component you might be interested in. This nifty axle slides into a thru-axle SON hub and allows you to run a 9mm QR. The new SON 12 mm Thru-Axle Adapter is $23 and in stock now at Compass’ Web Shop.

Chris King’s New Limited Edition Colors

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Chris King’s New Limited Edition Colors

We’ve seen the bright and matte emerald color on the Moots from NAHBS, now here’s a look at all three limited edition colors from Chris King: matte black, matte slate and matte emerald. All three colors are available for ordering now. Limited Edition Matte Emerald is available for pre-order now and has a 40-day lead time. The last day to place an order for Matte Emerald is June 12, 2017, so holler at your local Chris King dealer today.

Phil Wood 45th Anniversary Hubs

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Phil Wood 45th Anniversary Hubs

To celebrate its 45th birthday, cycling component manufacturer Phil Wood just released two style of anodized hubs. Available in both road and track, but in limited numbers, these beautiful road hubs will set you back $630 and the track hubs start at $395. See the other anodized color and more information at Phil Wood.

Industry Nine: Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock Hubs

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Industry Nine: Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock Hubs

Industry Nine makes amazing hubs. In fact they’re my favorite MTB hub on the market and many would agree that they just got better. The Asheville, NC company just announced the addition of center-lock hubs to their Torch Classic Mountain hubs. As with all i9 products, they come in a variety of colors, axle compatibilities and rear spacing perfect for matching your bike. See more information at Industry Nine.

Labels Out Or In?

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Labels Out Or In?

Yesterday people got in a little debate about hub label orientation on Chris King hubs. So which way is it?

A few years ago, I asked Chris King and Jay Sycip which “way” the hub label should be facing on a King front hub. I had always heard the rider should be able to read the label and while most manufacturers agree, Chris King wanted the viewer of the bike to see his name.

One way to tell it was intentional: the cone adjustment is on the same side as the rear hub when you place the name facing out. So, technically, yes the hub is in the wrong orientation with the Stinner. Does it matter? No. Especially since the traditional way is facing in.

Mash and Phil Wood

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Mash and Phil Wood

Mash has collaborated with Phil Wood three times now and while the original high flange green hubs were very, very nice these battleship gray low flange models turned out exquisite. These bombproof hubs are 32 hole, fixed / fixed and would look great on a street or a race wheelset.

Pick up a set of these killer hubs at Mash

All-City Cycles: New Sheriff SL Track Hubs

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All-City Cycles: New Sheriff SL Track Hubs

All-City Cycles recently took their popular Sheriff track hubs and re-worked them drastically improving the functionality. All while keeping the original design language. They lightened the axles, removed material at the flanges and topped off the re-design with Japanese manufactured 6902 bearings which roll incredibly fast and smooth while retaining excellent seals for all weather, all-day everyday durability.

The result is a hubset that weighs a mere 432g,198 for the front, and 234 for the rear. This makes it one of the lightest track hubsets in the world, a figure even more impressive when you consider All-City didn’t eliminate the usefulness of a fixed / fixed or fixed / free option as most racing hubs do.

The new Sheriff SL track hubs are available in 28 and 32 hole versions, silver or black, front and rear. See more at All-City Cycles and place an order through your local shop.