Chris King R45 Disc brake road hubs and Cielo disc brake cyclocross bike

Chris King has unleashed a world of new products that you suddenly want. Bad.

The new R45 Disc hubs have a 6-bolt disc brake mount with taller flanges than their standard R45 road hubs. They’re built for cyclocross and road bikes but, oh yes, you know it, they built them to handle light XC use, too.

Hub spacing is 135mm and weights are 162g F and 276g R for now. King is still chiseling away inside the hub shell and freehub body, so they could get lighter before production begins in Q1 2013. Pricing TBD. Available Q1 in all 10 colors.

All road hubs as of Q1 2013 will be 11-speed compatible. The change required an entirely new freehub body and axle. Fortunately, they made it work their lifetime collection of hubs – it’ll retrofit to their older hubs, including QR rear mountain bike hubs.

Chris King R45 Disc brake road hubs and Cielo disc brake cyclocross bike

Chris King R45 Disc brake road hubs and Cielo disc brake cyclocross bike

And yes, that’s a new Cielo Disc Brake cyclocross bike!

Chris King PressFit bottom brackets

After working on the square taper bottom bracket for 15 years and not releasing it, you could say Chris King is on a roll here. Theyre launching PressFit bottom brackets for PF30 and PF24. They’ll include a 5 year warranty and they’re machined in house in Portland, OR. They’ll also offer 24mm adapters for converting BB30 to Shimano standard and an stepped adapter to run SRAM’s GXP cranks. Available Q1.


Inset 8 headset fits the newer 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered forks when running them on a 44mm headtube. Available Q1 in all 10 colors.


Their mountain bike hubs are now available in a 157 wide, which is being shipped to the Santa Cruz Syndicate for riding on what will likely be the next V10. Word is the dropouts use the same interface as 142 hubs and frames, just wider.

Their ENVE / King complete wheels won a Eurobike award for best mountain bike wheel.


  1. Tom on

    I had to re-read that sentence twice. I almost got all excited for a square-taper King BB!

    For the R45 disc road hubs, will they offer both Shimano and Campagnolo like the non-disc version?

  2. Whatever on

    This company simply does not know how to do things wrong! Shimano 11speed should present some wrinkles, but they will just doing it right, instead of fast, like they always do. King is like a HBS case study.

  3. Matt on

    As much as I hate press fit bbs I’m really excited to see the release of these two bbs. Especially given the fact that King will also have reamers to ensure that they are installed perfectly.

    I’m sure the inevitable creaking of all pressfit bottom brackets will come to an end.


  4. Tom on

    cw: Definitely, as long as you realize there will be half the engagement that the regular King MTB hubs have. Not as much of an issue on the road with the R45’s, but the quick engagement is one of the things I like best about their MTB hubs.

  5. Canucklehead on

    For the quoted weights, the hubs are roughly par with Hope Pro 2’s. The DT Swiss 180/190’s are still a lot lighter (~60 grams, front or rear) in comparison… I’d like to see a centerlock option, in hopes that it’d drop more weight.

  6. blantonator on

    Canucklehead: wut?

    Hope Pro 2 Evo Weight: Front 185g (QR) Rear 285g (QR)

    these new king hubs are comparable price and weight to dt240’s with arguably better build quality and more points of engagement.

    Also, let’s not forget a DT 180 rear hub is $800

  7. Canucklehead on


    Yes, 10 gram difference (besides the press release vs reality) at each wheel. I was hoping for an alternative to my 180s.

  8. cw on

    Tom – 45 poe is still better then almost any mainstream mtb hub out there save for ck iso, hadley, precision, hope trials. For a lightweight XC application, 45 is awesome.

  9. Tom on

    @cw: totally agree! Just a lot of people I talked to casually about my R45’s were unaware that Chris King shaved weight by lowering the POE. For a geared MTB I would totally go for this setup. For my singlespeed MTB, I would probably stick with the standard, comes in handy for ratcheting the pedals over technical terrain.


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