It’s crazy to think that Chris King Precision Components have been around for 40 years. A company that started with a simple headset has slowly grown into an’ almost anything with bearings’ powerhouse known around the world. To celebrate their 40th anniversary internally, Chris King has already released the Olive Crate green special edition product line. While the mountain bike world landed the limited edition Santa Cruz 5010 to honor the occasion, Chris King asked Seven Cycles to whip something special up for the road…

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Starting with their RedSky SL mid-reach rim brake road platform, the bike seems like a apt model for Chris King’s Portland roots. The mid-reach rim brake calipers allow for slightly bigger tires, clearing up to a 32mm file tread but also allowing room for standard 28mm tires with fenders – a must in a city like Portland. The hand made titanium frame gets a combination of white and Olive Crate green paint mixed with bead blasted titanium for a finish worthy of the occasion.

This particular build will be on display at Chris King’s headquarters until the end of the year for their 40th anniversary party at the factory. Currently limited to just this bike, apparently, “similar models featuring King’s anodized components” are available through Seven Cycles dealers.


    • You must not have just put 17 years on your last set of CK hubs.., like I just did, without service. Chris King rocks. I’ll always have a strong representation in my bike collection. Angry Bee… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      • All that really says is you don’t ride very often. I’ve seen numerous King hubs, BB’s and even Headsets destroyed in matter of months. Nothing more than color matched containers for bearings. If you obsess about looking cool over long term functionality then yes King is for you.

      • I put over 20,000 miles on a set and had to tighten the hubs every 100-150 miles. I gave them another shot and the next set was worse. I do have 90,000+ miles on a King headset though

    • You should look up what current and former employees at Chris King have to say about that place on glassdoor, it’s pretty shocking. The hubs are an easy one to replace, but you’re going to want to look elsewhere for headsets and bb’s too after reading those posts.

      • Oh snap. Kind of makes me feel dirty for buying that 125 expresso tamper. Well, for headsets, Cane Creek is employee owned and I can’t find them on Glassdoor.. which is telling.

    • I have never seen a Chris King rear hub that is not loose. I have seen 15-20 of them, and every time I have seen one, I grab the bike by the saddle with one hand, and wobble the rear wheel back and forth by hand with the other.

        • I won’t exclude that what you’re saying is true, but I also know others who say the same thing about King rear hubs. And to be fair, my own King rear hubs, all of which could not be made tight without causing a slack chain, ran fine, never skipped, and didn’t break. It’s also interesting that your number is exactly twice as high as mine.

  1. It’s funny how Seven manages to make a brand new bike with such sweet components look so unremarkable. Maybe it’s the fact that their aesthetic hasn’t evolved since their beginning. Maybe they should hire a designer for their graphics? They’re going to have a hard time selling bikes once their demographic dies out.

  2. Ha-ha! I’m a seven-year-plus Seven owner who still says “Damn!” when I get on my ti road bike, and it’s always funny to see people b*tch about aesthetics. If you haven’t RIDDEN a Seven, just shut up.

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