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NAHBS 2017: Chris King goes matte with standard and Limited Edition finishes… and Bourbon?

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Put some fancy bike parts and a bottle of bourbon under a glass case, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to attract attention at NAHBS. Unfortunately for show goers, both had to stay under the case. That’s because the Bourbon inspired parts from Chris King are part of a show-only run of parts to gauge consumer’s interest.

If you like the finish though, you’re in luck. The matte finish is joining the permanent line up, in two stock colors and one Limited Edition… 

Along with other builders, Cielo had this beautiful bike on display with a full complement of the Bourbon colored parts.

We haven’t had the time yet to find all of the bikes in the show with Bourbon appointments, but this Argonaut caught our eye. Not only does it have the new parts from Chris King, but it also features Speed Release thru axles front and rear.

When it comes to parts that will actually be available to consumers, Chris King is starting off their matte finish options with three colors. Jet and Slate matte will be permanent additions to the line, while the Emerald matte is a Limited Edition. Available for preorder soon, lead time is said to be about 30 days for Jet or Grey and 90 days for the Emerald. To go along with the new colors, Chris King will also begin taking orders on monday for T47 bottom brackets.

 

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mac
mac
5 years ago

Oh yeah. The matte slate is hot

DOOFUS
DOOFUS
5 years ago

Want OLIVE as a non-limited box set only thing.

Chase
Chase
5 years ago

Wow- That Bourbon(but I’ll call it Kashima) color is awesome!! Perfectly timed for my new wheel build.

Seraph
Seraph
5 years ago
Reply to  Chase

Good luck getting a set. There are only 5 sets made and 4 are on bikes built specifically for the show/

Chase
Chase
5 years ago

Oops. What a freakin tease. Chris King always teases and then takes a year to get stuff out.
Still waiting for Centerlock Boost Hubs.

Rippin Ronnie
Rippin Ronnie
5 years ago

Why is it considered newsworthy when someone just makes different color variations of the same ol crap?

Seraph
Seraph
5 years ago
Reply to  Rippin Ronnie

Because you’re on BikeRumor.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Seraph

Just waiting for ebikes with new colorways.

Mike A
Mike A
5 years ago

I kinda weirdly like the bourbon anno. Might look cool on a matte black bike with tan sidewall tires.

Dexter
Dexter
5 years ago

Yeah, when you have nothing new to offer, just offer some new colors with a hefty price tag~

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Dexter

#forsooth

Seraph
Seraph
5 years ago
Reply to  Dexter

In the bike industry, new colors is newsworthy enough. After all it’s the North American Handmade Bike Show, not Interbike. They didn’t have to show anything at all.

Arlington
Arlington
5 years ago

I’m curious how that matte will hold up when rubbed (from cables, cleaning clothes) will it polish it self out? My buddy had some ano-matte parts done on his moto-scrambler, and after a few months of use, the rubbed areas were shiny like they got polished!

joe
joe
5 years ago

Honestly, giving credit where it’s due. It’s a great way to sell an old design. I mean, beautiful. I couldn’t imagine not wanting a set of those. I’d even deal with the sound of the rear hub.

WannaBeSTi
WannaBeSTi
5 years ago

Though I’m not a fan-boy of CK stuff, I do like the color. I bet it’ll look really cool as it fades over the years (no sarcasm).

PFS
PFS
5 years ago

Looks like the color that cheap anno black parts turn after a few years of use. I already have a ton of parts in this color…

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