Chris King add Campagnolo-compatible hubs to range

R45 now also available with ceramic bearings

Among the features of Chris King's road-specific R45 hubs was the promise of Campagnolo compatibility afforded by the slightly smaller 17mm-diameter axle – and that day has finally arrived. Chris King will offer complete hubs and separate freehub bodies to fit the Italian cassette standard beginning January 2012.

Also new for the R45 range is a ceramic bearing option to go along with the ceramic bottom bracket announced last month. Other features of the R45 are unchanged for 2012, including the 102/221g claimed front/rear weights (ceramic bearing equipped versions are 3-5g lighter).

The lower-friction 45-tooth RingDrive internal mechanism and bearing seals remain, along with 20/24/28/32-hole drilling options, a five-year warranty, and your choice of 10 anodized colors. Just as before, R45 hubs will continue to be manufactured in Chris King's Portland, Oregon facility.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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