Chris King previews new front hub for Cannondale Lefty forks

New model will fill a longstanding gap

Cannondale-sponsored racer Ryan Trebon recently provided a sneak preview of Chris King's latest prototype component: a new front hub compatible with Cannondale Lefty hubs. Chris King isn't releasing technical information just yet but we can still see some interesting details.

The new hub maintains the usual Chris King aesthetic with a moderately barrel-shaped, large-diameter body and a meaty six-bolt rotor interface. Bearing preload is clearly adjustable via a threaded collar, and the adjustment is locked in place with a simple pinch bolt.

More interesting, however, is how Chris King has chosen to secure the hub to the Lefty axle. Instead of a simple bolt, Chris King appears to have machined its own custom hardware with a head that mirrors the shape of its legendary headsets.

Although we don't know weights or available colors, we do know the prices and the anticipated release date: Chris King Lefty-compatible hubs with stainless steel bearings will cost US$235, while ceramic bearings will push the cost up to US$319. Both will be officially released on October 1.

Stay tuned for more.

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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