Chris King add Campagnolo-compatible hubs to range

By James Huang, tech ed, in Boulder, USA | Tuesday, August 9, 2011 2.35pm

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.

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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.

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