Chris King closes Cielo custom framebuilding operation

Company shifts gears to focus on core products

As of 15 August 2017 Chris King will no longer offer its Cielo custom frames. 

No detail was too small to go untouched
No detail was too small to go untouched

While primarily known as a bespoke component company, Chris King actually built steel frames back in the '70s. However, the popularity of his headset made him put down the welding tools to focus on that side of the business. 

King re-launched the Cielo brand in 2008 with beautiful custom frames featuring old-school craftsmanship and slender steel tubing. The Spanish word Cielo translates to 'sky' or 'heaven'. Jay Sycip was brought on to help grow and develop the brand.

Cielo frames were naturally outfitted with Chris King components
Cielo frames were naturally outfitted with Chris King components

A statement on the Cielo page of the Chris King website states: "We are quite proud of the product that Cielo has produced over the years and are honored by those who ride our frames. We are suspending Cielo indefinitely to focus our attention on Chris King Precision Components core product families (headsets, bottom brackets, and hubs)."

It's also noted on King's website that the brand "will continue to support the Cielo warranty and will fulfill any outstanding orders."

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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