Build up the perfect wheel with the Chris King ISO Disc Rear hub. This particular hub comes outfitted with a 142 x 12mm axle to reduce lateral twisting of the wheels and keep you tracking straight. The oversized hub flanges allow you to use shorter spokes, for less flex and a stronger wheel, overall.
Strengths: Best hub out there. Looks great and handles diesel power
Weaknesses: Needs a spendy tool for a total overhaul (if ever needed)
I am a clyde who has had wheel/hub issues in the past. I decided after two sets of hubs/wheels that enough was enough.....CK needed to come to my rescue.
So I ordered the ISO 36hole rear hub with Stainless Steel Freehub body (bulletproof FH body for a bigger guy) in red. WOW, great looking hub with every sign of great quality. I only have a couple hundred miles on the hub, but I am loving the instant engagement, and no worry power application.
I don't think its loud at all, in fact I don't even notice it when costing. Angy bees sound more like mildly agitated bees to me!!
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2012
Strengths: easy to rebuild, light weight, strong, instant engagement
Weaknesses: loud (if you let it get dirty). Can fail in really cold weather
I love these hubs, but like any high performance component... they can be temper-mental.
If you are going to buy these, you probably expect them to last a long time, and they do. With this in mind, you might as well go ahead and splurge for the toolset required to rebuild them. You do not want to trust this kind of thing to the kid down at the bike shop doing on the job training. It is really slick and easy to rebuild these with the tool... kinda fun even.
One other thing... use lighter oil if you plan on riding in really cold winter temperatures, and make sure they are clean. Cold temps/sludge can foul up the tight tolerances inside and cause failure.
Strengths: Great looks and nice colors, fast engagement, durable finish.
Weaknesses: Aluminum freehub body tends to get grooves from some cassettes, Not a big deal but could become a problem over time.
I have owned the same King hubset for 6 years. They have required very little service and have proven to be very durable. Over time they break in nicely and become smoother with less drag. The ring drive system does make a noticable difference when climbing over rocks. The quick engagement really does help. They are expensive but considering how long they have lasted and how many maintenance free miles I would say they are a bargain.
Strengths: Comes in various colors, instant engagement, and very user friendly - easy to adjust/service.
Weaknesses: They do seem to take some time to break-in. Not cheap either, but hey nothing that is dependable and worth while is :) Why doesn't Chris King make skewers?
I purchased a custom built wheelset about a year ago. I am running Chris King hubs (front and rear) laced to Mavic 819 rims and DT Swiss spokes. I was really impressed right away. I really like the instant engagement of the rear ISO hub. Much better than my stock wheelset that came on my 06' Epic Comp. After several rides (about 75 miles) I did notice some play in the hubs. This is normal as the bearings settle in. The nice thing about these hubs is that they are easy to service yourself (especially if you are used to working on your own bikes). After making the adjustments I haven't had an issue since. Oh yeah, they sound cool too!
Bike Setup: 2006 Specialized Epic Comp, Fox Fork, XTR Crankset, Chris King bottom bracket and headset, Mavic 819 laced to Chris King ISO Disc, Thomson stem w/ Easton CNT Monkey, Thomson seatpost and clamp.
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012
Strengths: Instant engagement. Lots of color choices. Great sound. Easily Adjustable.
Weaknesses: Break in period is a bit long. But its so easy to adjust them this wasnt really a big deal.Price..but quality usually comes at a price
Got these hubs for a no expense spared build and am very happy that I went CK. The engagement is unreal. I was a bit worried at first after my wheels developed a slight side to side wobble after the first couple rides. But, was reassured after visiting CKs website and I guess this is normal during the initial break in period. Literally took me 1 allen wrench and about 30 seconds to adjust them and get rid of the wobble. Super easy idiot proof design. And its something that can be done on the trail without really needing to remove the wheel. Overall am extremely satisfied with these hubs. They look and sound great and perform above and beyond my expectations.
a All Mountain Rider
from Kanata, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012
Strengths: Fast engagement
Weaknesses: Require frequent maintenance, excessive drag, poorly sealed, difficult to clean the internals, expensive tool required for rebuild, special lube required on ringdrive.
I am generally a fan of Chris King components and thought these hubs would be pretty much the best of the best, but I have to say that after one season of use I am quite disappointed. The hub develops play in the main bearing and for that reason the preload has to be re-adjusted after every second ride. The bearing drag is much higher than with any other hub I've used, even after months of use. The internal ringdrive mechanism seem to get dirty rather quickly and is difficult to clean (note: if the hub stops making that buzzing sound while freewheeling, it means the ringdrive is loaded with dirt and needs cleaning!). I've contacted Chris King tech support regarding the bearing play and they suggested a few things to check but so far have been unable to solve the problem.
Strengths: solid construction, color possibility, seal tight
Weaknesses: seal to tight, drag a lot, + to munch mécanical drag, over rated, lots of hub's are better.The color go away in less then 2 years.
If,.....IF you like to run them with oil= lot of maintenance, they are ok for gravity trail, going downhill, for trail and cross-country, used faster wheels like DT-SWISS, HOPE,WHITE industries, SHIMANO XTR,XT. USED your money somewhere else will be a better spend...........
Service, what service...........CK......Talk a lot but don't really deliver........
When you have a problem...it is your problem, they don't care.
Strengths: Light, build strong wheel. Super quick engagement. Fun bolts and replacement axle upgrade well worth it.
Weaknesses: High maintainence. Costly for something which comes loose as soon as you get it and then never really tightens properly. After much frustration, I ended up buying the fun bolt axle & fun bolts - much better. Stiffened up back end of bike too. Cassette carrier gouges too much too easily in my view.
Good product, just high maintainence. Hubs has stopped free wheeling after 6 years. Am trying to work out if I should buy the maintainence kit & have hub to a Stans flow rim, or sell the wheelset and buy a hadley wheelset. Might just get local bikeshop to service and see how that goes. Hub has also developed a bit play.
Haven't touched the front hub since I owned it, or my CK headset for that matter and they're still sweet as. Just wish that was the same for the rear hub.
Bike Setup: Turner 5 Spot, Rock Shocks Pike, CK headset 454 etc
a Weekend Warrior
from Fremont CA
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2011
Strengths: Quality,quality,quality. Looks great, very light, cool sound, easy to service and replacement parts are easy to get on King website.
Weaknesses: Does require some maintanance but welcome to mountain biking.
Lets see, almost 6 years of pounding this hub including some DH racing, jumps, drops - 6' to flat, Northstar, and tons of hard riding. Did break the freehub body when chain wedged in between casette and hub due to a branch on downhill - sheared all drive side spokes but that was my bad and finally cracked the left side axle end and both parts easy to get on King site at a reasoable cost. They are expensive but as bombproof as I have found and still going strong.
Similar Products Used: Hope, XTR - broke, White - broke, XT - broke and early Nuke Proof also broke so bad luck with weak hubs.
Bike Setup: 06 Nomad set up as an all mountain - trail bike.
a Cross Country Rider
from SImi Valley, CA
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2011
Strengths: Supposed reputation? Unique sound? Lots of quality time spent wrenching in the garage?
Weaknesses: Value and longevity isn't there. Lack of support through Chris King.
The noise and constant maintenance required for Chris King hubs is a bit annoying, but beware... their anodized colors can fade inconsistently. I bought a pair of RED hubs about three years ago, and now the front hub is PINK while the rear remains red. I sent them to Chris King tech-support for service and they couldn't care less. "Our colors aren't covered under warranty. Your internals remain beautiful." Great, thanks. Much like that ugly fat girl with the really good personality? This is a high-end, very expensive set of hubs - I expected them to have decent longevity in both function and appearance. Look for these on eBay soon. Cheap!
I rode the CK hubs for a couple of years thinking they would break in but never did. Freehub friction is way to high. Chain piles up if you backpedal at all at speed. I considered it dangerous, not wanting my bike to drop the chain or lock up at 30 or 40 mph. I serviced them twice using King's service toolset and proprietary lube, but no improvement. The CKs have been relegated to my wife's rig. She doesn't have the same need for speed that I do and therefore won't be in any danger. I am riding on White Industries M-16s and lovin' it.
2 chilis for value. (They cost more than other hubs that actually work properly.)
3 chilis overall
(If you fix the friction problem they would be a 4/5)
Similar Products Used: White Industries M15 and M16. Shimano XT. Shimano Deore. American Classic.
Bike Setup: Horst Turner 5 Spot with long rockers and RP3 Pushed. Talas 130 Pushed. M-16/ZTR355 wheels by Daves Speed Dream Wheels. XT.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010
Strengths: The Rolls Royce of hubs.
Weaknesses: Economies of scale. Too expensive.
My hope hub which was born in the UK with the bike had lasted me 15yrs. It gave up then was rebuilt in Vancouver by the Master mechanic at xxxxxx bikes, owner is possibly one of the rudest individuals you will ever encounter so I wont divulge name. The mechanic salvaged another hard yr out of the Hope. When it died I returned to see if there was anything left in it. It was stripped. We discussed why and compared it to the CK as buying a new hub was my only option. The Chris King he explained in great technical detail, will not break because of the design of its locking mechanism.
a Cross Country Rider
from honolulu, HI., USA
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2009
Strengths: the color selection, the engagements, the famous CK buzz, and its bombproof.
Weaknesses: i'll let you know if i find one.
once i took my first spin on these hubs i was hooked. it has instant engagement. when i need to do a half crank just b4 a jump its there! unlike the standard 2 pawl 24 engagement hubs. thats the biggest selling point for me. when i need to crank its there. plus it adds value to your bike not mention the infamous buzz as you pass your fellow riders. if you buy one you won't be dissapointed. its perfect for whatever riding you do or want to do!