a Weekend Warrior
from Newburyport, ma
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2009
Strengths: Engagement is awesome. These hubs are the best.
I have King Hubs on my SS, Nomad and Blur LT. They are amazing. I had an issue with my older hub and my LBS sent the hub back to King and they rebuilt it and added the new style hub tightening for next to nothing...$20 is what is cost me. I do have the hub wrench for tightening the hub if it get's loose but that's rare. In the beginning break in period it was a half a dozen times. On the Singlespeed hub, haven't touched it and it's been perfect. King rocks. You get what you pay for
Bike Setup: Niner S.I.R King front and back on Stans ZTR, XTR crank, King Ti headset, Salsa carbon bar, Thompson Masterpiece and Thompson Stem, HOpe X2 brakes...sweet
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2009
Strengths: Great engagement
Weaknesses: Requires constant maintenance
Well, I love the engagement. But I have two sets of Kings and have to say they are a constant maintenance nightmare. I have both a singlespeed hub and one for my geared bike and both rear hubs are always coming loose. I've had the shop fix them a number of times (by several different mechanics), have done it myself and they last about three or four rides before they come loose.
People say Chris King has great customer service but I can't get them to answer polite emails asking what their suggestions are for fixing these problems.
I'm not sure there's another answer out there for this quick engagement that I love so much, but the maintenance hassles I've endured make me wish for something else.
Similar Products Used: Tried or owned Hadleys, I9s, Paul Words w/ ENOs. All were nice but I liked the Kings the best.
a Cross Country Rider
from WB, MI, USA
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2008
Strengths: Durability and performance.
Weaknesses: Rear seems to loosen up, both on my brand new SS and on my older geared. SS right away. geared after about a 3/4 of a year.
Great product, but have developed some slop in the rear hub/cog after 8 rides. Is it common for this to loosen up so fast? My other bike (geared) also has F/R CK hubs and they are well worth the money if you have it and live by "you get what you pay for."
Weaknesses: Price. Special Tools needed for full service.
Not much of a techie. These hubs last. Ride all year long: East Coast US weather. Used the two 5mm allens to tighten them twice and that's it. The sound annoys most, but I love it when they scream! Gonna try building them up to some Stan's rims...right now they're laced to Sun Rhyno Lights (ouch!), and I'm craving weightlessness. Can't get LBS to stock them b/c they are so damn expensive.
Bike Setup: All of my bike were equipped with king hubs and won't in the future
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2006
Strengths: Great looking Quick engagement
Weaknesses: Bearings: one inside driveshell is even not sealed , easily eats mud and collapses. Bearing Price: Just one bearing costs $37 or $40 and it's not worth it. Drive lube run out quickly
It's all about bearings. If you have hub tool, check the bearing within drive shell and it must be eating lots of debris or almost dying. I'm not happy with other bearings too:NTN LLB type bearing has by far the better rolling ability and very well sealed. The price of the Japanese made NTN bearing is MRSP of about $6 and you could purchase about$3 each if you live in Japan. DT hugi 240 hub has weak hub flange but uses Japanese NTN too and rolls better than king.(cheap DT hub uses NTN of other country, such as taiwan etc)
Strengths: SS Hub with Disc Adapter:Typical Chris King Quality. This review is overdue, and I hope they're serving the friend I sold them to just as well. Never a problem with them. Used for EVERYTHING-DH/XC/SS, you name it. I love the sound, and the looks you get as other riders shout out: "Kkkkkiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggg!".
Weaknesses: I was a bit nervous about the adapter at first, but never had to worry about it. I incessantly cheched it, but it stayed put. The only reason I put them aside was to pot a set of ISo's I have back into use as my goto set. I do wish they'd go ahead and come out with the ISO-SS hub though.
They work. If you don't like the beehive sound, keep spinning.The quality is there. Your money's well spent.
Similar Products Used: Chris King Classic hubs-road and mountain, ISO hubset.
pics of a set: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=175818
Bike Setup: Check Here:http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=147976
a Cross Country Rider
from Dallas, the metromess
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2006
Strengths: Beautiful finish, chi-chi color selection, reputation, easily adjusted, cogs easily swapped, weight, instant ON engagement.
Weaknesses: Cost, availability, warnings about not lacing the front radial.
They sound like a bee in a bucket but they are smooth and beautiful. You need to keep an eye on how much side-to-side play develops as they break in and keep them adjusted properly. I built two sets of wheels for this bike, the other is Phil Wood. Both are beautiful wheelsets but the Kings win on the issue of light weight but the durability remains to be seen, though I have no reason so far to expect any issues here. I don't see how you can go wrong, if you can afford these expensive SOBs.
Similar Products Used: XT 7sp conversion, Phil Wood
Bike Setup: High end SS 29er.
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2005
Strengths: Wow. where do I start? Everything good you could want in a hub, well here it is. But I'll tell you know anyway. It's light, strong, sounds wicked, spins like nothing else, stays put (both the bearings and in the dropout), looks totally sick, and is the best design out there. Oh yeah, you also get the best warranty and customer service I've seen yet. And I'm a bike shop mechanic.
Weaknesses: You kidding?
I originally wanted just to get away from having to space out my cheap 8-speed hub, and get something that would easily handle hardcore urban assault and skatepark riding. But after looking at Spot, Atomlab, Surly, DMR, Phil Wood, Paul Components, Hadley, and DT Swiss SS hubs, I couldn't settle for anything less then a Chris King. Man am I happy. This thing is amazing just to hold in your hand. So I built it up and took it easy for a while, then rode it hard. It started to skip, and wouldn't stay adjusted right, the bearing adjustment clamp kept coming loose, creating play, which led to skipping. So after about a month, I sent it in to the awesome peeps at CK. They gave it the works. Overhaul with new main bearing and a new adjusting clamp. It came back sooner then I expected. I haven't had one problem since. Seriously, you're not just buying the best hub out there, you're paying for a top-dog company that cares for it's customers. I ride hard and break stuff (I just snapped my front axle), but this hub has held up good for about 4 months of solid abuse. Still doubt me? Email me and I'll show you.
Bike Setup: Specialized 05 P.3, Fox Vanilla R fork set to 100mm, Easton Monkeybar, EA70 post, Vice Stem, Holzfeller cranks, Specialized 06 Lo' Pro Mag pedals, Specialized SL BMX seat, ODI lock-ons, Avid 06 Juicy Seven 8" rear brake, cheap front wheel, Chris King Rear SS Disk rear hub with DT spokes, nipples and DT Swiss FR 6.1d rim, Maxxis Holy Rollers 2.4
from Near forest
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2005
Strengths: 72pt engageent Looking good Internal
Weaknesses: bearing seal, especially drive side bearing spec is king's own and couldn't purchase from@any other manufacturer Price sound? I waited 6 month after order.
I just write what to think about before you purchase King hub.(I put 3 king hubs on XC, road, trials bike.)
If you use King hub, you'd better better off 1.Don't ride in mud Drive side bearing eats mud easily; it's exposed and rubber seal is not labyrinth sealed like NTN bearing in Hugi hub. If you do, change wheels with Hugi hub or cheap shimano hub. After one winter season,I noticed drive side bearing got little rough for mud when servicing the hub.
2.Buy hub tool, drive lube and Dive side bearing. non drive side is OK.
I'd give this great hub 5 if they use SKF,NSK or NTN bearing, quick delivery and little reasonable price.
I'll try hadley in the recent future since hadley seems to use NTN bearing and 108pt engagement and $100 cheaper.
a Cross Country Rider
from Park City, UT
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2005
Strengths: All the above. Great hubs all around. If you've got the money you can't go wrong.
Weaknesses: I recently broke one of the axle bolts (fun bolts).
Great hub and so far has outlasted every Shimano or Bontrager hub I've ever owned. Virtually maintenance free and rock solid. Only problem is I recently broke one of the axle bolts (fun bolts) while cranking on it with an allen wrench. I think it just fatigued after a year of swapping out cogs. King took the bolts back immediately for warranty inspection. Excellent customer service.
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Hello cool individuals.
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