Like a treasure in the desert, Chris King
had their full range of components on display in the heat of Interbike's Outdoor Demo. Included in that lineup was their new 12 x 142 mm hub and axle
, as well as an updated headset that uses a split wedge
for better reliability on long travel bikes. Inside you can see the photos, read the info, as well as listen to audio
from the men behind the changes!Read on...Chris King in 2011
Functional bike jewelery exposed. You are staring into the heart of Chris King's beautiful rear hub with all of its inner workings exposed to the public's prying eyes. While the freehub's inner workings remain the same and will probably last much longer than the rest of your bike, King is introducing a new 12 x 142 mm axle option to fit the emerging standard. The new aluminum axle is easily installed and is fitted with durable stainless steel end caps that fit into the recessed dropouts of the 12 x 142 system. It will be available as a stock unit on new hubs or as an upgrade option for older models. While King's components are unarguably more pricey than many other options, the durability of their hubs and the fact that they can be easily configured to new standards make them a smart choice when looking for long lasting reliability.
For many years Chris King's headsets have relied upon an O-ring to align the compression assembly and while it is a simple and mostly effective system, there were certainly some drawbacks to it as well. The O-ring design was not known for being overly reliable on bikes that are being ridden hard, as well as having limited success at compensating for misalignment or steerer tubes that were out of tolerance. For 2011 King has incorporated a new tapered split wedge design that is far better suited to higher loads that are found on bikes that use longer travel forks. No, the technology isn't new, but it is great to see King addressing issues that some riders may have had. Like any of Chris King's evolutions, this system will be available as both an upgrade to certain current models, as well as offered in a new headset. Listen to the audio for more information on headset updates for 2011.
Not only were there new headset internals on display, but new models as well. 2011 sees additions to fit tapered steerer tubes so no one should feel left out.
Visit the Chris King website
to see their entire line of bike goodies.Stay tuned for more Interbike coverage!