Chris King R45 Ceramic Bearings Front Road Hub
Based in Portland Oregon, Chris King is an independent in-house manufacturer of arguably most desirable bicycle components on the market. Precision CNC machining and high tolerance bearings can be found on all of their headsets, bottom brackets and hubs. Reserved for the most exclusive bikes out there, CK is synonymous with true aftermarket quality.
An all-new, lightweight hub designed expressly for the demands of road racing.
The R45 hub is 20% lighter than our already light Classic hub. Chris King started by making both front and rear hubshells smaller and sleeker and then adding all-new 17mm axles. That's 17mm from dropout to dropout resisting deflection during cornering or when the power is full on. They designed a new driveshell to fit the new rear hub design, removing as much weight as possible from the shell and its inner components. But the highlight of the rear hub is the super quiet, fast-engaging all-new 45-tooth stainless steel RingDrive.
Chris King make their own ceramic bearings and build them to the same exacting standards as the classic, time-tested stainless steel ball model. Pairing the corrosion resistance of ceramic balls with our proven sealing system allows for greater flexibility with greasing options. Chris King build the ceramic bearing R45 hubs with a very small amount of silicone-based lube for a system with very low drag. Take advantage of King's user-serviceable bearings and change to a dry lube for the ultimate in race-day performance.
In response to demand for handbuilt, low-spoke count wheels, they offer the R45 in a wider array of drillings than their Classic hubs. The R45 is also designed to be compatible with radial lacing patterns.
- Ceramic Bearings
- QR Axle