Chris King: It’s an investment.

I am a fan of Chris King hubs because they look nice, but also because they will outlast set after set of rims and spokes, and countless re-lacings. Their durability is a true testament to why they are not just an expensive piece of jewelry to hang off your bike, but an investment that you can move to each new project.

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A good friend and teammate of mine (let’s just call him “Dirty Randy”) has had a set of red Chris King Classic road hubs in his possession since way before I first met him 8 years ago. Currently, he is prepping parts for a new bike build for next ‘cross season, starting with the wheels.

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Beat up, cut it out!

He asked me to cut out the hubs from a beat up set of Deep V’s, and to re-lace them to his gently-used set of Velocity Major Toms. While I am keen on reusing great hubs, used rims are a huge uncertainty, but he was insistent because the rims had a matte finish. I wasn’t going to argue against fashion, so I agreed to do my best to tension up the wheels.

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I have no clue what was laced to these Major Toms.
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“Like used!”

While I am keeping the full details of the build under wraps, it did call for some shiny bits worth discussing. I don’t normally build with alloy nipples because their durability is inferior to brass, but under special request, I made it happen. For this wheelset, 14mm tall, Sapim red alloy nipples were paired with Sapim Race 2.0-1.8-2.0mm butted spokes. To prevent corrosion and loosening of the nipples, I coated them in Wheelsmith spoke prep. Spoke prep allows for continued trueings of the wheels (not that they’ll need it!)  without any corrosion issues between the two dissimilar metals.

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Mmmm… Shiny!

 

The wheels came out so well, and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. Randy was lucky the rims were straight, and that they tensioned up perfectly. A little re-branding of the rims really helped out with the overall aesthetic, too.

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They are loud, as they should be.

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Keep your eyes peeled for pictures of the rest of the bike in coming months. Until then… #crossiscoming2k17

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