Chris King will launch a new set of road-specific hubs this December that are lighter, quieter and have less drag than the current Classic model that some find to be too loud and have too much friction to be proper racer-appropriate bits.
The new driver mechanism is based on Chris King’s current RingDrive but with a smaller overall diameter, titanium ratchet rings with 45 teeth instead of the standard steel ratchet’s 72 teeth, and softer springs. The result is nearly silent freewheeling with none of the ‘angry bee’ buzz that usually characterises Chris King hubs.
The road-specific RingDrive mechanism also significantly reduces friction with further improvements coming from slightly less aggressive sealing and by eliminating the roller bearing in the freehub body.
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