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Any longtime King hub users out there?(16 posts)

Any longtime King hub users out there?steve1244
Apr 22, 2002 9:28 AM
I'm thinking about building up some wheels w/King hubs and was wondering how irritating the ratcheting noise is over the long haul.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?Beaver
Apr 22, 2002 9:38 AM
I had some Kings on a mountain bike. The ratcheting noise is a bit much during the first couple of rides, but I tuned it out after a week or so. Plus, they only "ratchet" when coasting so I only got the noise when going downhill.

AFAIK, Hugis make the same noise.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?mpm32
Apr 22, 2002 10:31 AM
I rode a borrowed King hub rear wheel after I flatted in a crit. I thought it was going to be noisy but, it was supprisingly quiet.
Funny you should ask.Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 22, 2002 10:47 AM
I heard one for the first time last Saturday. It sounds terrbile. It's not a nice, mechanical sound like an unusually loud ratchet might be. It sounds like screeching tires or a big mosquito in your ear. I hated it.

BTW - I think older Hugi hubs, which are also unusually loud, sound pleasant.

re: Any longtime King hub users out there?Chen2
Apr 22, 2002 11:12 AM
I built a set of wheels with King hubs recently and I haven't got use to the sound, so far I'm dissappointed in them, but open minded.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?Ligon
Apr 22, 2002 12:17 PM
I have King hubs on my mountain bike and really like them. The buzzing noise is fairly noticable at first but now I do not even hear it. Even when I did notice it, I thought it sounded pretty cool!!!!

re: Any longtime King hub users out there?laffeaux
Apr 22, 2002 12:25 PM
Remember: Even if you get used to the noise, those around you may not.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?Crankist
Apr 22, 2002 12:39 PM
It's just as annoying as the near-instant engagement is helpful.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?CAAD5 Kid
Apr 22, 2002 1:32 PM
Hey, just an FYI you can get the hubs custom packed with an extra tablespoon full of grease and that will cut the ratchet noise out.....just gotta call em and ask or have your shop do it.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?steve1244
Apr 22, 2002 1:46 PM
Thanks for the info.

Does doing this affect the operation of the hub at all?
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?CAAD5 Kid
Apr 22, 2002 2:51 PM
No problem with the longterm durability i have seen. Even if there was the hubs have a great warranty on em anyway. Just remember to have the shop do it and use the right grease (has to be chris king grease or the ratchet won't engage) or order directly from chris king with the extra grease already packed in for you. Over time the noise may come back and that will be your clue to let the shop do a bit of service on em for ya. I have chris king hubs on my mt bike and have never had an issue with them..and have never seen any come back through my shop for any but routine service.
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?Chen2
Apr 23, 2002 6:12 AM
Thanks, I've asked my LBS to order the grease and I was planning to try something like this.
Question about Chris King HubQubeley
Apr 22, 2002 4:20 PM
Can someone tell me what's so special about the King hubs? Why people buy them even if they make noise? They sure are expensive.
Question about Chris King Hubatpjunkie
Apr 22, 2002 6:59 PM
King Hubs are well built and have a wonderful engagement mechanism. Like Sidi shoes they cost alot but provide years of high level use. They don't use a standard star ratchet mechanism so they produce a different sound (angry beehive or better yet or a whine similar to a saltwater fishing reel with a 300 lb + fish on). King knows bearings and seals (their headsets have been the standard for years) so the hub internals share this expertise. I don't own a set of hubs
(I do own the headsets), I use Hugi's and Woods but ride with guys who do and they all seem quite happy. They need very little service, seem quite bombproof and they seem easily servicable by a good mechanic.
The noise doesn't bother me when I ride with the King guys, they are usually pedaling. I think all this complaining about the sound is silly. I find it the equivalent of a bunch of Street motorcyclists riding Hondas, Suzukis, Yamahas and Kawasakis being bothered by the sound of a Ducati. Some things have audible trademarks so vive la difference. There are much bigger problems in this world than the sound of someones hubs fer chrissakes we are riding bikes after all.
Happy with my Chris Kingssodade
Apr 23, 2002 6:07 AM
I have about 250 miles on my CKs. The noise is very bad in the beggining, but it has gotten noticably quieter and smoother sounding. The manual says they take ~500 miles to "break-in" and that seems to be happening. I hated the noise at first, but now I like how they sound. Besides, the only time you hear it is when you are not peadaling. That means only on the downhills when you max out your gear. At that speed, the wind noise is louder than the hubs.

BTW - the instant engagement is extremely noticable! This is the #1 reason to buy these hubs. (#2 is the fact that they have web videos that show you how to service them!)
re: Any longtime King hub users out there?lta
Apr 24, 2002 11:49 AM
I have a set of CK hubs with 12,000 hard road miles on them. The freewheeling sound is different than standard pawls, but all hubs make some kind of noise freewheeling. I have found the hubs to be extremally durable. The wheels they are in (Mavic Open Pro CD, 3x DT DB spokes) are some of the fastest, most durable, free rolling wheels that I have built including specialty wheels from popular name manufacturers. The lock up from freewheeling is the best I have ever used.