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King hubs vs DA or Ultegra? (regarding Excel wheelsets...)(6 posts)

King hubs vs DA or Ultegra? (regarding Excel wheelsets...)ralbert
Jul 15, 2003 3:52 AM
Hi. I know this board is typically very pro-'handbuilt' wheels as opposed to 'boutique' wheels, so i have a question regarding two 'handbuilts'. Excel sports has 2 built wheels--one with open pro rims and DA hubs, and the other with King hubs and CXP33's--price difference is a few bills. is the King hub THAT much nicer? Really just curious, as i'm concerned about durability as well as weight.

I hate the sound that King hubs makefracisco
Jul 15, 2003 8:42 AM

Everyone around you will definitely know that you've got Chris King hubs on your bike everytime you freewheel.
I second thatpmf1
Jul 15, 2003 9:40 AM
I hate even being close to someone riding those things. They would drive me buggy.
I've got a rear King singlespeed disc hub on my MTB....SS_MB-7
Jul 15, 2003 9:58 AM
I've got a rear King singlespeed disc hub on my MTB and I absolutely love it! The instant engagement is incredible...especially on a singlespeed. Quality and durability is second-to-none, as is King's customer service. I certainly would buy a King for my road bike, but I've got Campy Record on my geared bike and I mainly ride my Bianchi Pista fixed-gear anyway. Personally, I like the BZZZZZZZ sound.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
King hubs are "Overkill" on road bikes.MR_GRUMPY
Jul 15, 2003 11:16 AM
Dura Ace and even Ultegra hubs are so well sealed that they will last a very long time before needing a rebuild.
Save money and go with Ultegra hubs with an Ultegra or 105 Cassette.
My vote is for the Kingspat1
Jul 15, 2003 3:18 PM
I had excel build a set of King Wheels almost two years ago, and they are bulletproof. If you can afford the $$, you won't regret it. Yes, Dura Ace is cheaper, but with the Kings you'll never need another hub. Sure they can be loud, but a tablespoon of ring drive grease keeps the noise down (covered in the owners manual). Besides, you should not be coasting!!

Rather than there pre-built wheels with king hubs in their catalog, I had king hubs laced 3x 14g to CXP33's. Black rims/hubs look great. I weigh about 230, and the wheels have required no attention in over 3,000 miles. I had the wheels in less than a week from ordering.