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front hub? Chris King worth the extra bucks?(7 posts)

front hub? Chris King worth the extra bucks?ALr
Nov 26, 2003 2:27 PM
I am gonna build a front 32 spoke wheel this winter. Using DT DB spokes and alloy nipples and a Mavic CXP 33 rim. Is a CK front hub worth the extra $50 over what a Record or a Dura Ace hub would cost?
yes and nolaffeaux
Nov 26, 2003 2:53 PM
Will the King hub perform any better? No.
Will the King hub weigh a less? Yes.

Or get the DT Swiss 240 hub if you're looking for a super light quality hub.
I'd use the same kind of hub as you're using on the rearB2
Nov 26, 2003 3:02 PM
Personally I think a wheelset with "matching" rims and hubs would have better resale if you ever wanted to sell them in the future.

I've never owned CK's, but have lusted after them for years. Probably "not worth the extra money", but I'm sure the quality is good and they're quite pleasing to the eye. What the heck go for it... front AND rear! Why not "it's only money".

Bryan
You know what's funny....divve
Nov 26, 2003 4:28 PM
CK road hubs are $650 bucks for a pair in Europe. I'm pretty crazy when it comes to bike stuff but not that much:)
Yowza!Tiger Lilly
Nov 28, 2003 9:40 AM
If I make it to Europe next summer, maybe I should bring an extra pair! ;^P

My ex and I toured Germany on our tandem a few years ago. Our tandem was a second-hand pastey turquoise Cannondale with a mish-mash of assorted parts. We were with a couple on a beautiful new blue metalflake Sanatana with all the latest hardware, and another couple on a gorgeous dark purple-to-lilac-fade custom Lippy. Strange to us, it was our homely old C'dale which attracted most of the attention from the locals. Then we stopped in a bike shop that sold Cannondales. Turns out that new, our mutt sold anywhere from $8000-$10,000 over there.

Kathy ;^)
Nice anecdote...divve
Nov 28, 2003 11:46 AM
...agreed Cannondale is out of control in Europe. Even dealers are known to complain about them. Prices of the top of the line models are right up there with Fondriest, Colnago, DeRosa, Pinarello, you name it. Many lust after them as much too:)

Luckily in Europe it's pretty standard for a decent LBS to cut you a 10% discount and they trade-in your old frame or bike for a decent price without a problem.

David
I do not think sohudsonite
Nov 26, 2003 6:35 PM
Campy Record/Chorus/ Shimano DA will outlast your rims for sure and probably your desire to ride the wheel. Any one of the three are serious products that will last a long time.

The CK hub will cost you about twice the price of DA/Chorus/Record. What you will gain/save is about 25g. It will cost you about $2. per gram of weight saving.

The CK hubs are a quality product. You would not be disappointed. As someone else said, you should probably match the new front hub to the rear hub.

The only 'real' advantage I see with the CK hubs is that you can get them in color. If you want a black hub, with black spokes, they are as good an option as anything else.