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Item # CKG0014

Stiff, light, strong, and gorgeous.

The Chris King R45 Rear Road Hub features an all-new 45-point engagement Ring Drive designed specifically for road riding. While still having nearly double the points of engagement as other high-end hubs, reducing the points in the R45 from 72 means the hub will still have the distinctive Chris King sound but won't be nearly as loud as you would expect.

  • Full-length, 17-millimeter axles provide stiffness and strength, and resist deflection forces
  • Ultra-low 215-gram weight puts these hubs in a league of their own
  • A variety of drilling options, and radial lacing compatibility, allow you to build up any kind of wheel you want

  • Full-length, 17mm-thick axles
  • Less ‘angry bees’ than King MTB hubs

Tech Specs

[hub shell and driveshell] aluminum, [bearings] stainless steel
Hub Type:
Shimano or SRAM 11 Speed Compatible
Spoke Count:
24, 28, 32
Claimed Weight:
215 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

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1 5

Make sure to know what you're buying!

I purchased this hub 2 years ago not knowing what I got into until last week. This item definitely said that it's compatible for 11-speed but it's NOT!!!
I was trying to fit my new 11-speed Shimano DA cassette but it doesn't fit!
Like Marc R. said in the comments, I did pay an arm and a leg for the 11-speed conversion kit from Chris King since I had no choice.
At this point, I'm very disappointed in the fake "advertisement" and all I got from Competitive Cyclist is "Sorry, can't do nothing about it" deal.
The hub is very nice and all... but purchased from the wrong website...
If you also check the Chris King official website, it does not state that this hub is 11-speed compatible!! Also checked several different sellers as well.
Be careful with what you buy and fake descriptions!!!

Responded on

Two years ago was the 11 speed version came out, so there was a period of old/new stock. I would have to think it is all 11 speed for new stock. I am considering pickingup one soon as part of a rebuild.

I'd like to see an update from CC to confirm the current state of affairs.

Avg. ride time: 5h 16m per week
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5 5

Only one problem

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second R-45 hub and it simply works, and works, and works. I like the fact that its not as "angry bee-ish" as traditional hubs and its weight helps build up some race worthy wheels. I have had to adjust the bearings once, which seems in line with most CK parts as the bearings break in a little. After the initial seating, I have not had to touch the bearings.The only issue I have it that the hubs last so long you won't ever get a chance to try anything else out because these hubs will still be rolling along years later.

Unanswered Question

Chris king r45 in Campagnolol ?

Chris king r45 in Campagnolol ?

Are these 11 speed compatible?

Are these 11 speed compatible?

Best Answer Responded on

just chatted with CC. No, these ones are 10 speed only. Chris king has a conversion kit they will charge you an arm and a leg for, so that would not be worth it for most folks...

Steel or Ceramic bearings?

Steel or Ceramic bearings?

Best Answer Responded on

The front R45 is listed as stainless steel. Would bet this is too.

It doesn't really specify on Chris King's website either. Would assume ceramic is an upgrade though.