“The joy of cycling is intrinsically tied to the health of our environment.” -Chris King
We work hard to protect and support the environment so that you have an environment to work hard in.
Cutting Oil: The mills and lathes on our factory floor cut and shape metal at high speeds with incredible consistency. Our machines utilize domestically grown soy cutting oil to manage heat during the cutting process allowing them to maintain high levels of production uniformity. While commonly used, water-soluble cutting fluids allow machines to run slightly faster, they also require harsh chemical compounds and biocides that result in unnecessary hazardous waste. By using soy oil we have almost entirely eliminated production waste in our manufacturing process, created a cleaner work place for our employees, and extended the working life of our “well oiled machines.”
Chip Recycling: Each Chris King component starts out as a solid piece of bar stock that is milled, trimmed, and shaved into it’s final component form. This process creates waste metal shavings and chunks that we call chips. These chips are highly valuable and are dutifully collected and processed.
We collect the chips in modified oil barrels that help us to reclaim the soy-cutting oil in custom cisterns for reuse. The chips are then processed in our pelletizing machine utilizing 400 tons of hydraulic force to create dense pucks while squeezing out any remaining cutting oil thay had not already drained out. The pucks are a highly valuable to recyclers due to their purity and the minimal amount of burn off material i.e. oil. Additionally, their density allows for more efficient transportation and storage.
Domestic Sourcing: To further reduce our environmental impact from transporting goods, we source every production component domestically.
Anodizing: All our aluminum parts are anodized to add luster and protect the components from the elements. While this is commonly a rather toxic process we go to extreme lengths to hand polish and clean every single part before anodizing. While extremely labor intensive it allows us to skip the most toxic part of anodizing, the acid bath to clean the parts.
In every step of our production we look to minimize our footprint on the environment, protecting the wild places we yearn to explore, and knowing that our hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets that get us there aren’t contributing to taking these wonders away.The joy of cycling is intrinsically tied to the health of our environment.