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Headsets & BB's & Hubs Oh My! 1990-1999

1991 THREADLESS HEADSET PROTOTYPE

Jeff Lindsay of Mt. Goat Cycles asked CK to incorporate a split wedge bearing cap into a CK headset. The result was similar to John Rader’s design and ultimately patented by Dia-Compe, which CK helped develop. CK became one of Dia-Compe’s first licensees.

1992 GRIPNUT™ HEADSET

The GripNut™ is a threaded clamping system. Patent was awarded in 1994.

1992-1993 All headsets redesigned for consolidated stack heights.

The outcome is the modern stack 1-1/8”.

1992 OE TREK LITE SET OE


Trek Lite Set used split wedge.

1992 NOTHREADSET™ INTRODUCED

1992 SQUARE TAPERED BOTTOM BRACKET
Patent awarded in 1994.

1993-1994 DREADSET™

Also known as the Rasta headset, the Dreadset, popular in Mountain Bike culture, eventually raised thousands for Hans Ray’s Wheels 4 Life Foundation, providing low cost bikes to people in developing countries. 

1993-1994 FRONT CLASSIC HUB

 

1993-1994 SILENT ROLLER CLUTCH HUB PROTOTYPE


Before the Ring Drive™ design CK experimented with a clutch bearing drive design. The goal was always to build a rear hub that has instant engagement.

1994 DEVOLUTION™ HEADSET


The Devolution Headset allowed 1” forks to fit 11/8” frames and 11/8”forks to fit 11/4” frames.

1995 ALUMINUM RING DRIVE™ HUB


The first production version of the Ring Drive™ and drive rings were hard anodized aluminum; later switched to heat treated stainless steel. It had 90 teeth of continuous engagement.

1996 CLASSIC REAR HUB WITH STAINLESS STEEL RING DRIVE™


Featuring 72 teeth of continuous engagement.

1996-1997 HUB SERVICE TOOL


The Hub Service Tool was developed with the ethos that serviceability and maintenance are integral to parts that last. While the Hub was designed to be quickly serviced with a couple of Hex keys, the Hub Service Tool was produced to dismantle an entire hub so that parts could be replaced and internals serviced. 

1996-1997 TITANIUM HEADSET


Dared to make a titanium headset during the ti-frame & parts craze, the outcome is still produced to this day

1997 BMX HUBS

1997 DISC-GO-TECH (later Universal “Uni” Disc hubs)


When disc brakes were first introduced the industry couldn’t agree on a standard rotor bolt pattern or brake mount, so CK designed a removable disc brake rotor adapter for various rotor brands.
1997-1999 “BONTRAGER BY CHRIS KING” MOUNTAIN HUBS

An OEM agreement was struck between CK and Trek, which at that time owned the Bontrager brand.

1998 TRAIL DAZE



Chris held his first Chris King's Trail Daze 
event in an effort to get the community more involved in the upkeep and conservation of their local recreational resources. As federal operating budgets were cut back, the U.S. Forest Service had been looking for ways to get the community more involved. The combination of these efforts grew into a successful advocacy program. 

Before Chris King's Trail Daze, such volunteer projects lacked appeal and drew only small numbers of people. Trail Daze was a successful example of organization, leadership, food, and free stuff that took volunteer programs to a new level. It was responsible for improving many miles of trails throughout California's central coast and was used as a model for designing similar programs nation wide. 

Each Trail Daze event started off with a complete continental breakfast and a bagged lunch providing fuel for the hard day's work. Volunteers were grouped into work parties and instructed on proper trail maintenance standards and techniques before they set out with their tools and hard hats. On the trail, the Mountain Bike Rangers lead the work parties providing trained expertise on the day's project. As the sun set, the volunteers were drawn back in by the lure of a hearty BBQ dinner and generous prize raffle featuring prizes donated from around the cycling industry and by their local community. 

 

1999 STEEL SET


24mm Cup skirts for heavy duty use. 

The Move to Portland 2000 - 2009 >>

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