Portland, Oregon-based Chris King Precision Components is an independent company offering a range of headsets, hubs, bottom brackets, wheels, parts and tools. Leading mountain bike teams which use Chris King components include Santa Cruz Syndicate and Yeti Cycles / Fox Racing Shox.
The company takes pride in its sustainable manufacturing processes which include recovering almost 100 per cent of waste oil from the metal shavings turned off the bar as a component piece is formed on a machine – the oil is then filtered, clarified and sent back to the company’s machines to make more parts. Metal stock is sourced from high-quality US and Canadian mills, and all manufacturing and assembly is done in the United States.
Among the Chris King range are two special edition component series in support of two organisations whose work improves the lives of people around the world – the pink ‘Pretty and Strong’ series benefits breast cancer research, while a green, gold, red and black series raises money for Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity.
In 1978, Chris King also established a framebuilding department called Cielo and, after a break of 28 years, he returned to building frames in 2008. The company now offers a range of six handbuilt models, including a hardtail mountain bike with the visual appeal of a classic tig-welded steel frame blended with contemporary design features.