Chris King Not Jumping On Board With XX1 Compatibility This Year

So far there are a few options out there for rear hubs that are compatible with SRAM’s new XX1 cassette implementing the new XD-drive freehub (American Classic, Hope, DT Swiss, Industry Nine, Stan’s NoTubes, and Kore). Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Chris King will be offering a compatible hub in the near future. This leaves Industry Nine as the only American made hub manufacturer that is compatible with XX1.

Industry Nine XD-freehub for SRAM XX1
Industry Nine XD-drive freehub for SRAM XX1

We have been fielding a number of questions from our consumers regarding the compatibility of Chris King hubs with SRAM XX1?

We commend SRAM’s attempt at addressing the needs of the cross country and all-mountain categories. Mountain biking will always be an integral part of our company culture and we carefully consider any new technology being proposed to help advance the sport.

Due to our rigorous development and testing process we will not be able to offer our consumers a Chris King XX1 solution in 2013.

Our concern is in ensuring that an XX1 compatible Chris King product will meet the extreme demands of today’s mountain bike riders. XX1’s current freehub body configuration poses a particularly interesting challenge and one that will need to be solved to our standards before we release a Chris King compatible version. We will continue to research XX1 compatible Chris King rear ISO disc hubs until we are confident that we have found an engineering solution that satisfies the high standards of precision, performance, and durability that are characteristic of every Chris King component.

Please stay tuned for further updates. – Chris King

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