Among the features of Chris King's road-specific R45 hubs was the promise of Campagnolo compatibility afforded by the slightly smaller 17mm-diameter axle – and that day has finally arrived. Chris King will offer complete hubs and separate freehub bodies to fit the Italian cassette standard beginning January 2012.
Also new for the R45 range is a ceramic bearing option to go along with the ceramic bottom bracket announced last month.
Other features for the R45 are unchanged for 2012, including the 102/221g claimed front/rear weights (ceramic bearing equipped versions are 3-5g lighter), lower-friction 45-tooth RingDrive internal mechanism and bearing seals, 20/24/28/32-hole drilling options, generous five-year warranty, and your choice of ten anodized colors. Just as before, R45 hubs will also continue to be manufactured in Chris King's Portland, Oregon facility.
This article first appeared on BikeRadar