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Interbike 2012 tech: New and surprising offerings from Chris King

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Yes, it's back! Chris King will produce this slightly updated purple hue in limited quantities.

Yes, it's back! Chris King will produce this slightly updated purple hue in limited quantities. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Don't you worry about your new Chris King press-fit bottom bracket going unnoticed. In addition to the usual laser etching, Chris King will also offer the new bottom brackets in the usual assortment of ten anodized colors.

Don't you worry about your new Chris King press-fit bottom bracket going unnoticed. In addition to the usual laser etching, Chris King will also offer the new bottom brackets in the usual assortment of ten anodized colors. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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New from Chris King are press-fit bottom brackets for 24mm and 30mm spindles, plus a step-down model for 24mm-spindled cranksets in PF30 shells.

New from Chris King are press-fit bottom brackets for 24mm and 30mm spindles, plus a step-down model for 24mm-spindled cranksets in PF30 shells. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Chris King is wasting little time with this new six-bolt R45 disc-compatible road hubset. Also new are longer SRAM/Shimano freehub bodies for use with new 11-speed drivetrains.

Chris King is wasting little time with this new six-bolt R45 disc-compatible road hubset. Also new are longer SRAM/Shimano freehub bodies for use with new 11-speed drivetrains. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Chris King builds the new ISO R45 disc-compatible road hubs with larger-diameter flanges to handle braking torque. The company says two- or three-cross lacing is required.

Chris King builds the new ISO R45 disc-compatible road hubs with larger-diameter flanges to handle braking torque. The company says two- or three-cross lacing is required. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The new Chris King InSet 8 headset is designed for 1 1/8-to-1 1/4" tapered steerers and 44mm-diameter head tubes.

The new Chris King InSet 8 headset is designed for 1 1/8-to-1 1/4" tapered steerers and 44mm-diameter head tubes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

Chris King was once known for its stalwart resistance to new (and sometimes unproven) standards but that all seems to be in the past these days. Shown off at this year's Interbike OutDoor Demo was a veritable fleet of new bottom brackets, headsets, and hubs in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors.

Perhaps most surprising was not just one but three press-fit bottom brackets for both 24mm and 30mm spindles plus a step-down 30-to-24mm model as well. All of the new bottom brackets feature Chris King's made-in-house stainless steel bearings (or optional hybrid ceramics), proven seal design, and handy grease injection feature.

Chris King is also catering to the increasingly popular 1 1/8-to-1 1/4" tapered steerer tube size for framebuilders and bike companies seeking to provide a slightly more comfortable ride than the more typical 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" size. The InSet 8 hidden-cup headset is designed to press into 44mm-diameter head tubes and will also work with straight 1 1/8" with the company's Devo baseplate.

Even the hub collection has grown substantially in the past year, most notably with the introduction of disc-compatible R45 ISO road hubs, featuring six-bolt rotor compatibility, 28- or 32-hole drillings, and your choice of freehub bodies (Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM 9/10/11-speed). Rear hub spacing is the now-standard 135mm and Chris King will offer the new hubs with either the company's own stainless steel or hybrid ceramic bearings.

Finally, there's a new 157x12mm ISO rear disc hub for newer downhill bikes, new 16- (front only), 18-, and 20-hole drillings for standard R45 road hubs, and yes, Chris King is bringing back anodized purple as a limited-edition color.

Of course, all the new bottom brackets and hubs will come in Chris King's usual assortment of ten anodized colors. Bottom brackets and hubs will come with a five-year warranty and the new headsets will carry the usual ten-year coverage. All of the new products will be available sometime around the first quarter of 2013.