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Chris King Components for Santa Cruz Bikes

By Stan Portus –  24 March 2021

Chris King’s headsets, hubs and bottoms brackets are the most dependable and best performing components on the market and are the perfect upgrade for Santa Cruz bikes. Read our guide to find out which Chris King component fits with your bike.

Chris King components need little introduction. Since being founded in 1976, Chris King has become one of the most lauded names in cycling thanks to the durability, quality, and performance of its products.

Based in Portland, Oregon Chris King’s headsets, bottom brackets and hubs are the ultimate upgrade for any discerning cyclist.

At the heart of all Chris King components is its bearings. King’s sealed bearings are made in-house and thanks to their quality and serviceability they will likely be the last bearings you ever need to buy. This is part of Chris King’s mission to deliver the best possible componentry but also to act in a sustainable manner, as building components that last ultimately means fewer parts ending up in landfills.

With all this in mind, we have put together a guide to which Chris King components fit Santa Cruz bikes so you can reap the benefits and elevate your ride to new heights.  

Headsets

All Santa Cruz bikes since 2018 are compatible with a Chris King DropSet 3 Headset. The only exception is the V10 which uses an InSet 5 Headset that must be paired with a Chris King Devolution baseplate or, in other words, a crown race. 

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Chris King Dropset 3 Integrated Headset

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Bottom Brackets

Santa Cruz uses the threaded BSA bottom bracket standard, which is a tried and tested standard that is reliable and avoids the foibles of other standards. All good things in Chris King’s book. This also makes it a straightforward choice of the ThreadFit 24 for 24mm and GXP cranks or the ThreadFit 30 for 30mm and DUB spindle cranks. 

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Hubs and Wheels

When it comes to wheels, there’s never really a better, more reliable and more dependable option than Chris King hubs. Pair these up with ENVE rims and you’ve got a match made in ride heaven.

Built here at Saddleback by our team of master wheel builders, our Chris King and ENVE wheels are a cut above the rest.

The hubs use Chris King’s signature bearings in either steal or ceramic, which wear in rather than out getting faster with age. Chris King’s patented RingDrive is the most reliable on the market and lends King hubs their unmistakable buzz. So confident is Chris King in its hubs that they come with lifetime guarantee.

ENVE have similar confidence in their rims too. Handmade at ENVE’s HQ in Utah, the rims come with ENVE’s Lifetime Incident Protection scheme. This means that if your ENVE rims break, ENVE will replace the damaged rim free of charge.  

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ENVE M630 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs

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ENVE-ENVE M640 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs-Black-27.5" - Chris King ISO Boost - 15x110/12x148 Shimano-EN1327CK1002111015-saddleback-elite-performance-cycling

ENVE M640 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs

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ENVE M735 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs

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ENVE M635 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs

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ENVE-ENVE M730 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs-Black-29" - Chris King ISO Boost - 15x110/12x148 Shimano-EN1327CK1002106009-saddleback-elite-performance-cycling

ENVE M730 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs

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ENVE-ENVE M930 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs-Black-29" - Chris King ISO - 20x100/12x157 Shimano-EN1327CK1002116005-saddleback-elite-performance-cycling

ENVE M930 MTB Wheelset – Chris King Hubs

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