The seventh annual Chris King Open House event took place in Portland, Oregon, this past weekend and we were on site to see the goods.
This was the first IRL gathering since the Covid pandemic started, and some builders went all out in showcasing their crafts — all of which were made specifically for this show featuring the latest color release by Chris King, simply called "Midnight."
From unique builds to adventure-ready racks and gorgeous paint jobs and matching car wraps, 15 of America's top fabricators and one from Spain were present to show off their custom creations.
In addition to the bike builders, other exhibitors included Simworks, Cervelo, Santa Cruz Bicycles, SRAM, Robert Axle Project/Old Man MTN, Super-Pacific and Biciclista Clothing.
Nearing their 50th anniversary, Chris King Precision Components is a domestic performance bicycle component manufacturer based in Portland, OR. They're well-respected around the globe for their high quality, bombproof and blingy headsets, hubs and bottom brackets.
Each year, Chris King uses the bike builder showcase to release components in a new, limited-run color. This year's color, a dark blueish grey is simply called "Matte Midnight" and was defined by the component maker as "a study in subtle sophistication." As part of the color release, Dynaplug makes a limited edition Racer Pro tool in that year's limited color, available exclusively through King.