Chris King Swift hubs: First Ride

Score

10/10

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Well made
  • Durability

Cons

  • Not much

Price as reviewed:

£420

  • Although commonly used on top-end road bikes, Chris King’s components hail from off-road R&D. King’s new Swift hubs are its first dedicated road product.

    Using lighter axles, a titanium version of its highly regarded ‘RingDrive’ rear hub engagement and slimmed down CNC machined hub shells, they weigh only 320g a pair.

    The bearings, with low-friction seals, are silky smooth, and if previous King products are anything to go by, they’ll stay that way mile after mile.

    Verdict

    Chris King has delivered a hard to beat package; lightweight, with a high quality engineered pedigree, top performance, plus outstanding durability, and the Swifts are cheaper than the standard King hubs, too. £115: Front hub £305: Rear hub