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White Industries Spyshots! New XTR 12sp Freehub.

We love watching our suppliers hustle to develop product to meet new standards. 

Image: Shimano XTR M9100 Groupset.

Ever since Shimano launched their new 12sp XTR M9100 groupset earlier in the year the question on all of our minds has been when Chris King, White Industries and others will have a compatible driveshell (or freehub as some might say). 

While Shimano's top of the range MTB groupset is an engineering masterpiece, lets face it, if you want the best wheels to go with it you build a set with a top quality pair of hubs like Chris King, White Ind, Phil Wood or Paul. It's one of the advantages of designing and manufacturing high quality parts right here in the USA that allows these companies to rapidly adapt to new standards (in many cases by simply developing a part that fits to their existing product).. AND at the same time provide backward's compatibility for old standards.

This week we were excited to see some spy shots on the White Industries Instagram of what looks to be a finished prototype XTR Microspline freehub. Official word from White is that they are indeed working on this and hope to have it ready to launch when new XTR goes on sale (rumored to be delayed beyond this October).

Stay tuned to AVT's Newsletter and social channels to be first to hear about this when it does go on general sale.

Image: Shimano XTR Microspline Freehub.

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AVT.Bike Will Not Pass On White Industries Price Increases!

Our friends at White Industries recently put out the following statement (below) regarding a pricing surcharge due to increased raw materials costs as a result of recently imposed tariffs. At AVT our entire business is built around brands that manufacture in the USA and we're proud to support this.

As a result we at AVT will not be passing on any price increases to you the end consumer... White Industries prices will stay the same for the foreseeable future. We love what White Industries are doing, and consider their products to be not only incredibly well designed and engineered, but also great value for money.

As an added bonus you can also get further discounts on certain White Industries products including CLD & XMR hub pairs, and G30 cranks as part of our CROSSISCOMING August Sale. Shop the entire sale here.

White Industries Statement:

"We wanted to give you guys an update on some changes you will be seeing for hopefully a short period.

TARIFF surcharge

In your recent orders you may have noticed there is a now a line item that says, "TARIFF SURCHARGE: USA COMMODITY INCREASE DUE TO RECENTLY IMPOSED TARIFFS."

The surcharge is due to severe increases in material and bearing costs. Despite using US made aluminum, steel, and titanium, we have still seen an increase of well over 28% in raw material cost alone. For this reason we have had to start attaching a 4% surcharge on all orders. Rather than increasing our prices, the tariff surcharge is listed making it easy for us to adjust or hopefully eliminate this surcharge when/if the tariff situation stabilizes. Thank you for understanding."


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NEW! Chris King Dropset 1 Integrated Headset

After making the very best pressed-in headsets for over 40 years, Chris King is releasing the DropSet™ 1, the first Chris King integrated headset. This project started from the ground up, beginning with testing to analyze the forces at play in an integrated vs a pressed-in headset design, and discovering the unique problems that needed to be addressed.

The most significant challenge to overcome is that integrated bearings are not pressed into a cup and sit loosely in the frame. When bearings are not pressed securely into a cup they shift and move, rapidly losing preload. As preload drops, the bearings are more susceptible to creaking, damage, and failure.

Enter, Chris King's patented GripLock™ bearing cap. The tried and tested GripLock™, is a patented design that preloads the headset independently of clamping onto the steerer. The GripLock™ design ensures that the Chris King DropSet™ 1 retains preload far better than the competition and is impervious to the ill effects of load spikes from large hits and heavy braking. This means smoother steering, no more creaking, and a longer lasting headset.

When tested under normal riding conditions, the DropSet™ 1 with GripLock™ retains significantly more preload than the competition! The benefit is even more dramatic when heavy braking and big hits are encountered. The griplock design also takes the guessing out of preloading a headset. Because the bearing preload force is independent of the clamping force, our headsets can be preloaded to a torque spec. No more guessing and under preloading the bearings.

Additionally the DropSet™ 1 is available in steel or ceramic bearings. This is the first time that Chris King have offered a ceramic bearing headset. With the increased abuse that an integrated headset must endure the aim is to provide every possible advantage. Ceramic is a self lubricating and non-galling material that will be even more durable in wet and corrosive conditions than stainless steel bearings. These durable properties will decrease service intervals and increase longevity in even the most abrasive riding conditions.

Chris King made this first DropSet™ 1 an IS41/28.6 Upper, IS52/40 Lower. With a plenitude of shifting and abandoned integrated bearing sizes in the market, it was not an easy decision. To decide which bearings we should make we turned to brands that have held to reliable specifications and used them across their lines making it easier for bike shops to support and consumers to find what they need. Santa Cruz, Yeti, and Alchemy are all brands that have held to component standards making it easy for consumers and shops. All three use the IS41/28.6 Upper, IS52/40 Lower with 45 degree bearing seat headsets on their bikes with integrated headsets making them a perfect match for the DropSet 1.

To top off the performance a durability benefits, the DropSet™ 1 is available in all of Chris King's beautifully anodized colors and finishes. With the launch of this headset we are excited to bring CK's renowned quality and reliability to integrated headsets.

Pricing: $125 Stainless Steel, $245 Ceramic

Available to Pre-Order now with shipping from August 15, 2018.

  • Patented GripLock™ design
  • 10-year built-to-last warranty (the same as every Chris King headset)
  • Legendary Chris King made-in-house bearings. 41.0mm 45/45, 52.0mm 45/45
  • S.H.I.S. IS41/28.6 Upper Bearing, IS52/40 Lower Bearing
  • Available in all 9 stock colors

DropSet 1 Fits:

Santa Cruz, Yeti, Alchemy, All City, Ibis.

Please contact us for more info on potential fitments.

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EuroBike News: Chris King Tease New Colors!

BIG NEWS! From Eurobike... Chris King teasing new colors for next year!

Now we have to say this is not official just yet, but if previous years are anything to go by expect Matte Mango and Matte Blue to be part of the CK line up next year. With pre-orders opening up around November.

No official launch dates just yet, so make sure you stay tuned to our website / social / newsletter to be first to hear.

Photo: BikeRumor

Photo: BikeRumor

Photo: BikeRumor

Photo: BikeRumor

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