08 January 2009

bikefix Exclusive Review: Chris King Kog

How pretty is this cog? Built here in the USA by one of the most progressive companies in the industry, Chris King's stainless steel King Kog is a fantastic value at $42. While I've criticized King in the past for his stubborn, apparently hypocritical (and unfounded) stance on integrated headsets, it's hard to argue with the quality of the components that the company does decide to build.

For $15 more than Surly's heavy Taiwanese-made cassette cog or any number of aluminum alternatives, one can have a lightweight (48g in my 19t size), long-wearing single speed cog. With a wide base and precisely-cut Shimano spline, the King Kog as proven kind to even aluminum cassette bodies. After two years' hard use, this Kog is holding up better than the aluminum chainring to which it is mated, despite having far fewer teeth bearing the same load. Sure, Boone's titanum cogs may be sexier and possibly last longer (if you can get one), but Chris King's Kog represents a very good value on a very well-made product. For anyone who rides a single speed enough to wear out drivetrain parts, it's hard to recommend anything less (or more).



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