KCNC have released all kinds of component exotica (that’s 'exotica' – with an X) to pimp your ride, some of it affordable, some of it at pretty exotic prices.
We’re loving the look of the new Titanium DLC Full Ceramic Bearing Jockey Wheels – yes, the two diddy ones that guide the chain through your rear mech. They’re machined from 6/4 titanium alloy and the teeth profiles are designed to be low noise – yup, low noise. The DLC bit stands for Diamond-Like Carbon, the coating that goes on top. KCNC reckon it’s ultra hard, wear resistant and acts as a self lubricating coating – meaning that it lowers friction.
The sealed bearings are full ceramic – both races and balls – to maximize efficiency and longevity. They’re currently available in 10 and 11 tooth models at – you might want to sit down for this – £109.99 each. That’s per jockey wheel, not per pair. Yes, we thought the same as you. We probably won’t get any in for review because, much as we think they’d look pretty darn sexy on our road.cc bikes, we can’t imagine too many people shelling out £220 on a rear mech upgrade. They look cool though!
If your frame takes a press-fit bottom bracket (where the bearings are pushed into the frame, rather than screwing in and sitting externally), KCNC have new bottom brackets covering the BB86 and BB90 standards (we know, it’s getting confusing). They’re made from 7075 alloy with stainless steel bearings and O-rings to seal the crank axle and bearings. They come in red, black and gold anodized models at £29.99
KCNC’s semi-integrated Kudos and external Cadac 6061 alloy headsets are now available in anodized colours too – we love a bit of anodizing, us. They’re both designed for mountain biking really, but as long as your bike takes 1 1/8in bearings you can add a bit of colour to your life. The Cadac is £39.99 and the Kudos is £31.99.
While we're on headsets, the KCNC R3 (1 1/8in) is an external model with cups that are machined from stainless steel and titanium nitride-coated for low friction and high wear-resistance. The cups are gold but the top covers and caps come in a range of different colours. The R3 is lightweight (71g), the stack height is low (21mm), and it’ll cost you £109.99.
For more info and to get your hands on anything from the KCNC range, go to clee-cycles.co.uk or call 01746 712882.
£220 for a pair of jockey wheels! We can’t get over that.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.