KCNC launch new component exotica

Guess how much the jockey wheels cost. Go on, have a guess

by Mat Brett   November 8, 2010  

KCNC jockey wheels

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.

 

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Are you quite sure we can't get any in? My Kona Dew Drop is feeling a little sluggish and I'm sure a pair of these would make all the difference. Big Grin

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posted by Rob Simmonds [251 posts]
8th November 2010 - 18:41

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self lubricating eh?! so in theory if they made chainrings and chain outa the same stuff you may never need to re-lubricate ever again..?
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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
8th November 2010 - 19:18

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Why would anyone assume that spending £220 on some new jockey wheels would be an "upgrade" ? All that one would be doing would be buying again something one already has.

In the field of marketing, there exists something that goes by the acronym FUD; Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. It could just as well stand for Fear, Upgrade, and Doubt.

If your jockey wheels are worn out I'd say that cheap plastic ones are the best option. Thinking

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posted by michophull [97 posts]
8th November 2010 - 19:24

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The whole self-lubing drivetrain option sounds pretty good to me… never really been my strong suit. Problem being that if the jockey wheels cost £220 how much would the whole thing cost? Crikey.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4135 posts]
8th November 2010 - 21:28

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eye, but imagine the savings on not buying another can of GT85 you'd make eh! whole lifetimes worth i expect.. Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
8th November 2010 - 21:32

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As a pensioner on less than 140 quid a week I am glad I am a fixed wheel nut.

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posted by antonio [947 posts]
8th November 2010 - 21:35

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Ah but I already save on GT85 and other assorted lubes… by forgetting to use them

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4135 posts]
8th November 2010 - 21:44

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antonio wrote:
As a pensioner on less than 140 quid a week I am glad I am a fixed wheel nut.

thats my quote of the week that is.. Rolling On The Floor

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
8th November 2010 - 21:57

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michophull wrote:
Why would anyone assume that spending £220 on some new jockey wheels would be an "upgrade" ? All that one would be doing would be buying again something one already has.

In the field of marketing, there exists something that goes by the acronym FUD; Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. It could just as well stand for Fear, Upgrade, and Doubt.

If your jockey wheels are worn out I'd say that cheap plastic ones are the best option. Thinking

It's not an assumption. Nor anything to do with price.

It's an upgrade because ceramic bearings have lower friction and rolling resistance than steel bearings - a tiny, tiny performance gain, all other things being equal.

As we said, we won't be getting any because, as we pointed out quite a lot, they're hugely expensive.

posted by Mat Brett [1856 posts]
9th November 2010 - 0:54

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