To coincide with the upcoming MADE show in their backyard of Portland, Or, Chris King is introducing a limited-edition “Splash” anodization, a rich bronze base color with vivid turquoise splashed over it. This entire run will consist of a highly-limited 50 complete kits: headset, bottom bracket, and King wheels, with available configurations for all-road, gravel, and mountain bikes.
King Design Manager Jay SyCip said, “The inaugural MADE show is here in Portland, so we just had to do something special, something we hadn’t done before, and that was the motivation for Splash. It will be both a component finish and a soft goods collection. There will be a LOT of King components and wheels on bikes all around the show. For us, it’s like a homecoming.”
King was among the first bicycle component makers to introduce color anodization to their product line in 1988, with colors coming in and out of the collection each season. Earlier this year, they brought back 3D Violet, which first appeared in ‘88.
SyCip continued, “We’ve seen what others have done with splatter and drip anodize effects in the past, not just on bike parts, but in other industries as well, and wanted to create a more refined version incorporating some favorite colors from our palette. Our Matte Bourbon color was incredibly popular and a favorite of many here at King, and we loved the way that warm bronzy color worked with many paint and component choices, especially on handmade bikes, and how well it complemented vibrant color accents. We wanted to take the subtle sophistication of a bronze base color and add a ‘Splash’ of something bright and complementary to take it to the next level: our Matte Turquoise.”
The world will get its first in-person look at Splash on show bikes produced for MADE, a showcase for handmade and custom bikes. The King booth will proudly display Splash-themed bikes from Mosaic, Argonaut, and Tomii.
The limited-edition Splash components will be available as a complete build kit for Road, Gravel, and Mountain bikes through King dealers and the Chris King website on a first come, first served basis. Each Splash kit will contain a headset, bottom bracket, and King FusionFiber® Wheelset, built to order.