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Portland-based Chris King ceases production of Cielo frames

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 16th, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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An employee puts finishing touches on a Cielo frame at the factory in 2013.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you were waiting to order a Cielo, it’s too late.

Portland-based Chris King Precision Components (CKPC) announced yesterday that they’ve ceased production of all Cielo frames, forks and stems effective immediately.

In a statement, the company said, “After reevaluating marketing and sales goals for the coming years, Cielo unfortunately did not fit into our plans. We are quite proud of the product that the brand has produced over the years, but will be focusing our attention and resources on our core product families (headsets, bottom brackets, and hubs).”

Cielo was started by Chris King in Santa Barbara California 1978. By the mid 1980s King’s headsets had become so popular that he stopped making bikes to keep up with the demands of his fast-growing company. As his headset (and later hubset and bottom bracket) business grew he added staff and moved his business from Santa Barbara to Redding (CA) and then ultimately to Portland in 2003. Once settled into a large manufacturing facility in the northwest industrial district and with a healthy business (the company now employs over 130 people), King rekindled the Cielo brand in 2008.
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Industry Ticker: Cielo (by Chris King) brings in notable builders to help meet demand

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 17th, 2015 at 3:18 pm


Well-respected bicycle makers Jeremy Sycip (left) and Curtis Inglis (right) are lending at hand to help meet demand at Portland-based Cielo.
(Photo: Chris King Precision Components)

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The making of a Cielo; a bike that’s purely Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 1st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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King Cycle Group employee Danny Hayford secures a dropout inside a CNC machine; one of several processes the parts go through before they end up on a Cielo frame.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s sort of strange that Portland’s largest bicycle manufacturer isn’t known for making bicycles. But that’s the case with Chris King Precision Components, a company with 120+ employees that operates a 70,000 square foot factory in Portland’s northwest industrial district. [Read more…]

Kris Bedsaul named new Chris King/Cielo Bicycles GM

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 1st, 2013 at 11:48 am

Big staffing move from Portland largest bicycle company:

Chris King Precision Components is pleased to announce that effective October 7th, 2013 Kris “Kirby” Bedsaul will be starting as General Manager for Chris King Precision Components and Cielo Bicycles.

Kirby has a long relationship with Chris King Precision Components having managed sales in the early 2000s and more recently acting as a regional sales rep. on the east coast. In 2003 family commitments took him across the country to Asheville, NC were he built and co-owned 5 finance business’ while continuing his work in bicycle advocacy. Kirby was a founding member of the Asheville cyclocross series.
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Cielo goes for adventure with new ‘Overlander’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 20th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Cielo’s new Overlander.

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Made in Portland: Cielo announces collaboration with Tanner Goods

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 12th, 2013 at 3:29 pm


Cielo has partnered with Tanner.
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(Photos: King Cycle Group)

Following our reporting last month, Cielo has now officially announced a new line of bikes that will come with accessories made by Tanner Goods. Both companies are based in Portland and make their products just a few miles from each other.

Cielo, the bike brand created by Chris King and made in the Chris King Precision Components factory in Portland’s northwest industrial area, will offer a Cielo Tanner Goods Edition package on two of their frames: the Sportif Classic and the Cross Classic.

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Argonaut, Cielo toasted at River City Bicycles

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 25th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

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Fine bicycles and fine wine at River City
Bicycles last night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night River City Bicycles hosted a launch event for a new bike brand and toasted the ongoing success of an old one. Attendees were treated to fine wine, cheese, and nice nibbles from the in-house kitchen at Chris King Precision Components.

The focus of the event was for River City to announce they are the first bike dealer anywhere to represent Argonaut, a new custom carbon fiber bike brand developed by local builder Ben Farver. River City is also a dealer for Cielo, another fine local bicycle company that sprung from the hands of Mr. Chris King himself.
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Tonight’s event pick: A First Date with Argonaut and Cielo Cycles

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 24th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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‘Cielo Salon Brunch Ride’ stokes Portland’s appetite for food and bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Chris King, owner of King Cycle Group,
at his Gourmet Century last year.
(Photo: King Cycle Group)

Similar to the “coffee bike arms race” and the well-known links between beer and bikes here in Portland, now there’s a growing bike connection to our vaunted food scene as well. And Chris King, the man behind Chris King Precision Components and Cielo Cycles, is the hub that connects many of its spokes.

Back in February, we showcased the Ned Ludd Market Bike, a collaboration between local bike builder Ira Ryan (Ira Ryan Cycles) and chef/restauranteur Jeremy French. The bike and its trailer are a fitting and functional complement to what French refers to as his “American craft kitchen.” And Ryan refers to French as the, “foodie equivalent of handmade bike builders.”

The Ned Ludd Market Bike got a lot of attention and it made French a natural fit for a starring role in Portland’s overlap of fine food and bikes — an overlap that also comes naturally for Chris King. [Read more…]

Meet Shinya Tanaka; America’s handmade bike ambassador to Japan

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 5th, 2012 at 1:25 am

Shinya Tanaka is helping stoke Japanese enthusiasm for American-made bikes.

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