I got a KHS XC604 frame from Bob's Bikes (AKA Betterbikes on ebay) for my wife who I finally convinced to try FS. The frames are going fairly cheap. $385 for a XC204 and $440 for a XC604. Both are 4.2" Horst Link (FSR) frames, the only difference is the shock. I read good things about the KHS frames so we gave the XC604 a shot.
The frame came with a complete headset, qr seat collar, Ario 2.1, and all of the sections of derailleur housing needed (that was a new one to me). I wish I had known about the housing, I could have just bought new cables and saved a few bucks on the housing.
Not the lightest XC frame out there. The frame is listed as 6 lbs, 14 oz with the shock, and indeed it felt something like 7 lbs with the headset, seat collar, and shock on it. However the construction looked pretty good. It is a pretty beefy frame, actually, especially around the head tube. A very good looking frame, IMO. The Ario is nothing to get exited about, but seems to do the job OK. I am going to keep my eyes out for a replacement shock, but I took it out for a short ride and I thought it was acceptable.
It built up great with all of the parts from her HT. All I needed to buy were new cables/housing and a set of bb7's to replace the v-brakes.
We went on a ride today after I finished it, and she was really stoked about it. I had been trying to convince her to let me get her a FS frame, and now she understands why.
So, if anyone is looking for a good budget frame, we are supper happy with this one.
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