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  1. #1
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    KHS Alite 300 - thoughts? Alternatives?

    HI everyone. I'm on the search for an entry level bike for my wife. It'll been used on the road and hardpack trails. She is 5'4 and about 160. I've done a number of searches and looked for reviews and the KHS Alite 300 looks like a decent choice with a $379US retail and $429 in Canada. $500cdn is maximum.

    I want to get a well made bike with good components in my price range. I don't want to go higher as I doubt my wife needs anything more and if we get more serious about riding then I'll invest more.

    I would appreciate any feedback on the KHS. Thank you!

    I have also been looking at:
    Rocky Mtn Metro 5
    http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...me=Metro%205#2

    Trek 3700 and Giant Boulder SE (both under $400)
    2008 Trek 3700

    Price $369.99
    Frame Alpha White Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, bi-axial down tube, disc compatible dropouts
    Front Suspension SR Suntour M-2025, 63mm
    Wheels Alloy hubs; Matrix 550 rims
    Tires Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"
    Shifters Shimano EF50, 7 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano C051
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Crank SR Suntour XCC-T208 48/38/28
    Cassette Sunrace 13-34, 7 speed
    Pedals Nylon platform
    Saddle Bontrager Approved
    Seat Post Bontrager Approved
    Handlebars Bontrager Approved, 30mm rise
    Stem Bontrager Approved, 25 degree
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano EF50 levers



    2008 Giant Boulder SE

    Price $349.99
    Color Blue/Blue, Gray/Black
    Frame ALUXX SL butted aluminum
    Fork SR XCM, 100mm w/Pre Adjust
    Shifters Shimano EF50
    Front Derailleur Shimano C102
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Brakes Alloy Direct Pull Cantilever
    Brake Levers Shimano EF-50
    Cassette Shimano 13-34 Mega Range, 7-speed
    Chain KMC Z51
    Cranks SR Suntour XCT V2, 28/38/48T
    BB Cartridge
    Rims Alloy 36H
    Hubs Alloy 36H
    Spokes Stainless steel 14G
    Tires MTB Trail 26 x 1.95", Kenda K-Rad (Gray/Black)
    Handlebar Steel 50mm Rise
    Stem Alloy 15 rise
    Seatpost Alloy 30.9x350
    Saddle Unity Giant Grove Plus Giant DJ on men's Gray/Black
    Pedals Nylon
    extras chainguard




    KHS Alite 300
    http://www.khscanada.com/viewbike/541/
    Colour Red, Flat Gray
    Size 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
    Frame Alloy 7005 w/replaceable derailleur hanger
    Fork Spinner Grind 1ML,70mm, lock out ,Adj preload
    Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Shifters Shimano Alivio Pod
    Cassette Shimano CS-HG30 11-32, 8-speed
    Cranks SR CW8-XCTV2 T302PB 42/32/22 w/o CG
    Pedals Wellgo resin w/steel cage w/boron axle
    Handlebar Alloy 30mm rise/625mm
    Stem Alloy 4-bolt,15degree
    Headset Can Creek A-head 1-1/8, Zero Stack
    Brakes Tektro linear pull
    Levers Alloy linear pull 2.5F
    Saddle KHS Sport, Dual Density
    Seat Post Alloy micro-adjust
    Rims Weinmann alloy, machined double wall
    Hubs Formula alloy, cassette, QR
    Tires KHS 26x2.0
    Last edited by muddy672; 06-30-2008 at 01:45 PM.

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    Welcome to the forums.

    The KHS looks to be the best set-up with a 70mm fork so it wont be bouncing down the road. The RM would be sweet but it is more of a road bike with no suspension fork that might discourage her from even looking at the dirt.
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    Thanks for the quick reply. I know I'm not talking a lot of money but may as well get the best bike possible! Thanks again,

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    In reading through some other posts looks like the Kona Dew is another alternative. No susp like the RM Metro 5 but Canadian made is a plus for me and a long time dealer is a few minutes away. I will visit a few shops to check these out and have my wife ride them.

    How does the Kona's components compare to the KHS or the Metro 5? I don't see the front suspension getting any significant work so a hard frame would be suitable.

    Kona Dew $399cdn
    Frame sizes C45cm, C49cm, C52cm, C54cm, C56cm, C58cm, C60cm, C62cm
    Frame tubing Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted
    Fork Kona P2 700c
    Headset Ritchey LB-Plus
    Crankarms FSA Dyna Drive
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    B/B RPM BB-7420
    Pedals Xerama SP-941
    Chain KMC Z-72
    Freewheel Shimano HG40 (11-34, 8-spd)
    F/D Shimano Tourney
    R/D Shimano Altus
    Shifters Shimano EZ-Fire Integrated
    Handlebar Kona Riser
    Stem Kona Control
    Grips Kona Race Light
    Brakes Tektro M530
    Brake Levers Shimano EZ-Fire Integrated
    Front hub Formula
    Rear hub Formula
    Spokes Sandvik Stainless 15g front/14g rear
    Tires Continental CountryRide 700x37c
    Rims Rigida Cyber 10
    Saddle Kona Comfort
    Seatpost Kona Thumb
    Seat clamp Kona QR
    Color Blue

    Rocky Mtn Metro 5 $499cdn
    Frame RMB Custom 6061 Aluminum
    Frame Weight N/A
    Fork Chromoly steel w/ eyelets
    Front Travel n/a
    Rear Shock N/A
    Rear Travel N/A
    Head Set TH NO. B53 THREADED
    Stem Adj. Alloy
    Handlebar RMB Trekking Alloy 30mm rise
    Brakes V-type Promax TX-122
    Brake Levers Shimano ST-EF50
    Shifters Shimano ST-EF50 EZ Fire 8spd
    Gearing (FR) Shimano FC051 31.8mm
    Gearing (RR) Shimano Acera
    Cranks & Chainrings Suntour XCC-T208 48/38/28
    Cranks N/A
    Chainrings N/A
    Bottom Bracket Cartridge TH 7420
    Pedals VP 990S steel cage
    Hubs (FR) Formula FM-32
    Hubs (RR) Formula FM-21 w/ QR
    Cog-Set Shimano HG30-8 11/32
    Chain KMC Z72
    Spokes Stainless
    Rims Alex Dbl Wall 2100 700C
    Tires (RR/FR) Kenda 700X35C A.V.
    Seat Post RMB Alloy 27.2mm W/C
    Saddle WTB Speed V Men's
    Wheel set N/A

    KHS Alite 300 $429 cdn
    http://www.khscanada.com/viewbike/541/
    Colour Red, Flat Gray
    Size 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
    Frame Alloy 7005 w/replaceable derailleur hanger
    Fork Spinner Grind 1ML,70mm, lock out ,Adj preload
    Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Shifters Shimano Alivio Pod
    Cassette Shimano CS-HG30 11-32, 8-speed
    Cranks SR CW8-XCTV2 T302PB 42/32/22 w/o CG
    Pedals Wellgo resin w/steel cage w/boron axle
    Handlebar Alloy 30mm rise/625mm
    Stem Alloy 4-bolt,15degree
    Headset Can Creek A-head 1-1/8, Zero Stack
    Brakes Tektro linear pull
    Levers Alloy linear pull 2.5F
    Saddle KHS Sport, Dual Density
    Seat Post Alloy micro-adjust
    Rims Weinmann alloy, machined double wall
    Hubs Formula alloy, cassette, QR
    Tires KHS 26x2.0

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    I'm all down with the keep it home.

    If you want your wife to ride with you she should be on something that looks like what you ride also other wise when she is having a tough time it will be, well you have suspension on the front so it's easier for you, not a good way to be introduced to mountain biking. ductape would be a good person to track down she can give you a womans opinion versus me assuming, I'll try to track her down.


    This would be a sweet starter.

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    Hi Dogonfr & Muddy,

    Muddy, Great to hear that your wife is keen on having a go. But my question is just how keen she is and how likely do you think she will enjoy it? Is she doing it just to ride with you or do you think it's a sport she could enjoy even on her own as well? In my opinion if you think she's more likely to enjoy it than not I would spend closer to your max budget, after all you know how much nicer a bike is to ride with better components - particularly in regards to the suspension fork. Not to mention it shifts better, and requires less frequent adjustment. I personally wouldn't go rigid unless you don't think she will like spending any time on the dirt, but then again I've found even the entry level forks aren't really much better with the spring they come with (too firm for my weight) - so make sure they are suitable for her weight.

    I've had a look at your profile, since you're riding a Stumpy I gather that you know a bit about bikes and what's good value & good to ride. I can understand where you're coming from in starting with a cheapie, not too long ago I was considering a Wallmart bike vs a reasonable entry level hardtail (Giant Alias - I'm in Australia) for my Husband. I picked the Alias but of course he hasn't really got into riding at all, doesn't matter he still might and it doubles as a good bike for me!

    But regardless of anything else I think FIT and COMFORT are the two most important factors to consider. Buy one that fits her or the one she feels most comfortable on, then fine tune the saddle / stem / bars. If it fits and it's comfy she will enjoy riding her bike for quite some time, and will probably look at upgrading once her skills have grown a bit and you know she's into it. Even spending double the money won't be any good if the saddle makes her butt sore if she rides for longer than 30min or it the frame is too big so she has to reach too far & gets sore hands. So even though it's a risk, the more you spend now, the lighter the bike will be and the better it will run, hopefully this means she is more likely to get into it and enjoy.

    I think only the both of you will know which way you should go. Besides I started off on a Wallmart type bike, it took a fair bit of offrad punishment but then again I was probably a bike nut from the start

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    muddy672 hows the wife bike hunt coming??
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    Guess you decided not to let the wife ride a bike eyyy.
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