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    Thoughts on KHS bikes

    There is no KHS forum (or am I blind), so I was wondering if people could give me any info, reviews, etc on their bikes.

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    Sadly no KHS forum, but I have softtail Comp ST and love it. Decent components, good frame and good price. Check out the virtual tradeshow booth from Interbike.

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    thoughts conjure up a magazine ad campaign a couple years back that wasnt bad--their campaign in the brit mags was even better.

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    KHS is only the best bikes ever! Seriously. They are. What do you want to know about them? I ride all KHS's, and in my shop we sell nothing but KHS. What bike are you looking at?
    www.cycletofitness.com It's only a super-awesome website for a super-awesome store. Just click it. I dare you.

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    i've heard nothing but good things about KHS bikes and an old riding buddy of mine was very happy with his.
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    My SS hardtail is a 1999 KHS alite frame I love it.
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    their bikes are nothing special, taiwan catalog frames. however, their customer service is deplorable. some of the worst CS I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

    I eventually threw my FR2000 frame into the dumpster, because I was tired of getting nowhere with them. Of course I mangled the living daylights out of the frame before I discarded of it.

    things to watch out for as far as the frames go...crappy mounting hardware for suspension components, bearing wear out fast (6 months, c'mon) and ovalized headtubes (even on new, never ridden frames).

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    We bought a KHS XC504 frame for my wife and built it up with a combination of parts from her old FS frame and a bunch of new stuff.

    She has gotten a lot of use out of it and it has worked well. Our dealings with KHS customer service went very well.

    There is a pic of her bike just after we built it up in this thread:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...73708#poststop

    Quite a few parts have changed since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by red5
    their bikes are nothing special, taiwan catalog frames. however, their customer service is deplorable. some of the worst CS I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

    I eventually threw my FR2000 frame into the dumpster, because I was tired of getting nowhere with them. Of course I mangled the living daylights out of the frame before I discarded of it.

    things to watch out for as far as the frames go...crappy mounting hardware for suspension components, bearing wear out fast (6 months, c'mon) and ovalized headtubes (even on new, never ridden frames).
    Why so much hate with KHS? It's true that their customer service sucks! The guy who answers the phone at tech support isn't very helpful (would rather not elaborate); and their designs are not ground breaking, but the frame that I got ('04 KHS FR2000) has been holding up pretty well. Even with my heavy weight, aggressive riding, and rather tall fork, the head tube is still flawless. There are no creaks with the sealed bearings at all pivot points, and still no cracks ( even with occassional 6 foot to flat drops and fast rock garden runs with multiple hits )

    You can tell from the picture that I did invest considerably expensive and heavy duty parts on a rather inexpensive frame because the frame looks beefy enough.

    I love my frame!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beolin
    Sadly no KHS forum, but I have softtail Comp ST and love it. Decent components, good frame and good price. Check out the virtual tradeshow booth from Interbike.
    I just got a Solo One SS.

    My friend had a Comp ST. I rode it and liked it. Does KHS still offer the Comp ST or do they sell a Comp ST frameset? I see the police bike looks like the Comp ST!

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    Ive built up a standard xc204 frame that I bought off line for next to nothing, rides well and has been a great bike. My dad rides an 04 XC904 w/ the original Horst link in the back. Really rides better than my 204 w/ the pivot on the seatstay. Yet, he did crack his triangle in 05, sent back to KHS on Monday and by Friday he had a new frame, no questions ask. Plus, got a t-shirt, jersey, water bottle, and a few stickers.
    Ive heard bad things about the customer service, but I have had many inquires w/ them and I have always had good experience.
    Last year I had a bad bearing on my 204, they sent me all new replacment bearings plus hardware, no cost, no questions. So they are good in my book.

    Goodluck.

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    Fr2000

    I've had a 2003 FR2000 frame for a couple seasons now. I have it speced out with a 888, bombshell crusher wheels, e-13 guide, etc. I really like the feel of the bike, but I don't trust the frame. I've broken the chainstay and got a new one warrantied. I also broke an xc504 before I turned into a pure DHer. They warrantied that and I upgraded to the FR2000. They do stand behind their products, but their service isn't the greatest. For the price, KHS is worth it, but I would recommend buying a brand with better service. I went with an Evil DOC for my dirt jumper- GREAT bike. Just my thoughts, happy biking!

    PS. If you would like an FR2000, I'd like to sell my frame and upgrade. I got more pics if your interested.

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    xc904r and love it. Haven't had to deal with KHS for any issues, so I can't answer to that. Isn't that what LBS's are for?

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    Yeah the LBS is great for that and every other reason, but they can't change the fact that it took 5 months for my chainstay to get warrantied. Then again KHS was probably wondering how I destroy things so...

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    Anyone know the eye to eye shock length for the khs am 2000? If you could help me out that would be awesome. thanks

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    dont know about the newer models but KHS bikes are well know for making great riding bikes that costs almost half the price of the competition while being just as good.

    i had two KHS bikes, one alite team and one alite 4000, both high end frames, SUPERB handling, stiff, strong and CHEAP, thats the problem with KHS bikes, its too cheap and thats why people dont give the brand the credit its deserve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_c_s4
    Anyone know the eye to eye shock length for the khs am 2000? If you could help me out that would be awesome. thanks
    My '05 AM2000's shock measures 7.5" X 2"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevhogaz
    My '05 AM2000's shock measures 7.5" X 2"
    Thats what I was guessing. I just picked up an AM2000 on e-bay so i just wanted to make sure I got the right size shock for it. What shock are you running on yours? I found a pretty sweet deal on dhx 5.0 air, would that be good for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_c_s4
    Thats what I was guessing. I just picked up an AM2000 on e-bay so i just wanted to make sure I got the right size shock for it. What shock are you running on yours? I found a pretty sweet deal on dhx 5.0 air, would that be good for it?

    I was thinking about getting a DHX air, but after reading the reviews on it, I think I'll pass. Right now, I'm using the stock DHX3.0, and I'll have to wait, and see how it works, before I decide if I'm gonna get rid of it, or not. There's so many shock choices out there, it's almost painful trying to decide on a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcballer52
    I've had a 2003 FR2000 frame for a couple seasons now. I have it speced out with a 888, bombshell crusher wheels, e-13 guide, etc. I really like the feel of the bike, but I don't trust the frame. I've broken the chainstay and got a new one warrantied. I also broke an xc504 before I turned into a pure DHer. They warrantied that and I upgraded to the FR2000. They do stand behind their products, but their service isn't the greatest. For the price, KHS is worth it, but I would recommend buying a brand with better service. I went with an Evil DOC for my dirt jumper- GREAT bike. Just my thoughts, happy biking!

    PS. If you would like an FR2000, I'd like to sell my frame and upgrade. I got more pics if your interested.

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    I was about to do the same build. Spec the FR2000 with an 888 and Bombshell Crusher wheels. Reason i hesitated is because of weight & manueverability reasons, that is why I settled for a 66 / Deetraks combo.

    2 of my buddies both have the '03 FR2000. One had a '04 Boxxer Ride and the other had an '04 Jr.T. We normally ride together and we do catch attention because they thought we're from Team KHS.

    Did you still trail ride your bike? Can you still climb with it? How did you break the chainstay? It looks a monster on the downhills.

    Nice bike!!!
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    I've had nothing but positive to report with KHS. Great components on their builds and the pricing is beyond fair. Take a look at the 2007 XC line, damn Horst Links on all of them and prices that start at like $700

    http://www.khsbicycles.com/03_xc_series_07.htm
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    I bought an '07 XC team (904r) in November and the thing rocks. I suggest ditching the Nevegals, however, because they slip sideways without warning and the weak sidewalls give under any lateral load. The shock bolt rattles when unweighted and weighted in rapid succession, but the Horst Link design is amazing as are the Avid hydraulic discs. The pedal bob is slightly annoying but the pop-loc dual helps to mitigate the effects. A much overlooked bike builder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgto
    I was about to do the same build. Spec the FR2000 with an 888 and Bombshell Crusher wheels. Reason i hesitated is because of weight & manueverability reasons, that is why I settled for a 66 / Deetraks combo.

    2 of my buddies both have the '03 FR2000. One had a '04 Boxxer Ride and the other had an '04 Jr.T. We normally ride together and we do catch attention because they thought we're from Team KHS.

    Did you still trail ride your bike? Can you still climb with it? How did you break the chainstay? It looks a monster on the downhills.

    Nice bike!!!
    As far as climbing goes, I avoid at all costs. If I know I'm gonna climb for some odd reason, I ride my Evil. The KHS beast weighs 47lbs. The chainstay broke while I was just riding along. Seriously. But I know I landed a 5 foot drop a little rough earlier. I think it just snapped because of the fact that aluminum kinda sucks and stress fractures after a long while. It's gonna get replaced by a Dark Scarab (steel :-) ) frame once I find some cash under a rock or something. Oh and yeah, it's a monster on the DH. The 44T chainring makes for some interesting gear ratios. Not great acceleration, but very very high top end. I don't do normal trail riding much anymore, mostly just DH and freeriding. And to continue with my bad writing flow, your spec is actually what I was shooting for, but when the 66 closeouts sold out before I could buy, I got the 888, got carried away, and built a frankenstein of a bike. aaaand thats almost my life story, haha.

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    anybody own a KHS DJ 100 frame

    or any of their dirt jump bikes? the frames are going very cheap online and I thought about building one up to learn dj and to use in the skate park.
    here is on on jenson
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