Convert KHS Solo 1 to a Commuter?-
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  1. #1
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    Cool-blue Rhythm Convert KHS Solo 1 to a Commuter?

    I have been doing my reading and looking around for a good deal for a commuter. Seems as if I can snag this for around $250. Or grab a good ol' Mongoose for $350

    I don't want to spend more than $500. I really am looking to get to something like this. Anyone care to make up my mind for me?


  2. #2
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    You'll probably like the smooth ride of the steel KHS frame and fork over the aluminum frame and fork on the Mongoose.

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    Do some research on he KHS solo one almost bought one early year frames had a lot of issues with dropout tensioning system.

    Jenosn had he SE 29er on slae today for a great price.
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    Used Solo as a town/cross/beater?

    After a search I stumbled on this thread. It's a good question. I've got a 29er HT that I do my trail riding on but I'm stuck using my road bike for around town. Problem is the bling factor of the roadbike is high due to it's nice spec, anyway, a simple steel 29 commuter would be ideal for beer runs and times whene I can't actually watch my bike.

    So the Solo looks like a good choice at $250 used on CL. Should I do it? I can put cross tires on too right, use for fire roads? What about fenders? Will they fit? Anyone try an extracycle with one? Other option is a SS frame, as I've got a set of wheels I could use, would want traditional break mounts, and to gehtoize it to look low key. Any suggestions?

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    Apr 2007
    You'll have ample room for fenders if you're putting on cross tires.

    What I'd suggest is this---why even look at a 29er for in-town use? Just get a <$100 26" on CL and put some slicks on it. I bought a 93? Specialized Rockhopper last year and put some 26x2.1 slicks on it (I've also got 26x1.25 for faster errand runs). Cost me $40 for the bike and $20 for tires. Got a little lock for it, but if it gets stolen, who cares? Good thing about these old Spec frames is the horizontal drops that can be converted to SS easily.

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    I have a KHS Solo One (the Alu version) that I use for commuting...

    Pros - Can be converted to gears if need be
    Reliability (I have the newer version with the updated rear dropouts)
    Ability to accept fenders and racks

    Cons - Harsher ride than steel
    No rack/fender mount at the rear dropout (???)
    Might need some sort of extender for the front fender
    Crap parts, esp. brakes

    I got the bike complete from the Australian distributor for a great price and have ditched nearly all the parts for decent parts from a previous build. The mech disc brakes are diabolical (IMHO) and after upgrading to SLX hydraulics I feel a lot safer, esp. in the wet...
    My LBS | Riding this and this

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