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Paging The Walrus - how'd your KHS CX100 turn out?(6 posts)

Paging The Walrus - how'd your KHS CX100 turn out?GlowBoy
Jun 12, 2002 12:39 PM
I was looking through the archives, and saw that earlier this year you said you were building up a KHS cyclocross bike. How did it work out? I'm intrigued by the softtail design, and am interested both in how it rides, whether it matches the claimed wait, and how much tire clearance there is.

- Dan
re: Paging The Walrus - how'd your KHS CX100 turn out?The Walrus
Jun 13, 2002 7:37 PM
The effect of the shock is pretty subtle. It blunts most impacts, but doesn't absorb them. Stuff like small stones or roots will be soaked up, but obviously it won't handle baby heads or dropoffs. Oddly, it didn't do too well with stutter bumps either, but that might have been a question of getting broken-in. The frame is laterally rigid; during cornering it never exhibited any sway or funky handling. I guess the bottom line is that the effect is cumulative--the bike's response to any given impact might not seem impressive, but over the course of a 2- or 3-hour ride, you'll appreciate the difference.

Ahhh, I think you were referring to the "weight", right? I never had it on a scale, but it isn't a pig--it feels just a little heavier than my Wazoo. I'm guessing it's about 23 pounds.

As for clearance, I'm running 35c Ritchey Speedmax tires and there's about 3/8" between the sidewalls and the chainstays on each side, and maybe 3/4" between the tread and the shock mount on the seatstays. Probably not really good for mud, but I can't remember the last time I saw mud around here.
re: Interesting...jrm
Jun 14, 2002 2:17 PM
i went there site and had a look at the frame and the geometry. So what size frame did you use, and whats the part mix? Also what about that 71 degree headtube ..isnt that a tad slack?
A caveat...The Walrus
Jun 15, 2002 4:02 PM
I got a medium frame, which I set up mainly as a trail bike: Ultegra STI, LX f/XT r, 46/36 on an LX crankset, 11-32, Ultegra hubs/CXP33 rims and Avid Shorty 10's.

Be cautious about their geometry chart; after building up the bike, it seemed smaller than described. Turned out the top tube was more than an inch shorter than they claimed, and the seat tube was much longer. I found I could live with it, and considering that I'm using it on singletrack, the shortness is more of a plus than a minus. The slackness does make the handling a little slower than, say, a Jake, but it hasn't been an handicap.

The bike shop ordered the frame in the Team colors (pearl white with 2-tone red, and black and silver accents). Some times I love it, sometimes it's kind of embarrassing (makes me think of a two-wheeled popsicle...)
thanks for the infoGlowBoy
Jun 18, 2002 12:22 PM
Sounds like a decent bike, and the tire clearance is a little better than I have with my Volpe now. I appreciate the warning on the geometry, too.

Did you notice any improvement in how the bike climbs on rough terrain (as one sees in switching from a hardtail mountain bike to full suspension), or just in the ride department?

- Dan
You're welcome...The Walrus
Jun 18, 2002 3:12 PM
I haven't noticed any difference in climbing one way or the other. There really isn't enough travel to have that kind of effect.