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KHS bikes? Any experience?(7 posts)

KHS bikes? Any experience?cydswipe
Mar 28, 2002 7:55 AM
O.K. I've been reading a lot of posts about new riders purchasing bikes. Lots of opinions and price ranges. What is the story with KHS? I see them on web sites like bikesdirect, they are mid-range priced with avg. components. I look on eBay and they are dirt cheap for the same bikes. I'm no expert on manufacturer history. Who are these folks? Why the big discrepancy on prices?
re: KHS bikes? Any experience?853
Mar 28, 2002 10:18 AM
I've had my KHS 800 for about a year and 3 months. I still love it! It does exactly what it was meant to do,nothing more nothing less. I ride alot and do about 30-40 miles daily, so I was looking for a steel ride on a budget - Reynold 853, full ultegra and dura-ace rear der. all for $1350 out the door. I've already up-graded most of the parts to my liking. (I can't leave things alone, atleast I left the drivetrain alone)It's down to about 18.5lbs, it is enough bike for me and am glad I went with it.
re: KHS bikes? Any experience?fathertime
Apr 9, 2002 5:08 PM
I'm interested in the KHS 800. Anyone have info on where I could ride one in the Dayton OH area. Thanks.
re: KHS bikes? Any experience?laffeaux
Mar 28, 2002 10:34 AM
I have a KHS mtb that I bought way back in '93. I don't ride it much anymore (my wife rides it occassionally), but it still works fine.

KHS is a decent manufacturer, they're frames are well made. They had a reputation (maybe stilll do) of not being an industry leader. They tended to not follow the latest trend, but provide bikes that worked as they were supposed to without including the latest hype. I think that's how they've managed to keep the costs down - if you don't spend a lot of money on innovation or re-tooling, you can deliver a solid product at a lower cost.

I'd have no problem buying another KHS frame.
re: KHS bikes? Any experience?PatM
Mar 28, 2002 11:35 AM
I have a KHS Aero Comp(about the same as the 800), bought it from GVHBikes about a year and half ago and could not be more pleased with it. Ultegra equiped, velocity rims no complaints. I've put about 6000 miles on it, 3 centuries. I have a carbon fiber fork on mine, which can be flexy for a larger person - but realy no issues.
I would not hesitate on buying another one.
re: KHS bikes? Any experience?Elefantino
Mar 28, 2002 2:09 PM
I got my first and only KHS in 1988. Tange tubing, Shimano 600 group. Rode it, raced it, for 11 years. Sold it for $200 more than I paid for it. It's currently squiring a successful-yet-frugal triathlete in Gainesville, Fla.

FWIW,
Mike
re: Kmart Huffy Specialcyclopathic
Mar 28, 2002 4:08 PM
actually KHS stand for "Kung Hsue She" meaning "a company helping schools".

KHS is Taiwanese company they've been around since mid 70s. They do not make "latest and grates" bikes though the bikes they make a of decent quality and reasonable price. (they also OEM for some Am companies). Their claim to fame is the first Taiwanese company to make bikes out of Reynolds tubing. Warranty is 25 years on steel frames, customer service is good.

I can't comment on their Al bikes their steel bikes are very plush and no more flexier then other welded Reynolds frames with middle of the road geometry.

If you're looking for entry level or a commuter/century bike I'd reccomend Flite 300 (~400$) also look at Motobecane Super Mirage (425$ delivered at bikesdirect.com).