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    First road bike is officially on its way--KHS Flite 747

    Well folks, I finally took the plunge. After much research, internal debate, advice seeking, hand-wringing, and haggling, I ordered my first road bike today--the KHS Flite 747 in 3xL. I'll have one of the first 3xL models released, so I'm looking forward to putting the bike through its paces. At 6'10" and 350lbs, those paces should give a good idea of what the bike can do. I'll post actual in-hand pictures when it gets here and would be willing to post periodic updates to establish a bit of an information hub on this particular bike if anyone's interested. The most frustrating thing about making this decision was not being able to find much feedback from actual owners.

    Any other 747 owners on here? Any advice for a relative novice moving from a riding a fat-tired 29er on the road to his first road bike?
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    First road bike is officially on its way--KHS Flite 747

    Congrats! Can't wait to see photos!
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    I don't own a 747, and frankly, I'm too small (long time since I've typed that!). I have a custom steel lugged road bike, built up as a dream ride for my 40th. I got it when I was almost 42. I'm 43 now, and it has more than 6,000 miles on it.

    I can tell you that any road bike will feel very different from a 29er. The last 29er I rode last weekend felt like pedaling a bouncy-castle; every pedal stroke included some vertical bounce. And it wasn't very quick to accelerate; more sedate. Finally, the steering was mountain-trail slow.

    I think you'll really like the KHS. Looking forward to the reviews; I have a good friend looking at one and I'm sure he'd be grateful for some real-life reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrien View Post
    I can tell you that any road bike will feel very different from a 29er. The last 29er I rode last weekend felt like pedaling a bouncy-castle; every pedal stroke included some vertical bounce. And it wasn't very quick to accelerate; more sedate. Finally, the steering was mountain-trail slow.
    You're right about bounce. The 29er bounces like crazy, which is a combination of a lot of things, fit, bike style, my conditioning, crank length, et cetera. I'm glad to hear from someone who's been through the same transition that it's possible for the bounce to go away.

    I'm really looking forward to the 200mm cranks. I hope I feel the power increase that I've heard so many others talk about. I'm also curious what I'll think of steel having been on aluminum since I started riding a year ago.

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    WEK: Congrats on the purchase... The switch will take a bit of learning, but I think you'll love it. I bought an XXL in 2012 and love riding it. Like any new bike, you're going to have to dial in the fit - hopefully, it now comes with a longer seatpost. You mentioned that it's hard to find any comments from owners... Try searching "khs flite 747" on this site, and you'll find a quite a few interesting threads.

    Enjoy the ride!

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    When does it come in?

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    Holy moly, it looks like a normal sized frame with BMX wheels.

    Congrats on the new bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WEK View Post
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    I'm really looking forward to the 200mm cranks. I hope I feel the power increase that I've heard so many others talk about. I'm also curious what I'll think of steel having been on aluminum since I started riding a year ago.
    Sorry if I'm bursting a bubble with this. But, as a recent convert to 200mm cranks, I can tell you that they definately "feel different". However, I've stated before, any performance difference between standard and proportional cranks will only be noticed if one is comparing themselves to a regular group of other riders or the clock on a given course. It's not as though one will suddenly be 20kg lighter or significantly stronger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    When does it come in?
    Just found out it's going to be at least mid-February. Not the greatest news in the world, but such is life when you're talking about a bike like this. At least I'm not waiting on it during summer months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
    Sorry if I'm bursting a bubble with this. But, as a recent convert to 200mm cranks, I can tell you that they definately "feel different". However, I've stated before, any performance difference between standard and proportional cranks will only be noticed if one is comparing themselves to a regular group of other riders or the clock on a given course. It's not as though one will suddenly be 20kg lighter or significantly stronger.
    No worries, you haven't burst a bubble. Fortunately, I generally ride the same course most days during good weather, and I track my times, distances, and average speeds, so I may be able to tell a difference. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kc0bbq View Post
    Holy moly, it looks like a normal sized frame with BMX wheels.

    Congrats on the new bike!
    Thanks! It's not necessarily a "looker" in the typical sense, I'll give you that. But it should fit properly, which will be a huge improvement.

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    I evolved to a road bike this way: from a mountain bike -> to a hybrid -> to a road bike.
    I want to share my experience with you.

    When I rode the road bike the first couple of times many different parts of my body screamed at me.
    They screamed, "This purchase was a huge mistake."
    It took a little while for my hips, lower back, neck and arms to adjust to the posture of road cycling.
    By my 5th ride, I had put in a little over 100 miles on the new bike in 2 weeks, my body was all adjusted and I loved road cycling.

    I hope you enjoy your new bike and the new adventures ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEK View Post
    Thanks! It's not necessarily a "looker" in the typical sense, I'll give you that. But it should fit properly, which will be a huge improvement.
    If anyone says anything mean about the bike just stare at them and scowl. At 6'10" they'll get the picture and start to cry.

    It's really not too bad looking. The emblem looks a bit tiny on the head tube, though. They need to fill the real estate a little more.

    Hopefully it serves you well. Hopefully you'll find some time to write up a review once you get used to the different riding position from the MTB. I'm curious how it feels.

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    Congrats! As noted above, it will feel (and be...) much faster and sleeker than your 29'er. You should search for BigFred's write up on his 200mm crank-equipped bike. Lots of good info there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    Congrats! As noted above, it will feel (and be...) much faster and sleeker than your 29'er. You should search for BigFred's write up on his 200mm crank-equipped bike. Lots of good info there.
    Which reminds me: I should post an update there. I continue to learn and things continue to evolve.
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    I had pondered one of these seriously but was nervous getting it sight unseen. That is the problem no around here stocked the 2xl and I thought I might need the 3xl.

    just curious at 6. 10. What is your inseam?

    My current bike is a 69 cm frame.

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    That big is great! Amazing they put 36h rims on to start, that will save $250-400 right off the bat. Looking forward to how it rides especially with the 200mm crank arms.

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    looks very nice! Won't do me any good, I ride a 54cm Podium 2! I'm only 5'8 though...

    Cro-mo is definitely nice! I have an old Speicalized Rockhopper that has been converted to SS for the canal path, it just soaks up vibration (knobbies at 55psi!) and is a joy to ride

    Definitely update when it arrives!
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