Join Date: May 2005
Location: Montreal, Canada
Bikes: 2003 KHS F20-Westwood folding & enough parts to make several more bikes...
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Originally Posted by farrellcollie
It is a KHS F20A. The handlebar was changed for one that would allow for a more upright ride. It does have a kickstand. Actually, folding tightly is not a big priority so we aren't that worried about that part. so far the bike has done well on 8-9 mile rides. THe seat is a lot more comfortable than my 05 dahon speed 8 and has not needed the adjustments that my folder has needed. ALso no flat tires on the KHS so far. The shifting is not as smooth as on my dahon, but I have had to have mine adjusted a couple of times because of gear and chain slipping.
The KHS F20a is a 2005, hard-tail, 20" aluminum frame folder, correct?
I have to admit, I was a bit surprised when you commented the KHS wasn't as well built as the Dahon.
While I was VERY impressed with the Dahon Impulse I tried (2004 D6 alloy) and had the option of that, the Giant Halfway or a 2003 KHS... I opted for the KHS.
I heard KHS tried to get the cost down in 2004/2005 KHS models by omitting suspension but I figured they were all pretty high end folders...? Any idea what MFG sug.retail $ on the F20a and the Speed P8 are?
The folding mechanism on the aluminum Dahon I tried was "like butter, baby..." I'm sure they've patented that. (it was sort of a parallelogram... looked like a Transformer Robot when folding)
The KHS and others have that simple hinged double plate. (functional, not sexy like the Dahon
The Giant hinge was kind of unique too.
I think the seat on the 2003 f20 Westwood is the same as the 2005 - made by Velo specifically for KHS... it's plush. Never had a stock seat that comfy.
Thanks for the updates! Look forward to more.