Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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KHS bikes are good stuff. They just don't have the hype of many other brands. I know a couple of guys that ride KHS roadies and do very well. One of which upgraded to a fiull carbon fiber bike, but won't part with is aluminum KHS.
THe bike you're looking at looks pretty good for the price. Reynolds 520 is good material. A bud has a 1985 roadie made of R520. He sprints like the wind. Powerful rider with no problems.
At your weight, usually the wheels are a problem. But the stock wheels don't look too bad. Seem to be 32 spoke and Weineman (sp?) rims. Rims are good and strong. Had some on a a KHS tandem with no problems.
We had a KHS tandem ($700) but later upgraded to a Burley Duet ($2100). The KHS after a rear wheel upgrade (axle problems) didn't give up much at all to the new bike.
I'd say you'll be more than fine with the new bike. BUt if for some reason, you need to replace ther rear wheel a year down the line, don't let them talk you into a liteweight super duper speed demon 24 spoke wheel. They look cool but won't do well with your weight. Stay with the high spoke count rims.
A lil tip for you: If you get a 3 month free tune-up, make sure that they "re-tension" the rear wheel. The shop may just "re-true" the wheel. But make sure the "re-tension" as new wheels lose tension during the breakin period as the spokes seat in position. If the spokes don't carry proper tension, the tend to have some movement which cause broken spokes. You don't want this at your weight.
Also check out the "Clydesdale" forum.