Is there a better value in a steel frame, carbon fork hybrid than KHS Urban Xtreme?
As my earlier posts indicate, I have been looking for a hybrid as a newbie who wants to get back on a bicycle for supplemental exercise (as I am 50, 6'0", 200 pounds, and am in decent shape from having done two to three circuit weight training workouts per week for over 30 years) by exploring in southern California on pavement and light bike trails and light bike baths with a setup that won't need to be altered for different venues.
My research seemed to point toward a steel frame, non-suspension fork for the most comfortable ride and most versatile setup. And I was leaning toward either the Coda Sport (MSRP of $600) or the Coda (MSRP of $475). I didn't want to look at anything much more expensive because I am trying to squeeze this out as a family Christmas gift.
But it has come to my attention that the KHS Urban Xtreme has a steel frame and carbon fork for a seemingly incomparable MSRP of $739. I know that the comparable Coda Comp with steel frame and carbon fork has an MSRP of $800.
Here are the specifications for the KHS Urban Xtreme:
Test ride them and then decide. Don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3 bikes. If you really want a carbon fork then get the KHS Urban Xtreme, but there's nothing wrong with a steel fork and it rides just as good. The Coda Sport has a 9-speed cassette, if you need or want an extra gear.