I wanted a beater, so I decided on the Kilo OS.
Mike from Bikes Direct said the Kilo OS is just for fun. Whether that's marketing or not, it doesn't matter because that's how I look at the Kilo OS. Just for fun.
Some people like it; some people don't. I think how a person feels about this bike depends on what the person expects from it. I don't expect much, other than a strong frame on which I can casually and periodically update parts. Maybe not.
I already have a few bikes -- one of which is a custom-built frame. The Kilo OS then is a bike I can throw around, lock up on a light post and be OK with it.
The OS is a casual representation of the old-school bike, but I also know it's not accurate and therefore I just look at it as an old-school bike with a new-school twist. But really, it's just bin parts slapped together.
Not a big deal to me, as it's not my main bike.
Anyway, not many review on the Kilo OS, so I figured I give one here.
Typical BikesDirect packaging -- with care, good protection, and with extra parts included that I didn't expect.
For example, a plastic chain guard (that I just threw away), brake cable clips, and 3 sets of extra bar tapes of different colors. Sweet.
It took me about 20 minutes to put together -- stem and handlebar, seat, front wheel, brake cables (took off the rear brake), and pedals.
The seat binder was cheap, and stripped at the hex-head and the thread stripped like it were butter. Threw that out and replaced it with a better one at a LBS. This is one of the small bits with which Bikes Direct can keep the cost down.
The pedals are the other cheap bits. God awful. But I didn't expect any better, as pedals are usually a personal thing among this market. Threw them out and replaced them with MKS pedals and half-clips I had laying around.
I fully expected the leather saddle to be crappy, but I was surprised by the metal and the thickness of the leather, as well as the hardness. It's pretty solid, with brass (?) rivets. It ain't a Brooks (like my B17 and Swift), but I'll definitely keep this one on the OS.