After 2 trips to the P.O. (21 mi. total) and a utility ride hauling a combined weight of about 100 lbs (29 mi. rt) I'll give my two cents about my new tourer that seems to be off of every ones radar - (we couldn't find any reviews of it when we were doing our homework on tourers) She came with everything I was looking for at the price point we had:
The geometry on the KHS site is kind of odd, but the 21" that I got fits me just like a 57 would. It has been about 25 years since I've been on the hoods, and when I put my hands on this one, it felt like I had never left (my hand went to the down tube to shift, that's how comfortable I was on her!). The bar ends are very tight shifting and very smooth. I don't have any previous experience with Tektro brakes, and these seem to do just fine under a trailer load. The handling is tight and stiff like steel should be - she ran smooth over the dirt roads we regularly run and smoothed the bumpy asphalt on the highway shoulders just fine. The rear rack is very adjustable and although I haven't found a weight rating for it as yet, it seems to be extremely strong and stable (as soon as I load it with full panniers, I'll post those thoughts). The Maxxon multi setting tail light is a perfect beginner light for trips around the neighborhood after dark. The full set of plastic fenders that it came with was a definite plus. All in all, I am very happy with this bike so far and I look forward to putting many more utility miles and commuting miles on her. Honestly, the only negative I have is the fact that it only has 2 places for water bottles - I'll survive, a Camelbak has been on my "want list" for a while any way. Potential upgrades - just one; probably the saddle at some point, but I'm only guessing right now. Everything else, from the Kenda Kevlar reflective tires right up to the bar tape is all good!