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Is KHS Crap?

Old 12-03-10, 12:02 PM
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Is KHS Crap?

I see a lot of KHS bikes on EBAY selling at an amazing savings compared to other used/new models. Why do they lose resale value so much? Are they crap? Looking at the flite 220 all cromo could have been had for $199 plus $50 shipping and no one jumped on it. I might have if I saw it. Funny thing is he relisted it for $50 more this time AFTER it didnt sell. The closest shop to me that carries KHS is about 45minutes away, and I have to call them to see if they even have them anymore. Thoughts and opinions?

https://cgi.ebay.com/KHS-Flite-220-/1...item19c11a604f
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Old 12-03-10, 12:25 PM
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Local shop here sells them... I dont think they are a bad bike. As long as the components are right......
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Nothing wrong with them. They just never made it as a mainstream brand.
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Old 12-03-10, 12:45 PM
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It's all the hype KHS doesn't have.
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Old 12-03-10, 01:03 PM
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Great bikes.
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Old 12-03-10, 01:27 PM
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KHS wasn't crap. But I don't know about their current line of bikes.
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Old 12-03-10, 03:29 PM
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I have only owned one. I will never own another.
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I've owned and raced a few of them, great bikes for the money.
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I have a KHS Mountain Bike - about 15 years old now. All Shimano Deore hardware and I was still riding it this year until I switched to road this season. In fact, it will probably come out as my winter bike at some point real soon! Great bike..think I paid about $450 for it back then.
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Old 12-03-10, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by dasgib View Post
I have only owned one. I will never own another.
You're keeping it until you pass away?

A bike that comes with lots of Dura Ace components isn't crap. KHS has some fine bikes; I owned a terrific mt. bike and my brother still has a mt. bike tandem from KHS that came with some nice components and, if not a super lightweight, is certainly durable.
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Old 12-03-10, 05:28 PM
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I have a KHS full suspension frame on my mountain bike. Definitely the most solid mountain bike I've had.

I actually considered a KHS road bike just prior to getting my Giant Defy, but there were no local dealers. The nearest one was JUST far enough away that I wasn't interested in making the haul, causing me to sway towards Giant/Trek/Specialized since they were in the area.
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Old 12-03-10, 06:00 PM
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Actually KHS makes good bikes.
They get great reviews in the mags I see.
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Originally Posted by dasgib View Post
I have only owned one. I will never own another.
Reasons why would make this post useful.
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Old 12-03-10, 07:01 PM
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I briefly owned a Flite 500. It was an OK, nothing special bike. I think the reason no one is jumping on the ebay bike is it's lower end bike. Steel fork, not carbon, Shimano 2200 brifters below SORA, lower quality steel frame.
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Old 12-03-10, 07:59 PM
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I have great memories of my '93 KHS Montana comp. Wish I still had it. Nothing ever went wrong with it.

That said, not sure of the quality today.
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I've seen KHS steel frames relatively cheap. I was thinking about getting one to recycle the pile of parts that came off my CAAD9 when I upgraded it, and to give steel frames a try.
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I had a 58cm 2008 KHS Flite 900 for a couple of years. I got it new for a pretty good discount off of MSRP ($1600). It weighed about 17 lbs and looked good doing it.



It was a nice reliable bike -- Ultegra shifters and derailleurs, FSA SL-K crankset (well, OK the bottom bracket was not reliable), Alpha-Q fork, and Cane Creek brakes. I rode it very little in the first year I had it, then put almost 2000 miles on it when I started group riding. I came to the inescapable conclusion that it was too small and twitchy for me. I replaced it with my 61cm Roubaix SL2 and sold it for only $400 less than I paid.
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Originally Posted by mrdelprete View Post
Funny thing is he relisted it for $50 more this time AFTER it didnt sell.
He trying the old increase the price to make it appear to be higher quality mind game. Not that the KHS is low quality, but people tend to associate high prices with high quality. Similarly, people tend to assume something is wrong with a product when it is priced low. It's pretty easy to find discussions on how online stores moved a unpopular product once they increased the price.
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Sorry to bring this back from the dead, but I know GVH in Hood River has a handful of KHS frames ready to build up. One that really attracted me is the Flite 800 (Reynolds 853). GVH has them for about $420. After talking to Tom there, he said he bought a bunch on closeout around 09', so he assumed they were about 08'. After digging and no luck with the model year or any past history, I actually called KHS headquarters and spoke to a receptionist who couldn't find any info. She dug through a 2008 catalog but said a Flite 800 didn't exist. So she connected me to their product specialist (didn't pick up so I left a message).

Within 2 hours he had called me back, and was with another employee digging through drawers of old catalogs and specs trying to find anything he could for me.

2003 was the last complete run bike of a Flite 800, but in 04' and 05' they sold it as a frame only (in the Burgundy color on GVH). He said it should be a FULL 853 (stays and tubes) and that it was one of the last steel frames they made.

It's a bit old, but unused and with a Reynolds 853, it's tough to turn it down. New Reynolds 631 framed bikes with carbon forks are at minimum $1300 with Tiagra mixes and generic brakes.

Just a little insight on a frame that doesn't have much info on it. The folks are KHS were great.
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