April 15, 2013
2008 KHS XC 004
1) Solidly built
2) Decent components
3) Lots of travel
2) Rear shock lacking
3) Gearing not a fantastic range.
I bought this bike off of Craigslist for $325. I wanted a cheap mountain bike I could travel with and wouldn't cry when someone broke into my car and stole it while I was purchasing moon pies out of the vending machine at a rest stop.
It's shakedown ride occurred at Tsali's right and left overloop and the bike performed flawlessly. In spite of the low budget accessories and suspension, I witnessed no vague shifting and the brakes worked fantastically for any type, much less mechanical disc. The front shock is surprisingly plush and offers adjustment for both rebound and preload. The rear shock(MA Tough Shock 650) lacks any adjustment other than spring preload, however and I detected some pogoing on slow climbs. Nothing too bad, just enough to make you notice.
Gearing is such a preferential thing and I can't deduct any points for it, but if you're doing some serious climbing, a 30 tooth granny may turn your smile upside down.
The only real complaint I can lay on the bike is it's weight. Stock setup is 35lb 14oz. That's a lot of bike to pedal.
In closing, for the money, I think it's a fantastic bike to get you into the woods and is a fantastic bang for the buck. As an added bonus, it's husky nature will be sure to get your heart pumping up those hills!