KHS XCT 555 Mountain Bike Review

5.00 out of 5
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November 12, 2009
Pros: Suspension is outstanding, rides fantastic, looks great, built strong.

Cons: Monarch 2.1 is a little weak.

Recommendation: I bought this frame and did a build, using a RockShox SID Team fork, Shimano X7 shifting parts and a crank, and Bontrager equipment pimped from my Trek Fuel. This bike feels a lot better than my Fuel, handles better and climbs better. It's a bit on the heavy side, but by going easy on some components I was able to save some weight and keep it down. I highly recommend picking up the frame for about $450 and doing a build with a pre-existing bike you are planning on upgrading. It's the ultra-inexpensive way to acquire a low-cost high-end trailbike. I wish they'd stick a Fox shock on this bad boy; the Monarch is weak and bottoms out a lot. Plus, it lacks a gate adjustment and could use some more oomph.

October 14, 2009
Pros: The marzocchi and monarch shocks work brillianty,rides very smooth and can take drops brilliantly. Great frame, very versitale bike.

Cons: little bit on the heavy side.

Recommendation: for the average singletrack or xc rider it works well, it can even handle some dh. i got the 08 clearance for 1200. For a bike with components like these it was a great price.