KHS Solo-One SE 29er Hardtail

3.2/5 (10 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikeb a Cross Country Rider from san francisco

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2011

Strengths:    this thing climbs like a frog jumps out of a dynamite pond. the steel frame is well, a steel frame. very nice on buff singletrack. the fact that the stock rhyno lite rims are eyeletted did not escape me, either. nice looking paint and low key graphics round out an attractive package.

Weaknesses:    chain tensioning system is not so great, stock vee brakes and levers feel cheap. the stock headset requires regular attention. stock kenda tires don't seem to have a lot of grip on the edges when pushed hard through loose dirt or sand.

Bottom Line:   
i swore that i'd never jump on the twenty niner bandwagon until this thing was given to me on my forty ninth birthday. i am amazed at how even a fully rigid niner just rolls right over stuff that i would think twice about aboard my front suspended ibis alibi hardtail. the KHS solo one climbs better than either my hardtail or the cross bike...but once you point this rig downhill it's hold on for dear life and put your mouthpiece in...but that's the beauty of riding rigid--it's more of a skill thing.

i would happily recommend this bike to somebody who is looking to try a 29er but not willing to bet the ranch on a nice one with all the bells and whistles.

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Favorite Trail:   creek trail, boggs mountain demo forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   birthday gift

Similar Products Used:   some sort of salsa 29'er

Bike Setup:   straight stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Arturo a Weekend Warrior from Palo Alto

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2011

Strengths:    Geometry is spot on excepting a little toe overlap... the nature of the 29er beast. Fast uphill and on the flat. Good beginner 29er. Turns phenomenally, railing turns which made my 26er friends nearly go over the high-side. Light.

Weaknesses:    An atrocity to ride downhill or over rocks... horribly un-compliant. Transfers every pebble into an unbearable jolt through your joints. Choose the line of least resistance.

Bottom Line:   
Im hoping that a suspension fork will remedy the stiffness issues and allow me to truly ride. Bike handles well for what it is, an entry level 29er. Brilliant value, but its jarring ride lets it down.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   Surly Karate Monkey (Far superior as well as more expensive.) Tallboy (Simply brilliant. Not mine... not even a comparison really.)

Bike Setup:   Stock with kenda tires and tektro brakes. Hoping an upgrade to a suspended fork and some disc brakes.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by grantheppes a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Just got the 09 and they put a new bar near the rear drop out on the Disc Brake Side. I guess thats to help with preventing the dropout to become the shape of a bean. So hopefully they fixed that weak spot! So far so good. The Chain tensioning system still seems kinda weak.

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Favorite Trail:   Goose Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   KHS Warranty


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by grantheppes a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, Virginia, USA

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2008

Strengths:    Color is pretty cool.

Weaknesses:    Chain tensioning system is weak.
I used it for about a month and the horizontal droupout bent.
KHS is sending me an 09. From the look of the 09 solo one, it seems like their new tensioning system is much stronger.


Bottom Line:   
Upset with the bike, but KHS is making it up to me through giving me a new frame. 09 seems like it has a much better tensioning system which is needed. (pics aren't out yet.) If your looking to get this frame, get the 09 or wait till that is available

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Favorite Trail:   Goose Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   LBS I work at

Similar Products Used:   Redline D440 29er

Bike Setup:   Rock shox Reba SL
Juicy Threes
Shimano Hones
Laserdisk Trail Wheels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nate Bean a Weekend Warrior from Centerville, Ohio

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2008

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Rear drop out design with rear disc brake mount is garbage.

Bottom Line:   
The bike lasted exactly 4.20 miles or 30 minutes of riding until the rear drop out resembled a bean.

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Favorite Trail:   Caesar's Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Warranty for Solo On

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steven boltzsmann a Weekend Warrior from adelaide

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2008

Strengths:    cheap, simple and smooth

Weaknesses:    rear dropouts, see below

Bottom Line:   
i bought and reviewed this bike a few months ago and raved about it. i still love it but needs serious mods around the back wheel to give me confidence on it now. the connection between dropout to which the wheel is attached and rear stays is getting very sloppy to the point where i cant tighten it anymore and the rear wheel feels only loosely attached to the frame. the local bs are at a loss as well. i cant fix the wheel straight in the frame and as soon as i hit the brakes things move even more. no doubt i made it worse by putting discs on this bike but its made for it. its still great value but unless you want to play mr fixit beware.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   no other 29ers

Bike Setup:   stock with juicy 5's instead of stock v's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chuck from Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007

Strengths:    Tons of fun stock with a lot of versatility for the future. Depending on what you want to do, this bike can be built into a fully geared 29er hardtail(cable braze-ons are already on the frame) or keep it a single speed and add some drop bars,cane creek drop v levers and cross tires for a single speed crosser. I've added a 22 tooth cog on the flip-flop hub to have some more climbing power. All I have to do is flip the wheel for either a 20 tooth or 22 tooth depending on the terrain. Despite the great value of picking this bike up on sale, it fits great. It was a pleasure to ride right off the showroom. I highly recommend it.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
"Big Grin" that's what you'll have on your face when you ride a Solo One for the first time. My first experience with a single speed and a 29er and I couldn't be happier.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Alpha Bicycles

Bike Setup:   Winwood carbon fiber suspension fork with upgraded stiffer spring. 20&22tooth cogs on flip/flop hub.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg Gebhardt a Cross Country Rider from College Park, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2007

Strengths:    **Note: This review is for the KHS SOLO ONE 29er, not the SE.**

Great value, seemingly bombproof frame, perfect fit.


Weaknesses:    Weight, components.

Bottom Line:   
First is the fit; I'm 6'4" and most 26" frames fit small for me. I got the XL Solo One and out of the box it was a perfect fit. The bike is a helluva lot of fun on a serious budget. If you're interested in trying out 29 SS rigid, this is a good start. I recommend changing out the HS and also making sure to check the hubs before and after the first few rides. My hubs came loose out of the box.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   College Park Bicycles


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steven boltzmann a Weekend Warrior from adelaide, australia

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2007

Strengths:    rolls beautifully

Weaknesses:    stock brakes and heavy bars

Bottom Line:   
this bike is perfect for rolling trails, x-country or urban riding and on my daily commute i havnt touched my much more expensive bikes in ages. i dont think its as good for technical or steep stuff, getting the front wheel off the ground is tough, bunny hoppin this thing is a challenge and getting enough leverage for steep climbs without momentum it painful with the big wheels. that being said these traits are probably more single speed and 29er related than specific to this bike.
there is no doubt that riding this bike on tough trails will make you a much better rider in terms of strength and skill as its so challenging. if i cant make a certain section then its down to me, not my choice of gears, suspension settings etc. the simplicity is less forgiving but fantastic.
most of the time, if im riding this bike then its so cruisy i dont want to get off!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   no other 29ers

Bike Setup:   stock except for juicy 5 brakes in plae of the stock v's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DD a Cross Country Rider from Canton, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2007

Strengths:    Double-butted steel frame, decent wheelset (Rhinolites), tires (Kenda Karmas), handlebar and stem. Hubs and frame/fork ready for disk brakes.

Weaknesses:    V-brakes, seat, pedals, crankset.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first experience on a 29er let alone a single speed, and the first time I'm riding a steel bike since the mid-90's. The steel frame and fork are very forgiving, and the 29" wheels make obstacles and sand a breeze. The tires surprised me in how well they hooked up in the loose stuff. 33:20 gearing is a bit low, as I max out at about 14 mph. I'll be switching to 33:18 or 33:17 which should suit the flatter trails better. I haven't noticed much in the way of rolling resistence, but definitely noticed the increased angular momentum when climbing. If you keep your speed up, you just fly over the tops of hills! The 29" wheel size truely fits me better than the 26" size (I'm 6' with a long torso). This bike was intended to supplement my higher-end full suspension (Ibex Asta Pro), but now it's going to be difficult to pick between the two!

I will be upgrading to Truvativ FireX cranks and BB7 brakes. The v-brakes just don't slow down the big wheels quite fast enough for my taste although you get rewarded for keeping as much momentum as possible.

5 Chilis for the end-of-the-year sale I jumped on, and for the performance of the bike. I got a lot more than I expected.

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Favorite Trail:   Poto

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   www.trails-edge.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock except Shimano M520 clipless pedals and a better seat.

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