KHS AM 1000 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.22/5 (9 Reviews)


Product Description

-Alloy 4-bar linkage frame with sealed bearing pivots and a Fox Vanilla rear shock, adjustable travel to 4, 5 or 6"
-Marzocchi Dropoff 130mml
-FSA Pig headset
-27-speed drivetrain with Sram shifters and derailleurs
-WTB Weirwolf 26x2.3" tires
-TruVativ 5D cranks and TruVativ ISIS splined bottom bracket
-Hayes 8" cable disc brakes
-Truvativ riser bar, stem and seatpost


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Drftn280zxt a Downhiller from las vegas, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2009

Strengths:    Strong frame, great components, good suspension geometry. Very good for being flexible between XC and DH

Weaknesses:    Rear Air Shock does not handle DH abuse very well. Schrader valve started leaking just a few months after riding. Replaced with a coil over shock. Marzochhi AM4 fork is too stiff no matter what the air pressure combination you use. Not a good fork for rough terrain.

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent bike for a first time full-suspension rider. For a tame all mountain rig this is a bargain for all the high quality components. I modified my bike pretty quickly soon after purchasing. The AVID JUICY 3's with 6" rotors did not have sufficient power capabilities for my riding. This bike is a little on the heavy side for a XC rig. If you plan on occasionally riding downhill trails you can't go wrong with this bike. The six inches of specialized FSR travel is nice and plush and will comfortable soak up small drops and jumps. Ride with your rebound on the fork on the slow side and you will receive a fairly plush ride. This bike does everything its supposed to be able to do, and does it well. For costing about half of what a Santa Cruz Nomad does, you are getting a great bike you just don't get top shelf componentry and really plush suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Bike Setup:   AM1000. SRAM X7 drivetrain. AVID Juicy 7's with 203mm rotors. PUSH tuned coil over shock. Truvativ short stem. Specialized CR-MO MAG pedals. AZONIC OUTLAW wheels with maxxis minion tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by judokid a Weekend Warrior from richmond, british columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    z

Weaknesses:    z

Bottom Line:   
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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $123.00

Purchased At:   that store

Similar Products Used:   z

Bike Setup:   zzz

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich a Weekend Warrior from Oviedo, FL

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    Tough as nails frame. Wheelset holds up to loads of abuse.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy for trail riding. The suspension takes a while to get right.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for hard pounding trail riding. The local trail is full of cypress roots and drops and this takes the punishment. I ride a hardtail sometimes and I keep going back to the KHS for the plush ride. I have yet to test it on some serious downhill, but am confident it would do great. An excellent bike for those looking to get into 6" of travel.

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Favorite Trail:   Snowhill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Adrenalinebikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Bike Setup:   Stck with platform pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2007

Strengths:    3 shock setings 4,5,6
looks cool
came with a headset pressed in
price


Weaknesses:    heavy but for 300.00 thats not much to complain about
and the paint chips


Bottom Line:   
great frame it will take what I through at it and keep going
It was only 300.00 for it
get one

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   bobs, ebay store

Similar Products Used:   this is my first FS frame

Bike Setup:   hydro disc, yeti riser bars, rock shocks tora, wtb speed disc, sram drive train

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matias a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Chile

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007

Strengths:    Solid welds, 3 different travel settings, price.

Weaknesses:    Kinda heavy, paint job (design).

Bottom Line:   
Do it all frame. When set to travel 5", behaves almost as a hardtail. Set it to 6" travel, and it'll take anything you throw at it. Entry level FS bike that can handle different riding styles. Can be used as an aggressive XC rig,a hardcore AM bike, or as a light freeriding machine. Great as a first FS bike. I'd recommend this bike to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere in Chile

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1260.00

Purchased At:   Bikepoint

Similar Products Used:   First FS bike, had a Giant Rainier.

Bike Setup:   '05 Vanilla RLC fork, Cane Creek S8 headset, Truvativ Hussefelt stem & riserbar, Avid BB7's, XT crankset, Sram x7 rear derailleur.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kghag from Corvallis OR USA

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2007

Strengths:    -price ($400 @ adrenalinebikes.com!!!)
-ride quality
-adjustable travel
-stealthy flat grey and black paint
-shock (see review of Pearl 3.1)
-suspension design


Weaknesses:    -finish
-not made on this continent


Bottom Line:   
I have 6 rides on it now, on all different terrain everything from steep mountain climbs followed by technical descents to riverside side rollers. It rides as good as frames costing 3 times as much. The adjustable travel is convenient, it’s almost like you have 3 bikes in one. The Pearl 3.1 is a good feeling, highly adjustable shock. The finish is thin in places giving it a slightly blotchy appearance if you look real close, and it chips easily, but hey I ride the thing in the forest, not hang it on the wall and stare at it.
At $400 the frame is a steal. At twice the price it's still a good deal.
If your looking for a do it all FS frame, the KHS AM is the way to go.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   adrenalinebikes.com

Similar Products Used:   -Mountain Cycle Slix (100mm travel, walking beam/faux 4 bar)
-Jamis Dakar (90mm travel, true 4 bar w/ horst link)


Bike Setup:   Manitou minute 1, Rockshox pearl 3.1, Sun single track/hope wheels, Avid Juicy 7’s, Sram X drive train = one sweet 30 lbs (on the shop scale) 6” travel all mountain machine.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rome a Cross Country Rider from Everett, WA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2006

Strengths:    4-6" adjustable travel. nice welds. cartridge bearing rear suspension pivots. gusseted headtube. No annoying bobbing when pedaling!

Weaknesses:    Weight. This is a heavy frame.

Bottom Line:   
I just built up this bike on Saturday, so I am going to test it out on the trail at Norm's Trails in Astoria OR. Test ridden around my house, and it is plush! Updated review to follow.

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Favorite Trail:   Whoopsie Woodle-Galbraith Mountain Bellingham WA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bob's bicycles

Similar Products Used:   99 DBR X2 (My first FS bike. The monkey motion was annoying.)

Bike Setup:   05 AM1000 frame, Manitou Sherman Slider fork, Cane Creek headset, Forte carbon riser bar, Kona Clump stem, Tektro brake levers, SRAM Attack Shimano compatible grip shifters, Thomson Elite 31.6x367mm seatpost with Forte Fusion saddle, Raceface SRX 73x113 BB, SRAM X-Gen front derailleur, Shimano XT rear derailleur, SRAM 9spd chain, SRAM 12-34 cassette, Shimano PD-M545 pedals, Supergo Launch FR wheelset with Kenda Kinetics Stick-E 2.3" tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Updated Review- I am loving this bike. Lots of fun, nice and plush. VERY adjustable. Only indication that it is a cheaper frame is overall weight. Welds are nice and clean. I have a Marzocchi All Mountain SL fork with 130mm of travel and this seems to be a perfect fit. Read my review below for more details, I highly reccomend this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $349.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2006

Strengths:    inexpensive,great quality for the price,proven 4 bar suspension, changeable rear travel 4,5, or 6 inches,Fox VanillaR coil over rear shock

Weaknesses:    A little bit on the heavy side but at this price you can't have everything

Bottom Line:   
So far this is a great bike. I bought it as a frame set (It was formerly built up, but not used) from bobs-bicycles.com and they could not have been any more helpful.They are also on E-Bay under the seller name betterbikes with a 99.9% rating.
When I got the frame, part of the included headset was missing. One phone call later and a new headset was on it's way.With this proven suspension design you can't go wrong. All in all it cost me $1700 to build this bike as specd here.Bob's installed the cranks and pressed the headset cups at no charge too. You can go to the KHS website and click on the 2005 link to see how this bike was origionally set up. I have upgraded everything except the wheelset here and the bike weighs about 33-35lbs.
I collected the parts over about two months and assembled the bike as I got the parts.If you are a biker on a budget, this is the way to go. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

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Favorite Trail:   Hartshorne Woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $349.00

Purchased At:   www.bobs-bicycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Klein Mantra owned, tested Ellsworth Id

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi All Mountain SL fork(Paint matches frame but that is not why I got it), Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc brakes, Sram X9 derailleurs and trigger shifters,Race Face Deus cranks and stem, Alex DM18 All Mountain Wheelset,thompson seatpost

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