KHS 1999 Alite Hardtail Bike

4.54/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $829.00


Product Description

1999 KHS Alite 2000, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou Spyder R, 3.15" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Graning a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento, Ca

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2006

Strengths:    After 7 years I finally had to replace some of the stock parts. I upgraded the shifters & rear casset to XT and I had to replace the chain. Overall I am very impressed with KHS. I will buy from them again...

Weaknesses:    The Spider R only has 80mm of travel and I blew it out after 4 months of use. They did replace it for free though. I think the bike is a little heavy compared to others.

Bottom Line:   
I love it, but I will be replacing the forks.

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Favorite Trail:   Salmon Falls

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $677.00

Purchased At:   CSUS

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Cad2, & GT avalanche 1.0

Bike Setup:   Scott handle bars, XT rear casset, XT rapid fire shifters, Contental Gravity rear tire & everything else is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lem from Vancouver BC

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2002

Strengths:    This bike is light, maneuverable, and climbs great. Haven't owned a bike of this calibur for quite a while.

Weaknesses:    None that I can think of

Bottom Line:   
Excellent mountain bike that is totally customizable. The light weight of the bike makes obstacles easier to clear. Excellent climbing ability.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   XT components, Titec, Marzocchi Bomber Z3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chefluke chefluke a Cross Country Rider from Nelson New Zealand

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2001

Strengths:    I like climbing and so does the bike. Very stiff when cranking in, and out of the saddle. Nice and light. Cool looking. Feels good on the road. Strong, I've hammared this bike for over a year and it loves it!

Weaknesses:    None so far, but I'll let you know if I find any.

Bottom Line:   
This bike can climb virtually everything. It loves meduim to fast single track, not bad when the going gets really steep and technical, might try a short stem though.

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Favorite Trail:   Anakiwa

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Pierre's Cycles

Similar Products Used:   KHS Team hardtail, KHS FXT Pro softail, Haro escape (don't buy one.

Bike Setup:   19 inch frame, Mazocchi superflys, all XT groupo, everything else is titec, IRC Mythos carbon 2.1's. 23.5lb's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by andrew taylor a Weekend Warrior from cumbria, england

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2001

Strengths:    solid bike, weight wasnt bad, never broke anything despite my best efforts at crashing, great riding position, excellent for beginers

Weaknesses:    forks needed to be upgraded, stem too long, dont like flat bars

Bottom Line:   
a great all round bike with only minor upgrades needed, a quick and nimble bike.
id rather have another khs than my komodo but theres no importer in britain now(shame)

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Favorite Trail:   askham fell

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   garlands, bristol

Similar Products Used:   jamis komodo
wheeler



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from St Louis

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2001

Strengths:    climbing.

Weaknesses:    dents easily

Bottom Line:   
Holy Sh*t, this bike will win all of the hill climb competitions. All of them. if you happen to be at the starting line of your "hill climb" and the guy next to you (or the guy next to that guy has one of these frames, bow down right there and start worshipping this frame because it will kill you instantly. If i owned KHS, i would rename this bike "The Best Climber in the World," or maybe "Anti-gravity," or maybe "Melvin." i dunno. But anyway, you might as well buy this frame and automatically start laughing at all the hills you ever see because they are nothing. and neither is any other bike when it comes to ascending. Bow Down to the King of the Hill!! DO IT NOW!

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Favorite Trail:   Chubb in st louis

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   not mine. it's my buddy's

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000, Schwinn Homegrown Factory full suspnsion, Scott Summit, Specialized (something) Expert

Bike Setup:   Trek 7000 with some upgrades

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wrench a Weekend Warrior from Lompoc, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2000

Strengths:    Light, strong Easton Elite frame, good mid-low end shock, good parts trade-off

Weaknesses:    too cheap headset (broke immediately), saddle and heavy pedals

Bottom Line:   
I was riding an old 19" KHS Descent. It is a cromolly frame with a stem suspension, velociraptors and LX V brakes added. The 19" frame is too short for me (after about 8 years of riding, always has been). Was thinking about going full suspension for a while, but everything cost too much and nothing I tried climbed that well. Was thinking about a new frame and saw the KHS 4000 Alite frame for less than 400. But my old 7 speed transmission and cheap stem shock wouldn't be worth it. I bought the Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost and really liked the improvement in comfort. Then I started to see the 99 Alite 2000s for pretty cheap. When Nasbar lowered the price to 600, jumped on it.
It's a perfect bike for me. 21", 8 speed, my thudbuster fits, decent fork. I'm probably going to change over my LX brakeset since it is better that what came with it. I'm keeping my decent and converting it to a around town/commuter. KHS really hits the vaule point.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Nacimento to Pozo

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   old KHS Descent

Bike Setup:   Aheadset, thudbuster seat suspension, old boatranger saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Night Owl a Weekend Warrior from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2000

Strengths:    An update review after handling this Alite 4000 (1999) for almost 2 years now.Reliable, light, quick steering, replaceable rear mounting. Strong frame, nothing cracked or gave way, despite 175 lbs.weight pounding on dry crust and potholes, singletracks.

Weaknesses:    I got used to the poor paintjob. The more scratches the better it looks!

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, no regrets still, any rear suspension cannot give me the climbing power of this hardtail. Perhaps I may try a cromo or titanium for a little more comfort next. Reliable and nothing broken on the frame. The new Alite 3000 looks OK but I cannot get used to disc brakes, so KHS please allow for non disc in the mounting points. I changed to another lighter Marzocchi Bomber X.2, nothing wrong with the first one. Have taken it for road climbs with road tyres (Hutchinson Gold) with a spare set of XTR hubbed Mavic 138s and found nothing inadequate. Could keep up with the roadies.

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Favorite Trail:   Golf ball hill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   KHS Alite 1000

Bike Setup:   19" frame weighing 24.5 lbs, mainly Shimano LX except 747 spd, XT front derailler, XT bottom bracket, XTR chain, XT rear cassette, XT headset, Mavic 517s with XTR hubs, Kore Lite 130 mm stem, Koobi split seat

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike Johnson a Downhiller from Calgary

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2000

Strengths:    - Frame is one hell of a durable thing


Weaknesses:    - Grip shift, where'd it go...i haven't seen it since i had the close encounter with the electrical box...
- "Powertools" is a load of crap! there products can't hold up and they just plain suck...they are not durable at all and could really use some extra strength...and then there's just there seat...OUCH! talk about impotency.
-Rims!!
-overpriced


Bottom Line:   
This can be a very good bike with just a few minor changes. The only thing i have changed was my rear rim (w/ and ryhno lyte), my derailer hanger (4 times) and shifting.

I like my bike...mind you the only thing that is good on it is basicly the frame and my shifting.
The shocks that this bike come with suck! for about the first 2 weeks that i had them they stood up with the punishment that i gave em...but nowadays after 1 year i am bottoming them out...without even going off a drop.

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Favorite Trail:   Alberta Cup downhill course @ COP

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   19' frame, STX RC w/ display, SUNRIM RYHNO LYTE rear rim, RST 381r, STX front derailer, LX rear derailer.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bikerpuppy a Weekend Warrior from Joburg, South Africa

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2000

Strengths:    tasty paint job, great parts spec, solid performer, brilliant suspension

Weaknesses:    Power Tools OE could be better.(pedal fell off!)

Bottom Line:   
This bike and i have gone through a few rims, spokes and tires already. In the 2 and a bit years i've beenjumping it, commuting, crashing, etc. i haven't had any major issues. Right now the bottom bracket needs replacing, but to be fair, it's taken a beating. Only serviced the fork after 2 years, a true soldier. This bike is suitable for xc racing, a spot of downhill and even some playbiking, depending on your setup. Great for the bucks

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Favorite Trail:   out west

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX 860, Trek VRX, Cannondale Raven

Bike Setup:   Upgrades include: Azonic Riser bars, Shimano 535 pedals, Avenir grips, bottle cage every few months....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chet a Cross Country Rider from Charleston, WV

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2000

Strengths:    Very lightweight, love the geometry, climbs very well.

Weaknesses:    Easton Elite tubing dents very easily. (but that's the price you pay for a 3lb frame)

Bottom Line:   
Built up pretty light for a 17" - 24.3 lbs. I love the bike, I race it about every 2 weeks and can say it beats the pants off my old full suspension XCR. I've beat it relentlessly and it just begs for more.

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Favorite Trail:   Ballard @ KSF

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Gt Rebound, older Bianchi Osprey hardtail.

Bike Setup:   Crosslink wheelset on GEAX Hook and Warp, Full XT Group, USE XCR Shockpost, Ritchey WCS Ti saddle. Sid XC fork, Time ATAC pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will a Weekend Warrior from NJ

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2000

Strengths:    -Mad good frame (Easton Elite tubing)
-Looks phat


Weaknesses:    -My rear wheel went out of true relatively easily
-"Powertools" components are pretty bad, should be replaced or else suffer loss of dignity
-99 STXRC shifters are crap, they should at least tell you what gear you are on


Bottom Line:   
KHS is a mad good company -- most people haven't heard much about them, but they are truly a great buy. The Alite 2000 has a super nice frame which allows for a great deal of future upgrades -- some companies will charge you a lot of loot for an equally nice frame with the same Easton Elite tubing (say, Rocky Mountain, or Dagger).

I have only a few complaints about this bike; first and foremost, most of the components are crap. You can't reallt take any of the "Powertools" components on the trail without losing face or getting made fun of, but they can be easily replaced. Once you upgrade some of the stuff, the bike is hot.

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Favorite Trail:   MCP

Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marco DeAngelis a Cross Country Rider from Kirksville,MO

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2000

Strengths:    The KHS frame is super light and very responsive on the trail. Climbs like a monster!!! For the price, I don't think there is a better frame out there. Cool polished finish, and sweet welds. On the trail, it corners real well, and likes to be thrown around. Accelerates quickly!!



Weaknesses:    The Easton Tubing is a little harsh on the back.

Bottom Line:   
This bike kicks ass for anyone looking for a fast race bike and is on a budget. You can pick the frame up right now from universal cycles for about $330. It is usually $600 or $700. I've got my bike down to about 24.5 lbs, and that is with a lot of average components. If someone took the money to trick this bike out, they could easily have a race bike between 21 and 23 lbs!!! Pretty damn good. On the other hand, if you are just a weekend warrior, and are looking for a comfortable, forgiving ride, go cro-moly or dual suspension. This bike could really use a suspension seat post for the back.

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Favorite Trail:   Horse Head Trail (Fruita, CO)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Ziggurat, Scott Summit, Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   Mavic 517's built around lx hubs, Manitou Pro C (Crap!!), Avid 1.9 levers with Arch 40 brakes, FSA Afterburner Crankset, 535's, Plasma shifters, XT derailuers, club roost go fast xc riser bars, and a specializes s-works stem (0 rise, 130mm).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from St. Stephen, NB, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2000

Strengths:    Blue/Orange paint job, light, great price ($1350 CDN in 1998)

Weaknesses:    Defective Silent Clutch rear hub

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for a great price. I have had a lot of good comments on the paint job. The wheels have held up good during races and all other riding. The Z3 Bomber is very smooth and plush for a mid-price fork. If you can't afford to get a super high-end XC bike, KHS has what you're looking for.

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Favorite Trail:   Poley Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Thin Blue Line, GT

Bike Setup:   LX/XT drivetrain, LX V-brakes, Z3 Light fork, Mavic X221 wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Filthy McNasty a Cross Country Rider from London, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2000

Strengths:    light, tough, good looks
polished aluminum frame looks great
Easton Tubing


Weaknesses:    Aluminum can wear you down on long rides (harsh)

Bottom Line:   
This bike climbs very well and tracks like a dream. THe bike is very light and easy to manouvre. The frame is super stiff and can throw a rider around pertty good, stay alert. Recommend a suspension post, or ti post at least, something that will be a little more forgiving on long rides.

Drop offs, descents and jumps are not a problem. This bike can really take the abuse. I've had no mechanicals to speak of. KHS has built a steel replacable hanger, good idea, better than some of the aluminun crap out there.

I really do need a little more time to ride before a real detailed review can be done, but from what I see so far this bike works great. I've only had the bike for three months, but I plan to use it for a long while. I would recommend this ride to any one that is looking for a fast x-country MTB. This is an excellent bike for racing, or hard core endurance riders.

Comfort might be best found in a cromo frame, or if you can afford it, titanium.

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Favorite Trail:   the technical ones

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Marin, Pine Mountain, Cromo- hard tail, judy, grip shift

Bike Setup:   White Bros. 70ul fork, sram 9.0sl shifter/derailer, Magura brakes, titec stem(ti),Titec bar(ti) and Titec post(ti), Mavic 517's on XT hubs, XT cranks, shimano chain, XTR ti cassette. I've got the wieght down to 22 pounds!

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Oz Nahum a Cross-Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: October 28, 1999

Strengths:    
very agressive geometrics. i really like
the lean forward riding position.


Weaknesses:    
to heavy frame. in the same price you
can get a better chromoly frame...


Bottom Line:   
a very nice bike for begginers.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Trek 800,
GT backwoods


Bike Setup:   
I didn`t change anything. the standard set-ups of the manufactuerer

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