KHS 2000 Alite Hardtail Bike

4.06/5 (35 Reviews)
MSRP : $349.00


Product Description

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, SE Sport Suspension fork


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, fast climber, best value for this price range.

Weaknesses:    Replace those RST brakes!

Bottom Line:   
I am very happy with the purchase. It is my first bike and this one will stay with me for a long time. Now I have Ellswirth Truth full suspension bike and this bike climbs better than the famous Truth! I use the Truth on downhill and cross country, but for longer rides, I always take out my trustworthy Alite 3000, even on some downhills!

The bike weighs in at about 25 lbs. There is a lot of room for weight reduction. KHS uses Easton ultralight 7005 and the frame itself is less than 3 lbs!

I usually test ride bikes on single tracks. I tried many entry level hardtails (those recommended on MTBR forum -- the Rockhopper, Hardrock, and Trek 7800)and I like KHS the best. Its responsiveness gives me confidence. I could turn corners and hairpins quickly during downhill sessions. And during climbing, I get good traction and climbs like no other.

If you want to get into biking, I highly recommend this bike. It makes me love the sport and makes me a better rider. They are not many available anymore. If you can find them under $500, it is a steal!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona and Trek bikes

Bike Setup:   stock parts with Avid BB7 disc brakes and Shimano clipless

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zach a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2003

Strengths:    Frame geometry makes it great for climbing and it is a comfortable XC bike. For me, the geometry just 'feels' better to ride than most other bikes I've been on.

Weaknesses:    Like many have said before - I believe that the RST disc brakes are hopeless. I haven't had a go at tuning them following the RST manual - will give it a shot - if that doesn't work, then they are gone...

Bottom Line:   
I think this is a really great XC bike for mid-level riders who are into XC. For someone starting out in XC I think it's more than enough.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Hardtail Giant's and Avanti's.

Bike Setup:   Added some clip-ins, changed the grips. Other than that, it's stock.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Strengths:    Light Frame, Strong fork. Can't beat the price.


Weaknesses:    Brakes! They work sometimes, but the rotors are trash. The seat bent, the wheelset bent, the aluminum chainring bent. The pedals are no good.

Bottom Line:   
I love the geometry of the bike. Its fast and light. The components aren't terrible, but lots of them are not good either. I would have loved to get the next year when they added the hydraulic discs. I am almost positive that you can't get this bike anymore, but it was a steal when it was available. Oh yeah, the frame is light, but the top tube and down tube are so thin-walled that I put some serious dents in them.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm on!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback Ascent EX, Giant Iguana(she was a fun old bike)Specialized Stumpjumper comp.

Bike Setup:   At this point the frame, fork, stem, headset, bar and seatpost are stock. I added Avid mechanical discs, Mavic Crosslink disc wheelset, Specialized BG comp seat, Shimano 535 pedals, Truvativ Stylo Crankset(not good) and bigger Michelin and Continental tires. The Bottom bracket is still stock.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ahram Lee a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

Strengths:    Easton Ultralight 7005 frame, Mavic X317 rims, WTB Nanoraptor tires, silver color

Weaknesses:    RST Mechanical Disk Brakes, Deore components, Welgo clipless pedals, no-name hubs

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great deal for someone starting out in the sport of MTB'ing. The frame is an Easton Ultralight 7005, which weighs in at around 3 lbs. The fork is also pretty decent for someone who doesn't weigh a lot (I top the scales at about 150lbs).

If, however, you're an avid MTB rider, you'll be disappointed by the bike's mediocre set of original components: The first parts I replaced were the RST disc brakes. They had absolutely no power even after weeks of riding, and I replaced them with the Shimano XT Disc brakes. Soon thereafter, I replaced the shifters and drive train (all XT--shifters, crank set, bottom bracket).

Since the bike is mostly silver-colored, the XT components, which are also silver, look pretty cool on it. With the addition of the silver-colored Thompson seat post and the same-colored seat post Q/R, my bike resembles some of the way-overpriced exotic car maker versions of MTB's.

With the most recent addition of my Shimano SPD-M959 clipless pedals, I'm able to tear up some major trails.

The only other addition I'm considering is a new wheel set. Although the Mavic X317's are some of the best disk rims out there, the fact that they're laced to some cheap spokes and even cheaper hubs is a major down-factor. And, since it costs as much as a new wheel set to replace the hubs and spokes including the labor, I'm considering just purchasing a complete new wheel set (black XT disc hubs laced to some 14G black spokes and black Mavic X223).

Overall, I give this bike (only the 2000 year model--the 2001 model's color is pukey-green--urgh) 4 chilis for value and 3 chilis for overall rating.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale M1000 + V900

Bike Setup:   Original KHs Alite 3000 with following replacements/upgrades:

XT Disc brakes
XT front derailleur
XT shifters
XT crank set with XT bottom bracket
Shimano SPD-M959
Silver Salsa Seat Post Q/R
Thompson Ti Seat Post
WTB Ti Seat
XT Cassette
Sram chain

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rick a Cross Country Rider from Peoria

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2002

Strengths:    light, proven quality equipment Shimano LT/XT, looks good in shiny aluminum

Weaknesses:    Bike is extremely soft and flexible (had very stiff TREK steel frame w/o suspension before), pedals are low quality, brakes squeek and have fading, Marzocchi fork is not responsive and too flexible. However, it keeps the pressure

Bottom Line:   
For MSRP too expensive, for around $750 good deal if your are a leisure weekend rider.Don't expect too much. If you want to ride hard and in competition don't buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   Klippenturm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   TREK 950(steel) and Dynamics (Al)


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cliff Clark a Cross Country Rider from Everett, Wa, Snohomish

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2002

Strengths:    Very light, only $400. Built with mostly quality parts.

Weaknesses:    Brakes, headset, pedals.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great for the price, but within a year I have had to put some extra money in it to make it work like butter. The fork is good, but I'm just looking for a reason to upgrade.


This is a great bike if you get it for $400, but plan on putting another $200 in it real soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Tree farm, Boeing

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   Target bike

Bike Setup:   Avid Ti V-brakes, sigle digit 7 levers, roxshox seatpost, new pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad White a Cross Country Rider from Dover,Mass,USA

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2002

Strengths:    The price is so good for what you get. The z4 is very plush i can ride over big logs without feeling anything. The frame is very strong and light. Nothing has broken yet.

Weaknesses:    I would say the breaks, their ok but sometimes they are a bit spungy.

Bottom Line:   
If you can still find this bike off the net it is a great deal. Instead of buying the brand name bikes you can get a durable aluminum frame and great components. I have had no problems at all so far considering, the bike takes a lot of abuse. It is light and fast up the hill. And coming down the marzochii makes it feel like a freeride bike. If u want a cross crountry bike with great value buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   trails in North Conway

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   Gt's, Cannondales, Treks

Bike Setup:   Stock, I put a new Stg saddle on it.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Peter Gibson a Weekend Warrior from Sydney

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Strengths:    Nice fork, very sure-footed - a joy to ride when new. Great confidence builder.

Weaknesses:    Some cheap, nasty componentry. But then for the price .. Rides like an old dog already. A bit on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
KHS hubs have been very poor - both have already failed in a big way. Will probably have to be replaced with something much better. The armor hydraulics were excellent when new but hate the wet/mud - and are now terrible. Not sure what to do about them. Certainly not up to the job. Had a Giant CFM for 9 years with good old Deore componentry, although frame is pretty soggy and the bike is much the worse for wear, everything still works. Cannot see this one lasting anything like that - exactly the same riding conditions. My KHS is a great bike but let down by some quality/service issues. Cannot recommend for that reason.

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Favorite Trail:   Royal National Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Kirawee Cycles

Bike Setup:   Standard but RST disc brakes replaced with Armor hydraulics

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Vince Williams a Racer from Christiansted, VI , US Virgin Islands

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2002

Strengths:    Solid lightweight frame. Excellent geometry for mid-size ride. Great "builder" bike for entry to advanced racers on a budget.

Weaknesses:    Flex in the rear triangle causes bike to feel unstable on rough hard pack. Powertools brakes and pedals are only good when used as fishing weights. Front fork is inadequate for anything other than pleasure rides on the road. Rims are extremely week and will not stay true for very long (this really doesn't matter since they will get bent on the first ride or two). Cranks and chainrings should be considered "temporary" components. Seat is for looks only and should not be sat on for any period of time.

Bottom Line:   
The Alite 2000 is light and strong. Like any other MTB under $1500, it needs to grow with riders ability. I own this bike (replaced a stolen GF Hoo Koo E Koo)and an older Gary Fisher Sugar 1. I ride this bike for fun and races with lots of climbing, reserving the Sugar for more aggressive races and downhills. The KHS is very light and an excellent climber. It can be made even lighter w/ the right components. I have around $1000 in the bike and would never be able to find a compararble "new" bike for that price. If you want a good pleasure bike that can grow into a racer, this bike should be considered. Have the shope replace the seat,cranks, chainrings, pedals, and brakes before you leave the shop and put a set of nice wheels on lay-away.

Comparably priced Trek's, GT's, etc are better out of the box. Strap the same components on each however, and the KHS blows them away.

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Favorite Trail:   North Shore Scenic

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Paradise Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, Specialized Rock Hopper

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Psylo FF dialed to 3" travel (best travel limit for this frame's geometry), Shimano 324 pedals, Race Face crank, chain rings and BB, XTR shifters, brakes, and derailleurs, Spinergy Spox M1 wheels/hubs, w/oversized Al axles.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stuart Lowndes a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2001

Strengths:    Well thought out package with first rate componentry at an extremely reasonable price. Best buy for the budget conscious.

Weaknesses:    Largest chain ring from "Trushift" that came with the bike bent on the first thing I brushed. The boys at the LBS replaced that with a Shimano LX ring which has been super sturdy ever since.

Bottom Line:   
Light, quick, strong and at an excellent price. Geometry is fantastic and my confidence and technical proficiency has gone through the roof ever since getting onboard. If your looking for your second bike and have fallin in love with the sport then take the next step buy an affordable bike that is a pleasure to use.

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Favorite Trail:   Red Hill, Narrabeen

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Addiction, Fairlight

Similar Products Used:   Ironhorse ARS 9000, racing hardtail

Bike Setup:   As spec - with Grimeca s8 disc brakes

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Stanley a Weekend Warrior from Rochester

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2001

Strengths:    Frame and geometry are OK. Fork seems competent once dialed in properly (to eliminate "topping out" on the rebound). Tires grip well. Rims seem tough enough so far.

Weaknesses:    Seat was replaced immediately, Bottom Bracket broke 5 rides in, Rear Hub went 8 rides in, Bent big ring 6 rides in, Brake Levers are sloppy as hell. STX-RC components on my old bike totally blow away this new Deore (blank) line of components.

Bottom Line:   
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!! I'm sure I'll have upgraded every component on this bike before I've had it a year.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Online - Ebay - Discount Bikes.com

Similar Products Used:   I had an old CrMo Mongoose Rockadile (94 I think) with all STX components and a non-suspension fork that gave me years of service without a day of trouble, unlike this pile, which has given me at least one problem on every single ride I've taken it on.

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for bar ends, new UN72 Bottom bracket, and the old 7-speed rear wheel I had to put on when the rear hub went to hell.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh C a Cross Country Rider from Mo.

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2001

Strengths:    The weight of the bike isn't bad. The alivios arnt the best but the front derailer isnt the one you should worry about. great shocks.

Weaknesses:    The Seat post isnt all that Great . needs a shock post.

Bottom Line:   
Good Bike for someone who doesnt want to spend as much as for an expensive bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Caty Trail for the distance

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   Mountain View Sports, Keystone Colorado

Similar Products Used:   Specialized HardRock. Trek 6000.

Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 1000 w/ Rst 381 AET

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon Dunn a Cross Country Rider from Hamilton, Ma, USA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2001

Strengths:    PRICE!!

Weaknesses:    the fork, I tried everything and it wont hold air, i put it to around 30 and 2 rides later it is at ZERO!! also he bottom bracket, i dont know if it is because i use it as a XC bike and a free rider but my BB SUX!! it makes all kinds of noises. also the tires aint to great, NO GRIP!! but I changed the BB and tires to new ones.

Bottom Line:   
Some people complain about the brakes but they havent failed me. also i think its just cause ive taken a few nasty spills but i have a few deep gauges in my frame from crashind on pointy rocks and its still holding up (thats the next thing im replacing). I give it a 4 for overall because of the BB the fork and the tires.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   a few

Bike Setup:   Truvative Hussefelt cranks with rock gaurd, Faceface BB (both isis), and Panaracer XC pro tires. otherwise all stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will a Weekend Warrior from Queens, NY

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2001

Strengths:    Great frame, some decent parts, rims are pretty strong too,
the front end is pretty damn light


Weaknesses:    brakes...do yourself a favor and get yourself a pair of avid's or something similar...power tools brakes were not meant to ridden on the trails...nuff said.
Pedals....they are very slippery if you take the cages off, replace with some clipless or platform pedals
Fork...its ok but you might want to upgrade in the future.
Headset...probably the worst part on the bike. If you change your fork you'll have to get a new one.


Bottom Line:   
Don't be mistaken, this bike is not trail ready right out of the box. Then again how many $400 bikes are? But what you do get is quality frame to build upon. Just by upgading a few parts, you'll have yourself a light-duty bomber. Even though some of the parts are far from being trail worthy, this bike is a great deal. You may have to spend 300 dollars to get this bike suped up but atleast you'll have a bike setup the way you like. How many $700 bikes can say that?

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Point

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   first mountain bike

Bike Setup:   Avid brakes, Judy SL, yeti grips, bar ends, cane creek headset.....pretty damn sweet

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by michael a Cross Country Rider from simi valley, ca

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2001

Strengths:    Can't go wrong for $400 bucks, nice frame, Kore cockpit. I recently needed to replace a frame on another bike, but I decided to buy this bike instead. Immediately swapped out the wheels for Mavic Crossrides, fork for Mars Elite, cranks
for Hollowtech, and brakes/levers for Avid and now it is a pretty sweet ride.


Weaknesses:    Trash for brakes, Suntour cranks.

Bottom Line:   
If you just want to ride the local hills on weekends, and don't mind some heavy components, you can't beat the price
of this bike. If you are going to upgrade the brakes, cranks, and a few other things, it ends up a fairly nice ride. Now that I have upgraded, I am pleased.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Peak/Chumash

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   GT Pantera

Bike Setup:   Mavic Crossrides, Mars Elite, Avid SD7 brakes/levers.

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