KHS FR-1500 Freeride Full Suspension

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $1799.00


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sylvie AKA (FENYX) a Cross Country Rider from Cornwall

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2008

Strengths:    Good over all bike took it on some local trails rides great up hills and handles the trails great. Good componments for the price.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
So far so good great for all around riding and its a fun bike. I have took it out on some rough surfaces and it perfroms well and easy to handle. The steering is great. The forks and shocks are plush and its a smooth ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Camp Fortune

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Biycle World

Similar Products Used:   None I have riden at the moment can't compare

Bike Setup:   Fox Vanilla 125 R, TruVativa Crank, Fox Rear Shock, Lx Rear derailer, Deore Front derailer,WTB Tires, WTB Seat, PowerTolls Handle Bars,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by creecrop a Cross Country Rider from carmel valley ,ca

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2007

Strengths:    awsome tracking,just point and pedal.direct power to the tires on the climbs,also soaks up all the big hits with no loss of control

Weaknesses:    little noise from the cables vibrating ,nothing a zip tie wont fix

Bottom Line:   
the first bike i have had that fits me perfect could not be happier,being in the clydesdale class this bike was made for riders just like myself...love it so much i would own another one , just to have two

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   warranty

Similar Products Used:   trek liquid , xc 504

Bike Setup:   easton oversized bars with matching stem,lizard skins locking grips, xt trigger shifters with brake levers,avid calipers,xt ft. and r.derailers ,cane creek tank 2 head set,race face seat post, hope seat clamp,truvative blase cranks ,rhyno lite xl rims with xt hubs.manitou minute 2 forks.fox vanilla pro pedal rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dean Machine a Cross Country Rider from Alexandria,Ohio

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2006

Strengths:    Strong frame,nice suspension that is flawless.I bought a small frame on ebay for $250.00 and transfered some components from another frame and bought some others on ebay.I have a nice 6" suspension bike at 32 lbs. and $800.

Weaknesses:    FRAME IS STRONG BUT ON THE HEAVY SIDE.I am 5'11" and ride the small frame.It is perfect .I noticed other posts of people wishing they had gotten a smaller frame.The chainstays are on the long side.

Bottom Line:   
A NICE PLUSH BIKE FOR ALL MOUNTAIN RIDING.I NEVER FEEL ANY SUSPENSION BOB WHEN CLIMBING .CLIMBS WELL FOR WEIGHT BUT REALLY SHINES ON THE SKETCHY LOOSE DOWNHILLS WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO HOLD ON AND RIDE IT OUT.THE BIKE CAN HANDLE TECHNICAL XC AND MODERATE JUMPS WITH NO PROBLEMS.

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Favorite Trail:   Virgin Rim ,Utah

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Bike Setup:   SAINT CRANKSET,MANITOU SWINGER 3 WAY SHOCK,SHERMAN FLICK FORK,SYNCROS CARBON HANDLEBARS ,BONTRAGER RACE TUBELESS WHEELSET,TITEC SEATPOST,XT REAR DERAILLEUR XTR FRONT.AVID JUICY 5 BRAKES.KENDA NEVEGAL 2.35 FRONT,2.1 REAR ,STANS NOTUBES SEALANT,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nathaniel allen-slaba a Downhiller from bellingham washington U.S

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2006

Strengths:    great all around

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i've only had it for three months, but it's been nothing short of outstanding. big drops, little drops, jumps, and all around trail riding, it can do it all. it's such a HUGE improvement over my trek liquid, and way cheaper. if you are looking for a solid all around freeride bike, this is it.

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Favorite Trail:   CBC

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   online

Bike Setup:   bought it as a frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dirty a Weekend Warrior from Yucaipa

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2004

Strengths:    See Below this is a follow up reveiw

Weaknesses:    Paint, heavy

Bottom Line:   
Ok here is a follow up reveiw on this one. i sitll love this Bike and it still isnt broken and i have abused this bad boy all year. took a whie but My Brother and myself finally figured out why it was soo stiff... if you purchase a large frame you get a 750lb spring stock..... the Spring from fox is actually TOO long for the shock. its three turns preloaded when its as relaxed as safely possible. well we fixed that in an unconventional matter. most would thin hey just get a different spring right? .... well anotehr friend of our rides a Big hit and he Bought the 8" kit for his and had nearly the same shock left over its a little different in teh measurements though so i thought what the heck ill give it a go. so i went from a 7.5 eye to eye shock with 2.0 stroke length to a 7 and 7/8 inch shock with a 2.25 " stroke. setup with my New fork and the 24" wheel in teh back teh head angle is absolutly perfect and i gained 3/4 in travel in the rear. absolutly no trouble with binding smoothness noise anything works excellent and can be Stiff or awesomely squishy. well anwyays enjoy and ride when you can

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Favorite Trail:   All of them?

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   rage, dmoed others stuff

Bike Setup:   Same as below cept teh rear shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dirty a Downhiller from Yucaipa

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2004

Strengths:    Holds Up Im a ig clydes rider and one thing i have always had in my head is.... will this break..... with this Bike i dont worry about it

Weaknesses:    Littlestiff But thats ok i still get Full use of the six inch rear end Head tube Angle is too steep Paint scratches easily

Bottom Line:   
this is Truly a freeriders bike its Built tough and its a single crown design made for the guy who isnt afraid to climb to the top to show what he is made of. i got this Bike dialed in perfect now after Putting a 34 inch rear wheel and using a really good fork i have the head tube angle Just right for awesome controll and durability

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Favorite Trail:   Any that make you Prove yourself

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   All over

Similar Products Used:   khs rage

Bike Setup:   fr1500 frame race face prodigy DH cranks and bb xt drive train doublewide wheels 24 inch rear 26 inch fron z150 fork
avid 8" brakes front and rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Downhiller from newark, De

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2004

Strengths:    Incredible, simply put. everything about this frame is a strength. suspension components are extremely well made and the sealed bearings in every pivot point makes this an exceptional bike.

Weaknesses:    none that i find, a little stiff even with lowest preload setting and im 220 lbs.


Bottom Line:   
This frame is the very best frame ive ever ridden and i will love this bike for years to come, i ride very gentle freeride (Iron hill is about as sick as i get offroad, i go do stair drops and other urban things in U of DE territory) i havent done any major drops yet, but so far this bike is incredible, it sucks up the little stuff without even feeling like the suspension is compressing, and then it takes the curb drops and tree roots like theyre nothing, cant wait to get to iron hill with this bad boy.

go khs, badass looking frames,excelent performance, and seriously low cost if you know where to buy aaaaahhh-ebay-choo!!!!!!! hint hint

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Favorite Trail:   Iron Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   tank dh

Bike Setup:   KHS FR1500 frame, lx cranks, xt rapid fire shifters and rapid rise rear deraileur, deore front derail, avid mech 203mm front and back, marzocchi z1 drop off I ETA, Kore DS/FR freeride wheelset, power tools bars, cane creek headset, mallet C pedals, WTB seat, ODI rogue grips. bored yet?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Oates a Cross Country Rider from Austin, Tx

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2004

Strengths:    Great build quaity and finish. Awesome components for the money. Beefy, downhill quality bars, and stem. Adjustable frame travel and agile size it make it great for just about any kind of riding!

Weaknesses:    Not a real big fan of the Fox Vanilla 125 or the rear Vanilla R. But what do you expect from this price range? There has to be some weak spots to keep the price low, and it's more fun to upgrade stuff and personalize the bike! Brakes were a little hard to get dialed, but no worries now.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for anyone! Whether you are a racer or just getting started, this bike has the ability to do it all. A great four-bar long travel all mountain frame, good components, but most importantly and all around good starting point for building your custom dream bike.

This bike handles great and pedals amazingly well thanks in part to the Swinger.

You just can't go wrong here...

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Favorite Trail:   City Park/Emma Long

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Better Bikes on Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler. I really wanted a Ellsworth ID, or Moment, but the price of an Ellsworth frame is twice as much as this complete bike!

Bike Setup:   Manitou Swinger 4way in back, Sun Mammoth DH w/XT disc wheels, XT rear derailer, S&M pedals, and ODI rogue lockons. I am going to be swapping out the fox or a Manitou Sherman firefly in Urban Camo, with thru axle soon though.

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