KHS Solo One SE Singlespeed

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

Solo One SE

  • Frame - True Temper Verus Full CrMo, Double Butted top & down tubes
  • Fork - 29" CrMo 4130
  • Headset - Cane Creek Threadless
  • Rims - Sun Rhynolite 29" w/eyelets
  • Hubs - Front: Alloy Disc QR Rear: Alloy Disc Single Speed Cassette QR
  • Tires - Kenda Karma Kevlar, 29 x 2.2, Folding
  • Spokes - 15G FT/14G RR Black Stainless, 32°
  • Front Derailleur - N/A
  • Rear Derailleur - N/A
  • Shifters - N/A
  • Chain - KMC Z51
  • Crankset - Truvativ Isoflow 33T w/Alloy Guard
  • Bottom Bracket - Truvativ Power Spline, Cartridge
  • Cassette - Cassette 20t
  • Pedals - Dual-sided Clipless & Standard
  • Seatpost - Alloy micro-adjust
  • Saddle - WTB Speed V Sport
  • Handlebar - Truvativ XR 31.8, Triple Butted
  • Stem - Truvativ XR 31.8, 3D Forged
  • Grips - WTB Weirwolf Dual Density
  • Brake Levers - Tektro Alloy
  • Brakes - Tektro linear pull
  • Color - Flat Dark Green
  • Frame - Size S, M, L, XL

  • User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by shekky a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2012

    Strengths:    precise handling. climbs very well, relatively light weight for its price and component spec. disc brake ready.

    Weaknesses:    spec-ed with junk headset, brakes and levers.

    Bottom Line:   
    i am reviewing the 2007 model of this bike, which is dark green

    this bike was given to me as a gift by a neighbor. it was the first twenty niner of any kind that i had ever ridden and i was hooked after the first mile. the solo one is also the first single speed i've ridden extensively. my KHS is also the first steel frame built after 1994 i've owned; riding this bike spurred me to purchase the steel marin pine mountain 29'er in my stable.

    the bike was set up with the stock tektro "vee" brakes and levers when i received it in addition to the 2.3 kenda tires. if you find one of these bikes on the market, i'd suggest replacing the brakes and levers with something better as the tektros have a very cheap and clunky feel to them. (i replaced mine with a set of shimano XT vee brakes and mis-matched paul levers). the kenda tires are a matter of preference; i found that their round-ish profile was not acceptable to my style of riding and the terrain i traverse. at this time, i'm using a pair of 2.35 panaracer rampage 29s.

    other than my issues with the cheap brakes and tires, i found myself comfortable right away on the solo one SE. the cockpit is long and low, not unlike that of my last steel bike, an early nineties kona. climbing on the KHS is not exactly effortless but it's quick and efficient due to the combination of the bike's reasonable weight (26lbs) in the large size, the meaty panaracer tires and 33 x 20 gearing. even though the bike is fully rigid, rough sections of trail and technical descents don't beat on my fifty one year old body like one might think due to the resilient steel frame and once again, the agressive rampage tires. handling is precise on any descent, from wide fire roads to steep, rock singletrack due to the rigid fork and the oh so slightly upright riding position provided by the stock truvative riser bar.

    i'll bet this bike would absolutely rock with a good set of cable actuated discs...

    i was lucky enough to have been given this bike by a neighbor when he took delivery of his new lynsky. riding it for close to a year convinced me to purchase a geared steel 29'er hardtail. the solo one is getting to be my go-to bike on wet weather rides and on days i don't feel like listening to disc brakes squeal or dealing with gears.

    KHS is no longer building the solo one but if you find a pre owned one in solid condition at the right price, i would definitely pick it up.

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    Favorite Trail:   boggs mountain demonstration forest

    Duration Product Used:   two years

    Purchased At:   nomad cyclery, san f

    Similar Products Used:   marin pine mountain 29'er

    Bike Setup:   stock with the exception mid level shimano MTB pedals, shimano XT "vee" brakes and mis-matched silver paul's love levers