KHS Alite 1000 XC Hardtail

3.76/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $549.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2014

Strengths:    Frame. I'm 175 pounds and the frame stands up well.

Weaknesses:    Front rotor warped so I changed the whole system to Shimano (mineral oil). People say the front fork is poor but it's my first mountain bike so it's hard for me to say.

Bottom Line:   
I regularly ride with other riders on carbon-fibre this, soft-tail that, and my trusty KHS keeps up with them. I laugh when yet another carbon frame breaks and my aluminium alloy frame just keeps going. Where I ride, it is dry hard-pack for 9 months of the year and the Kenda small block 8's work well. On the road, I freewheel longer than other riders - probably due to the tyres and light frame. After nearly 900 miles I've had one puncture and replaced the brakes. Bike still looks brand new. In fariness, I wash the bike down and lube it up after nearly every ride.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xtreme pit rider a Cross Country Rider from moncton,new-brunswick,canada

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2011

Strengths:    It's a solid bike,Im 200lbs and I landed a 8Ft drop and the bike survived it with no problems.

Weaknesses:    fork is not worth a ****
hard to control when holding on to an atv


Bottom Line:   
the bike is pretty good for what it cost but it gets way better as soon as you change the fork.Good bike for ridig and doing a couple of jumps but its not recommended to do extreme things with it

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Favorite Trail:   pits

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Bike Setup:   gel seat
bomber fork

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Parts Unknown

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010

Strengths:    Nothing

Weaknesses:    Pretty much everything

Bottom Line:   
I dont understand how this bike gets any chilli's. If anything it should have a negative chilli rating! This is one of the worst entry level mountain bikes on the market. KHS decided to go with a cheap version of all the bells and whistles and as a result have a terrible product for sale.

If you plan to ride real XC trails this bike is not for you. The components will not be able to handle the abuse. Dont waste your money on this hunk of junk.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce a Weekend Warrior from Ft Collins, Co, U.S.A

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2010

Strengths:    The bike is light for what it is and it's price...

Weaknesses:    The seat, after only a short time I felt like I was sitting on a red hot charcoal bricket..

Bottom Line:   
For what the bike cost and it's weight and versatility I just can't beat it..

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt..

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Private

Similar Products Used:   Giant XT, Cannondale Killer V, Trek 6700..

Bike Setup:   New tires, gel seat, and peddles..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kazman a Weekend Warrior from Tecumseh, MI USA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2010

Strengths:    Bengal Brakes, Suspension, Truvative Crankset, and AL6061 Frame rigity is unsurpassed. Great Mountain Bike for the price.

Weaknesses:    Really tough to criticize, the weight is even phenominal unless comparing to the carbon frames (Big Price Difference with those however)

Bottom Line:   
Great Mountain Bike XC Series opening model....Its a performer. I've customized my own bikes for years and have been very impressed with the improvements that have been made to bikes in general, but especially this particular unit. I am thoroughly impressed and would recommend this model to anyone who is thinking about venturing into a slightly upper end Cross Country Bike, that is virtually out of the box, with performance in mind.

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Favorite Trail:   Tecumseh/Adrian

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $629.00

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   Haro, Raliegh, Giant, Trek, Kona, Cannondale, Specialized, you name it I've rode.

Bike Setup:   XL Gotta utilize your local Bike Shop (Tecumseh Bike Repair)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Reuel a Cross Country Rider from São Paulo - Brasil

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2010

Strengths:    The Square of model 2010 is better and more strong, than model 2009. The Fork is very nice and good, because if you need more traction on de system is possible to use more potency power in two moments: Pre-load ajust and Lock Out the system Hygraulic.
The Derailler Front is New Shimano Deore, is light than other model of 2009.
The Derailler Rear is very stronger and accurate when i need to change other march.
The Brakes is Bengal Helix 2.1 Hydraulic, 6" Rotors


Weaknesses:    Is not possible to fly! :(

Bottom Line:   
If you need, a fort, fast and bike Stronger, you deserve it!

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Favorite Trail:   Trail of Death in Cuzco

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   http://www.trilhabik

Similar Products Used:   Scott ASPECT 55 DISC 2009 - But in this model, we not have a Brakes Hydraulic only Mechanic. And in other point of view, in this model we have only 24 velocities. The KHS - Alite 1000 is Better than ASPECT 55 DISC 2009.

Bike Setup:   khs alite 1000 2010
Square of aluminium 6061
Fork rst Omega 100 mm hydraulic with lock out
Derailler rear sram x5
Brakes Bengal Helix 2.1 Disc. Hydraulic
27 velocities
Size 19"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JLaz a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2008

Strengths:    Great frame, can handle anything - especially hills, has survived many beatings and the handling has improved *tremendously* going from 100mm to 85mm with an upgraded fork.

Weaknesses:    Stock fork is absolute crap (Spinner Grind OS2 100mm), stock saddle (WTB Speed V) is crap as well - it's a cheap OEM version of the real thing; it bent out of shape for no reason within one month - i'm only 165lbs!!! Derailleur hanger can bend with little force but thats your own fault if it bends!

Bottom Line:   
Awesome entry level XC bike once you get past the cheap fork and saddle on the 2007 model. KHS developed the 2008 model with the Rock Shox Dart 1 100mm fork - should be much better than the Spinner crap fork. Skip the 2007 model and you'll get a great bike for a little higher of a price but it's still a good price for what you get.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Iron City Bikes

Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 1000 frame; Marzocchi MX Comp Air 85mm; Can Creek A-head headset; SRAM X7 front, SX5 rear, SX5 Triggers; Truvativ Braze cranks; Truvativ Howitzer BB; Hayes MX4 disc brakes; SRAM chain; Shimano PD-M520 clipless; Panaracer Fire XC Pros; Titec Micros bar ends

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Raymund Alova a Cross Country Rider from Iloilo City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2008

Strengths:    Very light in weight, affordable price and good geometry.

Weaknesses:    Paint easily scratched...

Bottom Line:   
Limited colors available but very reliable and strong frame. Value for money. Comparable to other high end frames in weight, durability and geometry. Highly recommended for new bikers still learning the tricks of the trade. 5 chilis for its value relative to the price I paid for it.

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Favorite Trail:   any on Guimaras Island

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Gea's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   None so far...

Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 1000 frame, RST Gila Pro TnL fork, Shimano Alivio group set (V-brake), Ameoba handle bar, AlexRims DC19, Kenda Koyote Tyres.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Henry a Cross Country Rider from Montreal, Que, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2008

Strengths:    Decent Geometry. Front fork

Weaknesses:    Absolutely rubbish bike! Stock components are terrible. Dérailleur hanger is too soft and will bend even if the bike is leaned on the right side. Stock rims will warp if you plan on jumping, going over logs or rocks. Stock disc breaks as mechanical and need constant adjusting every ride, particularly if you plan on taking the wheels off. Bring a multi tool or you are screwed. Stock seat will make you sterile.

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER PURCHASING THIS P.O.S. You will regret it. If you are planning on getting an entry level go with Kona, Rockey mountain or Specialized. The Alite 1000 is a very poorly manufactured bike and KHS should be embarrassed about this mistake. I, for one will never consider KHS for anything and will not recommend it to anybody.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Ski Pro Shop

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dawg, Specialized rockhopper, Brody Alpha


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grady a Weekend Warrior from Boston, Massachusetts, US of A

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2007

Strengths:    Workhorse bike, great frame, weight

Weaknesses:    Components were a bit suspect stock, but for this price it's best to have a good frame and upgrade-able components

Bottom Line:   
It's a great, strong as an ox bike. I've not been too kind to it over the years, taking her off picnic tables, etc., and she was even full on run over by someone's car and all that was needed was a new rear wheel. Highly recommended.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock 2002 (now my Park/DJ bike)

Bike Setup:   2001 KHS Alite 1000
Shimano Deore rear derailleur
Specialized Enduro/Panaracer Fire tire combo
Diamondback pin/platform pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joel a Weekend Warrior from Upper Midwest

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2007

Strengths:    Real solid frame, prety light, decent fork, quick shifts, disc brakes, not too spendy...

Weaknesses:    bb sucked, the tires weren't very grippy, seat hurts the bum.

Bottom Line:   
Ok, So This is a solid bike. It is my first "good" mountain bike. The price is low, and it's got a great bang for the buck factor. Some things wore out, but that's to be expected with any bike you ride hard for a couple of years. It has survived 4 foot drops, big stair sets, crashing into trees, and everything I have thrown at it. Although i weigh about 140 soaking wet, i can dish out a good beating. Since buying it, it has had a lot of upgrades, but it's a fast machine, and climbs like a goat. If you are looking for a good cross country ride, here you go...If you are looking to do some urban riding, this was not designed for that, but I asure you, She'll put up with that too with no complaining.

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Favorite Trail:   Levis Mound

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $530.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   friends GF marlin, other friends rides, but i like mine best so far.

Bike Setup:   barely anything is left stock...
Race Face Evolve DH Cranks
Sram chain & cassette
other bike parts...

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thomas a Cross Country Rider from THE "D"

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2006

Strengths:    The bike has held up very well for a 240lb rider. I was skeptical to say the least but haven't been let down yet.

Weaknesses:    Could have better quality discs and saddle, tires didnt have the tred i thought they should have.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good beginner bike for me. Since I have only been into a few months I am always looking for something new. I may look into a 29 this winter.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   A very bad Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Looked at the Cannondale F400, the Giant Rincon, Specialized Hardrock Comp

Bike Setup:   Basically stock replaced bb after blowing the cheap one that came stock, replaced peddles immendiately with toe cages then went to Shimano 898 clipless (awesome) aire gel seat from nashbar, WTB Tires, Had it powdercoated two weeks after purchase, didnt like the red and white.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Bishop a Weekend Warrior from Holt

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2006

Strengths:    As someone who is just beginning to ride this is a great bike to start with. The price is very good and so far the bike has held up very good. After a year or so when i start to become a better rider i will upgrade to a better bike but for a beginer it works.

Weaknesses:    The only thing is the stock pedals you may want to upgrade. My feet are always slipping off.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is i think when you review a product you need to look at the whole thing and a big part of my review is always remembering what i payed for this bike. My 2nd bike that i will buy this winter will have better brakes and better shocks but will cost twice as much as this bike. So bottom line is for a beginer bike i am glad i went with this bike if i ended up not likeing to ride not a big deal im out 450 bucks but this is a great bike to train on before you spend thousands

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   holt pro cyclery

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   still all stock(even the pedals)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Samuel a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, On, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap, strong, light, good parts...

Weaknesses:    Front shocks are too soft

Bottom Line:   
Very good quality for that price, reliable, strong (180 lbs) and it survived many drops over 4 ft..

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse Warrior + Rogue...

Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 1000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Travis P a Weekend Warrior from Kalispell, MT, USA

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, Strong frame, and decent components. Hayes mechanical disk brakes are pretty good. Very good value for the price. I've put this bike through more than its probably built for, and its still in perfect working order.

Weaknesses:    Seat starts to hurt your ass after a while, and pedals are kind of crappy. Fork is decent, but could be better, but this is on the 04 model, they may have upgraded stuff by now.

Bottom Line:   
Very good value for the money being a fairly light bike, with decent components and disk brakes. Good bike for someone who is just getting into mountain bikeing and wants to do some trail riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Pig Farms

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Sunshine Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Kona Blast, Trek 4300

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for better pedals.

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