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Kish Fabrication Custom Steel Frame XC Hardtail

5/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

All mountain bike frames are built one at a time, not in batches. Each one is unique - built for a specific rider with specific needs.

Also invisible but significant: A machined reinforcing sleeve is pressed and welded in to line the top of the seat-tube, effectively butting the top few inches of the seat-tube. Other builders merely drop in an aluminum shim.

Tube dimensions and geometry are chosen specifically for each rider, so whether you’re five-two or a Clydesdale, your bike will give you the performance you expect from a Kish.

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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vodkamike3 a Cross Country Rider from Oakland CA

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2009

Strengths:    It was made for me, eye catching, no one else has this bike!

Weaknesses:    ....

Bottom Line:   
Sweet ass ride. Great response on the trail and amazing cornering.

I used to have trouble finding a bike that fit me. Either my seatpost was way in the air, or the top tube was rammed up my jimmy. Jim made all of that go away, and it fits like a glove. + lead time was 2 months and I was able to got to SLO ride for the day and get fit by JK himself. What a deal

Get one.

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Favorite Trail:   Mailbox

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   direct

Similar Products Used:   Richey Niti, Stumpy, NOMAD

Bike Setup:   X9, thompson, fox, mavic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Colin a Cross Country Rider from Paso, CA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2007

Strengths:    Telepathic handling, absorbs bumps well, accelerates like a rocket

Weaknesses:    Lasts so long I can't justify buying another!

Bottom Line:   
This is just a great bike; it does everything very well and extremely fun to ride. Very lively handling but everything is so well designed that it is totally stable at speed. I rode this bike almost everyday for 2 years when I lived in Sonoma county and loved it. Bump absorption is great, I didn't even miss my dually. I also have a Kish Ti road bike that I love. The only problem I see is that these bikes last so long I can't justify getting new ones every couple years!
Dealing with the builder is super easy, Jim is very knowledgeable and is very good at fitting you and designing the frame with your preferences in mind. What I asked for is exactly what I ended up with. This bike cost just a bit more than some generic made-in-Taiwan bike but is worth double!

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Favorite Trail:   my secret

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Direct

Bike Setup:   Kish steel single speed, Paul hubs, Avid BB7's, fox

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Cross Country Rider from San Luis Obispo

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2007

Strengths:    Steel Single Speed harttail, 15.75 inch minimum chainstays and still tire clearance for a real 2.3" tire. 3.9 pound 17 inch frame is super responsive. The handling like all 4 of my Kish bikes is superb... The bike handles like it's on rails. Reynolds 853 tubes have proven to be very dent resistent. The bike is built to the exact size specifications I requested. I couldn't be happier with this bike.

Weaknesses:    Powder coating is green friendly and durable, but limits color options and matching.

Bottom Line:   
Jim Kish makes excellent frames that look good and are durable. You'd expect that from any custom builder, but his frames also handle like no other bikes I've ridden. They are stable, smooth, and predictable. This is true with a variety of fork, stem and tire combinations. I don't know how he does it, or even if he knows how, but it is what it is.

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Favorite Trail:   South Bay

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Kish Fabrication

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Toccoa, Merlin XLM, Jamis Dragon,Ibis Mojo (both old steel and new carbon) Many other FS bikes.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 100mm fork, Pauls hubs/brakes, King, Thompson, White Industries cranks and freewheel, WTB Rocket saddle, RF carbon bars.

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