Weaknesses: Front fork braks down immediately. The brakes are awful. Simply awful.
After returning the first one I bought for 3 rather big problems (see under "weaknesses") in 1 week, I got a new one. It had same problems.
The man selling them said it was the worst model he ever had in his shop, and that he fork breaks down more often than not, and that brakes are awful and that nothing can be done about it. He told me to take any other bike, or take my money. It was nice that he was so honest.
I recommend buying any bike but this one. Jamis has nice (and excellent!) bikes for that money, and also Norco and Haro. Alternatively, save more than half the money and buy one of the low-quality supermarket bikes. You'll have the same thing for less money.
Similar Products Used: Jamis Trail X3, Norco Kathmandu, Kona Fire Mountain
Bike Setup: Shop setup
a Weekend Warrior
from Boise, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2009
Strengths: Cheap, durable, and certainly not the heaviest bike around.
Weaknesses: Not the lightest bike either. This bike also exhibits a lot of bob on the rear suspension when you are trying to power up a hill. And if you are over seven feet tall, the seat post will be perfect.
This bike is as cheap as a full-suspension bike gets. It weights about 33 lbs and can do everything your Ellsworth can do (not saying that Ellsworth does not make some incredible bikes, but in the end, they both have two wheels, full suspension, and a bunch of gears in between). I weigh in at 250 lbs and I have not been easy on this bike, but it has never faltered.
Plus this bike is so inexpensive, that you don't lose any sleep over whether tomorrow is the day it gets stolen, or the next ride is the one that will snap the frame in half. Just go buy another one.
If you're in the market for an Ellsworth, Knolly, Giant, Trek, etc., good for you! They all make some meticulously engineered and all-around fabulous bikes. Or, for a little less money, you can buy one of these KHS bikes . . .for every day of the week.
Favorite Trail: Anywhere theres bush everywhere lol
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: Bike Shop
Similar Products Used: My first decent bike
Bike Setup: 07 KHS Fxt Trail, RST Gila fork, Fox Float R, Maxxis Ignitor front tire, Maxxis Crossmark Exception Series rear tire, Mankind Red Grips, Cane Creek headset.
a Weekend Warrior
from Manteca, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2007
Strengths: Price for a FS. I really wanted a full suspension bike and after a lot of looking this was a good one that fit into my price range at 460 or so after tax which is enormous around here. It's built real well, solid as a rock, definitely not afraid to ride the crap out of it. I'm in love with this bike. It looks real mean too, especially after I put a new fork on it.
Weaknesses: The suspension isn't amazing. The rear shock is ok, doesn't need to be replaced straight off, but first of all I couldn't get the fork to travel anywhere for the life of me (I only weigh 135 or so and it wasn't worth being sprung down) so I decided to replace it with a Marzocchi MX Pro. That decision paid off even more after the stock fork broke for the second time just hopping and riding urban. The seat tube was WAY too long but that's a simple cut.
A killer bike for the money, be prepared to replace the fork eventually though, as expected with a bike at this price. Really proud of the bike as a whole.
Similar Products Used: Haven't found anything similar yet, but I used to ride a 5 or 6 year old Hotrock that was way too big, haha
Bike Setup: '07 KHS FXT Trail with a Marzocchi MX Pro on it, WTB VelociRaptors, changing the cranks next
a Weekend Warrior
from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007
Strengths: comfortable suspension, good gearing, handles nicely, looks great, the more I ride it the better the basic quality appears. Front disc brake is fantastic.
Weaknesses: seat post is miles too long. I'm 5' 9 and it is too long - I feel like I'm 10 feet up getting slapped in the face by trees. Luckily the shop shortened it for me (perhaps too much hah). The changedown trigger does not conform to the feel of the changeup trigger -it takes a lot more effort. The rear brake is currently unlockable, not a hassle on the road but annoying on the dirt. I'm told it is a bedding in issue (disk brake).
A nice alternative to chainstore cheapo bikes for not much more cash. THe basic quality is all there. I plan to upgrade the shifters and brakes when I get better (pfft if that ever happens) as I cannot see the point in paying for another frame when the basic machine is so sound. A sweet bike for those who want to learn without spending a fortune on something they may not enjoy, but want something which is a quality item.
Similar Products Used: Dunlop Expedition (POS). Mongoose something or other.
Bike Setup: lower end Shimano triggers, winzip discs, Mozo rear, GrinderOS fork, WTB saddle.
a Weekend Warrior
from Port Richey, FL
Date Reviewed: November 4, 2005
Strengths: Cheap, clean workmanship, has a good 'feel' to it.
Weaknesses: The seatpost is insanely long, turns my 'small' fxt into a medium/large. Wheels are soft
I got this bike at a dirt cheap price thanks to a couple of kids who sat on it at my LBS(while it was on the stand), broke the stand and took the bike with it. The derailler hanger was slightly bent, the wheels are slightly out of true. I wanted to give my review on the stock bike before I tear this thing down and give it all my deore/xt componentry.
First impression: Jeebuss..I am 5'4", this is labeled "small"...why in the HELL am I having to pull my pants up to my crotch and do a urkel just to get on the damn thing. The seatpost is TOO long. Wish I had a pipe cutter..
After riding: Nice, smooth ride..I was so amazed..I was a dyed in wool hardtail only rider till I rode this. hitting a 5 inch curb and just kinda bobbing over it felt so good..I bought it right then and there. Quickly I realized -everything- was out of adjustment. This is a moot point, most lbs's will tune everything before they sell it..but circumstances prevented it this time..good thing I'm good at adjusting derailers and brakes.
On the way home I noticed the wheels are a little out of true. Thats sad, this is a brand new bike and the wheels are out of true? I KNOW that kid didn't take the bike down -that- hard..
After getting it home: Weighed it on my bathroom scale. The first reading was 30lbs, but the scale seemed a bit off. After a readjustment it weighed 28lbs. Heh, thats the easiest way to make a bike lighter..yup.
SO, um, yea, that bottom line...this is a great bike if your playing around with the idea of going full suspension for the first time or are just getting into bicycling. Its well made, and is very affordable. A great beater bike to get around town, especially if your part of town isn't nicely paved and manicured..
Similar Products Used: None, this is my first full suspension
a Cross Country Rider
from Knoxville, TN
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2005
Strengths: Well built cross country bike for the money. Smooth ride for a sub $500 full suspension bike.
Weaknesses: Wish it had disk breaks, but can't complain because I only paid $400 for the bike. For $200 I could retrofit it with disks because the frame is disk compatible, and still have a great bike at a great price.
Great bike for a great price. Really can't complain because I only spent $400. I can now afford a more expensive bike, but I think I'll keep this one for a few more years. I have had the bike for a year now and have not had any problems.
hello, i'm new here & i'm from the philippines planning to purchase an entry level FS bike, & no.1 on my list is the KHS FXT '08 model. any advise or info about this bike you can share with me i would really appreciate it. for the price it cost here in our currency at 18,500pesos, that's around $380 ... Read More »
My LBS has 2 bikes that I have tested and I like them both. Any thought on either the Diamondback Coil EX 2007 and the KHS FXT Trail 2007. Both of these bikes are $390-$400 and appear to be lower end of the full suspension bikes that come from name brands. They felt similar with the KHS feeling a b ... Read More »