KHS XC 904R 2002 Full Suspension

4.4/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $2999.00


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Michael Reeves a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2004

Strengths:    Light, and climbs well. A delight to ride

Weaknesses:    The seat post tube sheared in half after 11 months, just below the weld for the Rear Shock Mount. Interesting that another rider on this page has broken a frame X 2

Bottom Line:   
I loved riding this bike, and I am very disappoint that the frame failed. Seems like a design problem. The break appears to be a result of the seat tube flexing, failing under load just below the rear shock mount. The frame broke not as a result of a big hit, but normal cross country riding. I first noticed problems with gear changes, 10 minutes latter the frame went, looks like it cracked first then sheared in half. I am 88 KG so maybe the bike is not strong enough for bigger riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Toolangi

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dawg Delux, Previously Kona hard tail - Caldera Frame.

Bike Setup:   FSA Cranks, Tompson Head Stem/ Seat Post, King head Set, Discs, Sun Rhino Lite Rims with Areal Hubs. Fox Float AVA RLC rear and Fox Float RL Front Shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derek from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2003

Strengths:    Super light, great components, race ready

Weaknesses:    Stock seat is pretty painful

Bottom Line:   
Great bike overall and an awesome value given the components. Wasn't competely confident purchasing a lesser known brand but was pleasantly surprised with KHS. Would definitely recommend to adv. racers or folks looking for a top notch bike at a decent price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek, K2

Bike Setup:   WTB Stealth seat

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeremy Neal a Cross Country Rider from Oxford, OH

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2003

Strengths:    Lightweight, very fast, good components.

Weaknesses:    Broke two frames already, 2 year warranty. Broke WTB pedals in less than a week. Expensive if you have to pay full price.

Bottom Line:   
This was a great bike for the money I paid. Although, I broke 2 frames in less than 6 months, and I don't ride it that hard. I don't know that others are having this problem?? Warranty only covers 2 years, though KHS has been good about warranty replacements. I will likely move up to a tougher bike now like a Trek Liquid.

Swing arm bolts hit the frame if you bottom out the suspension, leaving two little dents. Fixed on the 2003 model though.

This is a great bike otherwise. Extremely fast and race ready. No pedal feedback. Climbs anything that can be climbed. Not meant for abusive riding though.

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Favorite Trail:   Heuston Woods

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   bikerbob.com

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   Stock 2002 setup - XT/XTR, Easton carbon, Avid Ti, Rock Shox SID.....what more can you say

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amy from Manchester, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2003

Strengths:    super light. super cheap. great climber and descender. welds look super beefy. geommetry works perfect for me.

Weaknesses:    not many. at first i wasn't diggin the pearly white color, but now i think it's pretty pimpin

Bottom Line:   
great bike @ a great price

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   traded in as crash replacement frame

Similar Products Used:   khs team st

Bike Setup:   sid in the front, mavic 517s w/ xt hubs, wtb laser v, xtr rear, xt front, xt cassette, avid arch rival brakes, salsa shaft seatpost, raceface cranks and riser bar, time pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nonoy a Weekend Warrior from Philippines

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight, cool looks, super affordable!!!

Weaknesses:    none so far!!

Bottom Line:   
Got only the frame and built it up from scratch with the help from my dealer..Thanks to him!! using hydraulic discs was the way to go.. the frame handles so nimble on rough terrain, super light considering the cost i paid for it compared to other frames that are super expensive and still as light... overall, this bike rules!! and hope people see that even this bike will make you run fast without selling your house to get a super rig like this... super underrated!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   YKK Trading

Similar Products Used:   GT i-drive, Cannondale Jekyll

Bike Setup:   Duke forks, XT hydraulic brakes, UST rims w/ hutchinson scorpion tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by serge spinato a Cross Country Rider from lyon , France

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2002

Strengths:    great geometry for both racers and trail riders

Weaknesses:    not a free ride bike - 31,6mm seatpost sizing - 73mm bottom bracket shell

Bottom Line:   
active suspension . no bob with rock shox recommended sid rear XC air tunings , slight bob with enduro air tunings . in very hard climbs , some tendency to wheelie if not seated on the nose of the saddle . very good descender . medium size,18" seat tube,23"top tube length,13"bottom bracket eight,17"chainstays,42.5"wheelbase,70°head angle,71°seat angle . purchased as frame only 762euros

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Favorite Trail:   monts du lyonnais , monts d'or

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   streak'x france

Bike Setup:   marzo xfly80 ,hutchinson python gold ,mavic cross max ,ritchey WCS 120mm 6° stem ,ti 560mm 3°flat bar ,30mm offset seatpost ,avid arch rival

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Arlinghaus a Racer from Indianapolis,IN,USA

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2002

Strengths:    Efficient Dual Suspension for race oriented performance

Weaknesses:    None for the Cross country racer. This is not a Freeride bike.

Bottom Line:   
I was a Hard Tail hold out, and finally decided to try Full Suspension. I was really surprised how much faster I can ride on this bike. The suspension is efficient on climbs, and loves technical climbing. In last weekend's race, I made up huge gaps on technical sections of the course.

You should buy this bike if you want a fast racing bike at a reasonable price. You should look elsewhere if you want massive travel or the latest, most expensive suspension gimmicks.

This is a great bike and a reasonable price.

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Favorite Trail:   Tea Creek MTN (WV)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Bikerbob.com

Similar Products Used:   KHS Alite 4000, Litespeed Obed, Schwinn Homegrown

Bike Setup:   RockShock Sid SL, Titec bars, Rockshox Sid SL, Thompson post and Stem, FSA Orbit Headset, Flite Saddle, XTR/Mavic Ceramic Wheels, XTR Drive Train / Brakes, and 959 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christopher Salice a Cross Country Rider from Nottingham, MD

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2002

Strengths:    super ride!, great geometry (for me), light weight, stiff, responsive, nice paint job!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Bought this as frame only when I got tired of the trek geometry. This geometry is better for me - shorter top tube on the large. This is one fantastic ride! Super smooth suspension with little or no bob and doesn't feel like you're on a trampeline. The sid shock has a rebound adjuster which actually works. I put this bike through several races and some pretty hard riding and it performs beyond my expectations. This has got to be one of the best values in a full supension frame. Hats off to KHS!!

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Favorite Trail:   patapsco avalon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Pikesville Hardware

Similar Products Used:   trek fuel 90, barracuda hardtail

Bike Setup:   duke sl fork, answer bars and stem, xt drive, xtr r. der., avid Ti brakes and levers, flite saddle, thompson post, crank bros pedals, bontrager mustang wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Sacramento

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002

Strengths:    Value and performance. Excellent geometry.

Weaknesses:    Not super, super light. About 5lbs. with shock. Very good fit and finish, but room for imporvement for lighter weight. Bottom bracket shell is not butted. Dropouts are thick and solid.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is very impressive. A great value. KHS claims 3.25" travel. It felt like around 3" at first. Then I switched to the higher leverage setting on the swing arm/shock mount and it feels more like 4". An awsome value for an efficent horst link race bike. No bob. No extavigant price tag. Beautiful paint.

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Favorite Trail:   Procupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Peak Adventures

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Giant,...you name it I get to ride all the bikes at the trade show.

Bike Setup:   Purchased as frame only. Marathon 100, XTR, Truvative, custom 28H WTB wheel set, Ti axle/skewers/FH/bolt kit, a true 24.8lbs complete

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danny Ben Menachem a Racer from Israel

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Strengths:    Very Lightweight, no bobbing, very fast on single tracks, great on uphill

Weaknesses:    Not found any weaknesses as of yet

Bottom Line:   
Suprising full suspension bike - behaves like hard tail racer with rear suspension. Very easy to adjust the suspension for weight, speed and trail.
The easiest move from years of KHS Hard tail racing to this new Full Suspension KHS Product

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Favorite Trail:   Jerusalem Mountains

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   KHS ISRAEL

Similar Products Used:   KHS FXT PRO
KHS ALITE 3000


Bike Setup:   Full XT, on Mavic X517, Manitou- Mars Elite 02, Rear Shock - Rockshox - Sid Race, Easton CT2 seat post, Easton stand, Race face bar, SLR saddle, Crank Bros pedals, tyre - corratec - semi slicks, XTR V Brakes

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2003 khs xc 904r

Now I'm just wondering, I bought this bike because it was superlightweight and was fast as hell on the trails, but recently I've been abusing the hell out of it and riding a LOT harder. I want to toughen it up a bit, and maybe ditch the 27 gears. Any advice on this? Single speed crank? Ri ... Read More »

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