KHS Alite 500 2003 Hardtail

4/5 (9 Reviews)

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Kristopher a Downhiller from Easthampton, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    Decent frame

Weaknesses:    Everything else

Bottom Line:   
The bike worked well for about a year, but after any heavy riding it goes to hell. I've replaced the drive train twice with zero improvment. Bike is very incompatiable with new componentry. Don't get fooled into thinking buying new parts is going to solve your problems. Ive spent at least $400 trying to get the drive train working properly. Waste of money, just buy a new bike. Fork also died after first year of hard riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. A, ME

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Easthampton Bike

Bike Setup:   LX/XT, SRAM cassette, Shimano cranks/BB

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cohen Hewitt from Canada

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2005

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Its an excellent bike for trail riding or for going big as I do. (6 footers still no prob)

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Favorite Trail:   Black Diamond

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Bike Setup:   i only changed the front suspension fork, I do a lot of jumping, so I installed a Marzocchi Z1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by john wolfgram a Cross Country Rider from livey

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2004

Strengths:    lots

Weaknesses:    breaks are the troble for me

Bottom Line:   
I think the breaks

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Favorite Trail:   north shore

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   pinacle sports

Similar Products Used:   KHS alite 500

Bike Setup:   mea

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tim Hawkins a Weekend Warrior from Sheridan,Wy USA

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2004

Strengths:    Withstands hard riding to a point, smooth ride, handles good

Weaknesses:    The seat-post, the grip shifters, and the rims, I only wiegh in the 130-135 range and I got them all tweaked to hell

Bottom Line:   
Good bike no doubt about. Good investment for urban riders and mountain trail rides.

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Favorite Trail:   Tounge River Canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $329.00

Purchased At:   Cloud Peak Mountain Sports

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   Panaracer FIRETRAIL tires, Sun Rims, Manitou Shock absorber, gripshifters and ? derailer,etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Reid a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2004

Strengths:    This bike is great for beginners - it's easy to handle, and it takes a tonne of punishment! The fork (Manitou Six) isn't the best fork on the market, but it's taken all the punishement I could dish out, and come back for more!

Weaknesses:    Low quality Deore shifters - even after a tune up at the bike shop, the rear shifters change gears slowly and reluctantly. The seat is just some foam no-name, and isn't very comfortable.

Bottom Line:   
For the money, this bike is unbeatable! It doesn't have the best components on the market, but taken as a whole, this bike is perfect for the beginner rider. The shocks handle all bumps, jumps and dips with ease, and the brakes are nice and strong. The only downsides to this bike are the crappy stock seat and the low-end Deore shifters. Replace those two components, and you've got a wikked bike that can handle anything you throw at it!

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Favorite Trail:   Charlottenburgh Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Cyclogik

Similar Products Used:   Kona Fire Mountain, Norco Wolverine

Bike Setup:   Replaced cheap stock seat with a Selle Italia (bought used for $30.00!) Everything else is stock; I bent the front cogs when I fell off a log run, but that's been replaced by a Truativ crank/cog set (same as stock). Future upgrades: new Shimano gears; possibly a new fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Cok a Weekend Warrior from Lyons Oregon USA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2004

Strengths:    products are considered crappy in the component world--- but they do a decent job at holding up... want more performance--- buy an upgrade.

Weaknesses:    uhh.... well stock it is good for bending and breaking axels like my homie owen said--- (see below) and uh... well. when i first got it, i weighed like 120-125 ish lbs so it held up real nice untill the axels started busting.

Bottom Line:   
Great for beginers. uh. but ive also seen dirt jumper bikes with only a better fork than this bike and thats the only better part besides like wheels and junk. For the $300 that you pay it kicks ass.

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Favorite Trail:   the one in my backyard

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $329.00

Purchased At:   mtb's plus

Similar Products Used:   hehehehehehe

Bike Setup:   hehe... uh... mavic 221 whell in back with shimano deore hub and shimano cassette, truvativ hussefelt crank with truvativ bottom bracket, those queer panaracers with red lines, kore riser bar, easton ea50 seat post, selle italia seat which hurts my ass. oh yea and those gay freeriding pedals. and the best of all---- a black water bottle holder.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by owen a Weekend Warrior from mill city, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2004

Strengths:    For under 400 bucks everything. it holds up to anything i dish out( so far). Great for a begginer or a light person(stock)

Weaknesses:    The weakest back axle i have ever seen. i went through 5 steel axles and 2 chromoly axles before i bought a cassette wheel. The components aren't very good but they get you started.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bike to start for a foundation. you can buy this bike and ride it and buy upgrades as you go. i wieght 240lbs!!! and i am taking 4-5 foot drops on a regular basis. so for all you light bodies out there with a couple upgrades it will impress even some of the more experienced riders.

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Favorite Trail:   my own

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $329.00

Purchased At:   rc plus

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Sun rim, new truvativ crank and isis bottom bracket, converted to 24 speed.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darrin Tinsley a Weekend Warrior from Flat Rock, NC

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2003

Strengths:    Cost, frame. It is hard to find a decent hardtail for $300 to $400, but KHS has the idea here. I bought my wife the Alite300 and the 500 for myself. These bikes are fantastic for beginning mountain bikers.

Weaknesses:    Components ... specifically those blasted grip shifters.

Bottom Line:   
Can't beat the price. I have really ridden mine hard (for an amateur) and it has held up extremely well.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock .. added a front fender.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PATRICK a Cross Country Rider from OTTAWA,ONTARIO

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2003

Strengths:    Good cross country frame, light and tough, looks good, good

Weaknesses:    Components suck, but you get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
Good frame, light and tough, good price, but the components
suck, the complete bike (with original accessories) is perfect for mom and dad that know nothing about mountain bikes or as a good beginer bike for the cost woried, but
if you swap the components like i did (just needed the
frame), it will make a good bike (if you got a good deal). Obviously not the ultimate bike but for the price, you can't go wrong.

Although this frame worked great for me, i am changing this
frame for a Kona Scrap this winter, need something stronger,
but i'll make a bike for my girl friend with this khs.

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Favorite Trail:   local

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Bike Setup:   2002 khs alite 500 frame, striped the original accessories
and swapped them for: rock shox duke sl 100mm, radical stem,
axiom bars,lx brake levers with rear brake booster,grip
shift, louis garneau short grips, sts aheadset, xt front &
xtr rear derailleurs, lx v-brakes, titec dh seat post,
shimano cartridge bb, fsa crank, black spire big ring
protector(took out the big ring and fit protector in it's place), radical dh pedals with spd, sun rhyno lite rims with deore hubs.

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