KHS Alite 500 2003 Hardtail

3.91/5 (22 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PeeWeeBiKeR a Weekend Warrior from toronto

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2009

Strengths:    thisbike is amazing, i couldnt give an exact retail price because i bought mine used. the air you can get with this bike is amazing! bike is super light and strong.

Weaknesses:    NOTHING :)

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   someguys house

Similar Products Used:   norco katmandu- alite 4k is better!


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jack a Cross Country Rider from Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2008

Strengths:    Frame and fork are the only decent things on this bike

Weaknesses:    Everything! Derailleur hanger is manufactured out of aluminum that is too soft. Even resting the bike on it will bend the hanger. I have gone through 5 of them so far!

Stock SRAM rear derailleur is made of plastic and will shatter the first time it sees a log or rock. I upgraded it to an X8 but i am still not happy with it. Avoid SRAM at all costs and go with Shimano. You will not regret it.

Stock Disc brakes are garbage. Tolerances are too tight. If you decide to tighten your quick release your brakes will start to rub while you are riding.

For every hour of riding you do be prepared to spend at least two hours fixing this pile of junk. I am pretty good at fixing bikes so I feel sorry for a person who owns this bike and does not know what they are doing.


Bottom Line:   
Go with a better brand for an entry level bike. KHS needs to do something about the components they use on their entry level bikes. If you plan on doing any XC riding DO NOT get this bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Rockcliffe

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Ski Pro Shop

Similar Products Used:   K2, Brody, Haro entry level bikes

Bike Setup:   Ski Pro shop.

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:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andrew guillotte a Weekend Warrior from columbia, MO, USA

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2004

Strengths:    Price. 7005 aluminum frame.

Weaknesses:    non-adjustable fork

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. Only 7 series aluminum frame I could find in the price range. The first night I bought it I spent 3 hours adjusting the front derailluer, but now it shifts great. I haven't had any problems with the rear. The brakes seem to working fine. I am a beginner that loves sinlge track riding. I tend to be kinda aggressive and get in a little over my head sometimes, but the bike has been able to handle anything I have tried to do to it. Perfect for a beginner.

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Favorite Trail:   Rock Bridge State Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Free Ride

Similar Products Used:   none. First mountain bike.

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cameron a Cross Country Rider from Socal

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004

Strengths:    Nice light frame, comes stock with good tires, the front fork (Rock Shox Pilot C) is awesome, it takes on anything.

Weaknesses:    Paint does scratch a little easily, but that's just cosmetic. I've been having some trouble with my rear derailer but it isn't the stock one so I can't complain, it just needs a little adjusting. The back brake came lose on a long ride, so I had to stop and adjust it, no biggy though.

Bottom Line:   
Bottum line is that this bike is really good for it's price, will take what you throw at it, it's an excellent choice for beginner to intermediate riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything that is fun

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Switchback Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Kona Blast, Trek 4600, Trek 4900, Jamis Dakar

Bike Setup:   Pilot C fork, Shimano Deore rear derailers.

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:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Cross Country Rider from Deep River, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2004

Strengths:    Kickass Shocks, brakes, gears, cranks,tires, and, good tough and light frame

Weaknesses:    ive only had ive only had one problem with this bike and that is the back rim got a little bent and the back brakes are'nt quite set up properly but was all easily fixable

Bottom Line:   
this is an awesome bike for a beginer-intermediate rider. i have taken it off 4-5 foot drops and it took them easily and the front fork didnt even come close to botteming out. Recomended to anyone who wants to take it off anything big but not too big. The bottem line is it is an awesome bike with great value 10/10 in my books

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Favorite Trail:   Deep River F-loop and D-loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   Ottawa Cycle-logic

Similar Products Used:   specialized hardrock, brodie omega, and kona blast . i tried them all but in the end found that this was your best bet

Bike Setup:   kore handle bares, truvativ five d cranks, Awesome RockShox Pilot front fork, Powertools grips, hubs, and v-brakes, shimano shifters, and great panaracer fire xc pro tires,

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:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Jensen a Weekend Warrior from Kunsan AB South Korea

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2003

Strengths:    Quick nimble handling, light frame and mostly decent components. Great bang for the buck!

Weaknesses:    stock drivetrain components leave something to be desired. guess that is what i get for the price range.

Bottom Line:   
great bike for minimal price. had problems with bottom bracket and headset seal right off the bat. were easily fixed with some oil and a little tightening. have had lots of great rides with minimal problems. great tires and setup for stock bike. if you are looking for a cheap low maintenance ride on a short budget this is the ticket.

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Favorite Trail:   helicopter hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   LBS Kunsan City

Similar Products Used:   specialized hard rock

Bike Setup:   pilot c shock, xtr rear der, pazazz seatpost/

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

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003

Strengths:    Very reasonable price. Solid frame, not much different from top of the line Alite series frames. Mozo fork can probably handle 10 ft. drops. Good brake feel when set up properly.

Weaknesses:    Components as entry-level as it gets. Mozo 120's are incredibly stiff even for a +/-180 pound rider, like myself.

Bottom Line:   
It's perfect for those who are new or want to get back into the sport after a long hiatus. It has a very good frame with entry-level components that you can upgrade little by little depending on your need for more dependable gear. Overall, it's a bike that serves it's purpose and grows with you as you get better.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   '92 Schwinn Impact, Sierra, '97 Klein Pulse Pro

Bike Setup:   Upgraded Titec Berzerkr Seat, WTB Grips, Bontrager Race Crankset, Shimano Alivio Front/Rear, Free Agent Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marcel a Racer from Pretoria

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

Strengths:    Very light and stiff! Responds well if you put the hammer down out of the corners. I'm a sponsored racer, but I know how much it retails for and nothing comes close.

Weaknesses:    Top tube should be welded in line with the seat stays, that will increase its strenght. Broke at seatstay, BUT will be replaced after I wrote this review of a great bike.

Bottom Line:   
I rode a Cannondale Scalpel last year and miss the rear suspension, but the the KHS makes up in its responsiveness out of the corners. Climbs GREAT! You can't get better for the price! Great deal.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Sponsered

Similar Products Used:   Name it, I rode it.

Bike Setup:   Magura Marta disc brakes( So good and light) Marzocchi fork (not the lightest, but you will have no trouble at all) Truvative Stylo Team (Shifts bettr than anything I tested, chose it above new XTR) XT shifters( Hate the new XTR, must be a reason the pros aren't racing it) XTR rear D. Mavic Crossmax Disc, Time ATAC.

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