KHS AM 1000 All Mountain Full Suspension

-Alloy 4-bar linkage frame with sealed bearing pivots and a Fox Vanilla rear shock, adjustable travel to 4, 5 or 6"
-Marzocchi Dropoff 130mml
-FSA Pig headset
-27-speed drivetrain with Sram shifters and derailleurs
-WTB Weirwolf 26x2.3" tires
-TruVativ 5D cranks and TruVativ ISIS splined bottom bracket
-Hayes 8" cable disc brakes
-Truvativ riser bar, stem and seatpost

User Reviews (9)

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Drftn280zxt   Downhiller [Sep 29, 2009]
Strength:

Strong frame, great components, good suspension geometry. Very good for being flexible between XC and DH

Weakness:

Rear Air Shock does not handle DH abuse very well. Schrader valve started leaking just a few months after riding. Replaced with a coil over shock. Marzochhi AM4 fork is too stiff no matter what the air pressure combination you use. Not a good fork for rough terrain.

This is an excellent bike for a first time full-suspension rider. For a tame all mountain rig this is a bargain for all the high quality components. I modified my bike pretty quickly soon after purchasing. The AVID JUICY 3's with 6" rotors did not have sufficient power capabilities for my riding. This bike is a little on the heavy side for a XC rig. If you plan on occasionally riding downhill trails you can't go wrong with this bike. The six inches of specialized FSR travel is nice and plush and will comfortable soak up small drops and jumps. Ride with your rebound on the fork on the slow side and you will receive a fairly plush ride. This bike does everything its supposed to be able to do, and does it well. For costing about half of what a Santa Cruz Nomad does, you are getting a great bike you just don't get top shelf componentry and really plush suspension.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
judokid   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2008]
Strength:

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Weakness:

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Similar Products Used: z
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Rich   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2008]
Strength:

Tough as nails frame. Wheelset holds up to loads of abuse.

Weakness:

A little heavy for trail riding. The suspension takes a while to get right.

This is a great bike for hard pounding trail riding. The local trail is full of cypress roots and drops and this takes the punishment. I ride a hardtail sometimes and I keep going back to the KHS for the plush ride. I have yet to test it on some serious downhill, but am confident it would do great. An excellent bike for those looking to get into 6" of travel.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Ryan   [Jun 04, 2007]
Strength:

3 shock setings 4,5,6
looks cool
came with a headset pressed in
price

Weakness:

heavy but for 300.00 thats not much to complain about
and the paint chips

great frame it will take what I through at it and keep going
It was only 300.00 for it
get one

Similar Products Used: this is my first FS frame
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
kghag   [Apr 03, 2007]
Strength:

-price ($400 @ adrenalinebikes.com!!!)
-ride quality
-adjustable travel
-stealthy flat grey and black paint
-shock (see review of Pearl 3.1)
-suspension design

Weakness:

-finish
-not made on this continent

I have 6 rides on it now, on all different terrain everything from steep mountain climbs followed by technical descents to riverside side rollers. It rides as good as frames costing 3 times as much. The adjustable travel is convenient, it’s almost like you have 3 bikes in one. The Pearl 3.1 is a good feeling, highly adjustable shock. The finish is thin in places giving it a slightly blotchy appearance if you look real close, and it chips easily, but hey I ride the thing in the forest, not hang it on the wall and stare at it.
At $400 the frame is a steal. At twice the price it's still a good deal.
If your looking for a do it all FS frame, the KHS AM is the way to go.

Similar Products Used: -Mountain Cycle Slix (100mm travel, walking beam/faux 4 bar)
-Jamis Dakar (90mm travel, true 4 bar w/ horst link)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Matias   Weekend Warrior [May 15, 2007]
Strength:

Solid welds, 3 different travel settings, price.

Weakness:

Kinda heavy, paint job (design).

Do it all frame. When set to travel 5", behaves almost as a hardtail. Set it to 6" travel, and it'll take anything you throw at it. Entry level FS bike that can handle different riding styles. Can be used as an aggressive XC rig,a hardcore AM bike, or as a light freeriding machine. Great as a first FS bike. I'd recommend this bike to anyone.

Similar Products Used: First FS bike, had a Giant Rainier.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Rome   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2006]
Strength:

4-6" adjustable travel. nice welds. cartridge bearing rear suspension pivots. gusseted headtube. No annoying bobbing when pedaling!

Weakness:

Weight. This is a heavy frame.

I just built up this bike on Saturday, so I am going to test it out on the trail at Norm's Trails in Astoria OR. Test ridden around my house, and it is plush! Updated review to follow.

Similar Products Used: 99 DBR X2 (My first FS bike. The monkey motion was annoying.)
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Kevin   Cross Country Rider [Jul 14, 2006]

Updated Review- I am loving this bike. Lots of fun, nice and plush. VERY adjustable. Only indication that it is a cheaper frame is overall weight. Welds are nice and clean. I have a Marzocchi All Mountain SL fork with 130mm of travel and this seems to be a perfect fit. Read my review below for more details, I highly reccomend this bike.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Kevin   Cross Country Rider [Apr 20, 2006]
Strength:

inexpensive,great quality for the price,proven 4 bar suspension, changeable rear travel 4,5, or 6 inches,Fox VanillaR coil over rear shock

Weakness:

A little bit on the heavy side but at this price you can't have everything

So far this is a great bike. I bought it as a frame set (It was formerly built up, but not used) from bobs-bicycles.com and they could not have been any more helpful.They are also on E-Bay under the seller name betterbikes with a 99.9% rating.
When I got the frame, part of the included headset was missing. One phone call later and a new headset was on it's way.With this proven suspension design you can't go wrong. All in all it cost me $1700 to build this bike as specd here.Bob's installed the cranks and pressed the headset cups at no charge too. You can go to the KHS website and click on the 2005 link to see how this bike was origionally set up. I have upgraded everything except the wheelset here and the bike weighs about 33-35lbs.
I collected the parts over about two months and assembled the bike as I got the parts.If you are a biker on a budget, this is the way to go. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Similar Products Used: Klein Mantra owned, tested Ellsworth Id
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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