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I bought one of the $269 frame only specials from JensonUSA, a Ringle seatpost, and a WTB saddle, then swapped the rest of the parts from my other bike onto it. Still got some bugs to work out, but ain't it purty? :D

http://jon.beigetower.org/bike/khs 006.jpg

Already got a little dirt on it - I just got back from a quick ride around campus on it. Full suspension is new to me. I really like how it rides so far. It doesn't feel "squishy", but it soaks up well what bumps I could find.

This is also my first "built up from a frame" bike. I also discovered that in a bike build, there's all kinda goodies you gotta buy in addition to the major parts. My LBS likes me even tho I didn't buy any major parts from him. :p
 

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Awesome!

I was taking a look at those frames... your bike sure looks sweeter than the frame pic at Jenson's...

Now I wonder... if my Epic would like a KHS sister ;)

Enjoy your bike,
Cris
 

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I just picked up one of these

I went in for a 604 which is the same frame with better components but they only had one in medium, so they're transferring all the 604 components onto a large 204 frame for me, test rode the 204 in the car park and it feels really nice, I can't wait to get out on it.
 

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I started looking at KHS last year when Jenson had some XC504 frames cheap. Then when Jenson offered these frames right when I discovered I was getting a tax refund, it was hard not to get it!

I was tempted to build an urban monster starting with the Azonic Steelhead frame though. I would have had to buy basically everything though, what I've got is XC equipment and I couldn't afford a new fork, wheelset, and everything else too.
 

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Welp, I picked it up and I love it, even with my Clyde ass on it it's a joy to pedal, unlike my friend's FSR-XC, it's not as light as I thought, which helps inspire confidence in it, it's a nice piece of bike.

Can't wait to hit the trails on it tomorrow, dammit, this is going to be like the night before Christmas isn't it ?

Of course now I have to cycle it home, in the dark, with no lights :S
 

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Ok, well good news, it handles really nicely on dirt, climbs well, I was surprised how easily I was able to climb out of a few stream crossings, nothing too major but get it in the right gear and just power out (even in the wrong gear I was able to brute force my way out without too much complaining).

Handles my weight (260) well, shock's only up to 230 and doesn't bottom out or bounce when I'm pedalling, set the fork compression to about halfway, maybe more and it just soaks up the bumps, I'm loving it.

Bad news, the stock clipless pedals (the only non branded part basically) on the 604/204 blow, I wrecked one climbing out of a river, my foot launched into the air and drove my knee into the handlebar, ouch. Will be picking up a couple of mid-range shimano SPDs later in the week, meanwhile the guy at the bike store leant me his XTR clipless pedals so I can still ride :)
 

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Got the new pedals on it this afternoon, can't wait to try it out at the weekend :)

Been doing some regular cycling on it at lunchtimes to try to get used to the riding position, I'm not used to having to reach this far forward, my hardtail is much more upright.

It's all good though, I just need to get fitter :)
 

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Ok, been off road a few times on this feller, climbs really well, very little bob even with my Clyde ass on it (rear shock only pumped to around 230, I'm 260 in gear), very stiff frame, superb brakes.

Replaced the stock Kenda tires with Fire XCs and put my Specialized saddle on it, only problem I've found so far is I'm not sure the rims are up to my weight, so I might replace them with some Mavic 321s, but aside from that I'm a very happy camper.
 

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I have joined the xc204 club as well. Love it so far, but I still need a front der. It's hard to find a top pull, big clamp der. that won't hit the shock.

What are you guys using?

Also, I just swapped on a Fox Vanilla coil shock that I bought on ebay a while back. It works much better than the stock shock. It takes some 'bob' out, but it still 'gives' when you need it to.
 

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I will soon be in the XC204 family...I just ordered my frame like 2 days ago...Can't wait till it gets here! Thx on the heads up about the front derailler...I was wondering about the bottom bracket...do i need anything special?
 

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What size seatpost does this frame take? Also I just went to the bike shop today to ask him about how much would it cost to transfer my components from my other bike to this one and he said labor alone would be about 100 bucks + whatever parts i need that didnt fit from my older bike. Does a 100 bucks sound right?
 

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That sounds about right. My LBS quotes around $120 to do a part switch from an existing bike to a new frame.

Are you mechanically inclined? You can do most of the parts transfer with just hex tools. You'll probably need them to transfer the headset and bottom bracket. But other than that, the rest is pretty easy to transfer to the new frame. Shops typically charge around $10-$15 for a headset install. Same for the BB install.

The Park Tools website has online instructions on how to install and adjust pretty much anything, so you don't even need a book.
 

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Sweet! Glad to see more people on the KHS's. Got me a 304 last year and I'm loving it. Had I known the 204 would be at the same price this year, I may have waited. But I do like the single-pivot simplicity and ride.
Good luck with it.
 
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