REVIEW AND PREVIEW OF THE KHS-200 AND KHS FR LUCKY 7

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Source: PINKBIKE/The C-Team

As a bike company KHS has been around since the mid 70’s. In recent years they have developed a line of DH and FR bikes. The DH has been available as a complete bike for 2 seasons. The new 2008 FR Lucky 7 is to be unveiled at this year’s Crankworx.

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2007 KHS DH-200

Specs-

Colour:
Flat Black

Size:
S, M

Frame:
6061 Aluminum, 8″ travel with 4 bar w/Horst bearing linkage & ISCG mount

Fork:
Fox 40R

Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Saint

Shifters:
Sram Trigger

Cassette:
Sram PG950 11/26, 9-speed

Cranks:
Truvativ Holzfeller OCT Open Core, 170mm x 40T

Pedals:
Alloy platform w/replacable pins

Seat Post:
Kore I-beam

Handlebar:
WTB 31.8, TXC Riser

Stem:
Azonic Stubb DH, 31.8 x 50mm

Shock:
Fox DHX 5.0 Coil

Headset:
FSA PIG, 1 1/8″ Threadless

Brakes:
Hayes HFX9, 8″ rotors

Rims:
Sun Ringle Single Track, Welded

Hubs:
Sun Ringle

Tires:
John Tomac Nevegal 26×2.5 ft, 2.35 rr, kevlar bead

Review:
It’s hard to imagine that one pivot placement can change the feel of the ride so much. We loved the KHS DH Team and think it is an amazing ride for a non-horst link 4 bar rear end. Its price point makes it a competitive park bike or privateer racer. The C-team rode the DH Team all of last season without warranty issues. See an overview of the bike at…www.pinkbike.com/news/KHS-DH200-Review.html The C-Team’s Chiron Kantakis just won Panorama’s old guy division on the DH-Team by a single fart in the last berm.

However after riding this year’s DH-200, the model above the DH-Team, rocketing through the first rock garden it clearly tracks better, it’s a stiffer rear end (due to beefed up chainstay and seatstay) and it’s a whole new ride. The Horst link on the DH-200 means less brake chatter and no bucking bronco in the rough stuff. The Fox 40R is a confidence inspiring front end that matches well with what is going on in the rear end. Great to see KHS put the “less rocks, more pedal’ in” 170mm Holzfeller OCT cranks. Comes with Saint rear derailleur bolt through rear end – after numerous battle scars the Saint keeps shifting.

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As always HFX 9’s and Sun Single Track rims could be better. We also wish all company’s stocked their DH and FR bikes with double ply tires.

The DH-200 complete is park/race ready. It follows lines familiar to those that remember the glory days of the M1. Geometry can be adjusted with one bolt to drop the BB for fast and furious or bumped up for your next NSX 14 1/2 video shoot. This bike will go as far and as fast as you are willing to stay off the brakes.

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2008 FR Lucky 7

Spec:
To be announced

Preview:
A little over a year ago KHS asked the C-Team a question. “What was the team seeking in a free ride bike?” The response was simple… a bike that was park worthy, slopestyle ready, capable of pedaling up to your favorite trailhead. We believed that meant a Horst link 4 bar rear end with 7 inches of travel, an uninterrupted seat tube, a solid price point and true freeride spec. We were stoked to get a prototype early in 2006 and are now into the 2nd season of putting it through the paces. The bike fulfilled the wish list. We’re stoked on the bike, the low mounted rear shock keeps the centre of gravity LOW, it has low stand over height, clean cable routing that goes under the top tube.

The C-Team is on the shore Monday to Sunday. The Prototype has been put through the range of riding that the North Shore has to offer; from Salvation on Seymour to the Hoodlum DJ’s and over to the Fifth Horseman on Cypress. And on the weekends its been up at Whistler working the trails and flipping in the Air Dome.

KHS will have a booth in the village at Crankworx. Along with a selection of KHS bikes there will be 4 of the 2008 Lucky 7’s available to test ride. Swing by anytime from Wednesday July 25th to Sunday July 29th and take one for a ride in Whistler’s bike park.

-The C-Team-

The C-Team is a North Vancouver based team of riders and coaches who just can’t get enough of mountain biking. Seriously, it’s almost weird. We are grateful to our excellent sponsors:

KHS Bicycles
Magura Brakes
Beastgear Protection

See you on the trails!

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One Response to “REVIEW AND PREVIEW OF THE KHS-200 AND KHS FR LUCKY 7”

  1. Michael Says:

    Are You Sure ?

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