KHS Inc. CX-100 2002 Cyclocross Bike

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TennisBike a Commuter

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2015

Strengths:    Soft tail/shock absorbing ability, steel frame, agile, cost, light weight

Weaknesses:    toe overlap, lack granny gear/road crank gearing, stiff fork, no eyelets for rack

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the CX-100 I built from the frame purchased used. The bike was built summer of 2015 and I love this bike.

I was surprised to find that it weighs only 23 lbs.

I was looking for something to give me some cushion on some of the rough paved roads in my neighborhood. Previously I dread riding on those roads on Voodoo Wazoo riding on 700x28 and 700x35 tires. After I put the bike together and set the tire pressure to 50 psi, the bumpiness no longer bothers me. I am not sure how much is the tire pressure and how much is the frame but I love it. The Kineses fork can be harsh when riding at 65 psi. Currently I am riding on the newly built double-butted spoked wheels and some cheap low riser bar and grips.

The current setup with the 170 crank reminded me of Trek 660 I rode in 80's. Very easy to spin and very agile. It feels very alive and almost a hair of nervousness. I think it can be cured with drop bar.

Originally this was supposed to be a cheap cruiser for around the neighborhood. But one ride and it revealed itself to be more of a boy racer. I even bought plateform pedals for it but now the SPD stays. For my commute rides, the double crank does not give me low enough gearing, so I have to just endure the climbs for now.

The toe-overlap is definitely there for medium size frame and my shoes. I had to be careful doing trackstands.

No clue the condition of the mcu shock. But I am loving the ride.

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Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Voodoo Wazoo with Reynold 853 tubing

Bike Setup:   Medium? original Kinesis aluminum fork, headset, Truvativ double crank/BB, stem and seat post. Custom built 3x double-butted spokes on Sun CR18, XTR front hub and Deore rear hub. Wellgo single sided road SPD pedals, WTB All Terrain 700x35c tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tbdxray01 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2008

Strengths:    all around is good. frame is beautiful

Weaknesses:    gears:C

Bottom Line:   
i love the 300. it rides smooth gets up an going fast.. but the worst is the gears they are loud and seem to never find the right gear with out it making noise.. i went for a bike ride 4 miles . the chain an gear locked up!!! ya fun.. other then that its fun great bike for the buck and the seat is not that bad as may say it is..

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Bike Setup:   khs flite 300

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stevereeneo a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2008

Strengths:    VERY VERSATILE, strong, stable geometry, handles dirt very well. It is steel!!!!

Weaknesses:    It is quite heavy... so heavy that I don't even bother thinking about what components I put on it since it will always be a heavy bike - that's kind of a strength for me at least.

Bottom Line:   
I LOVE this frame... it has been built up in so many configurations that I can't decide which is best. It was originally straight up 'cross ride w/ Ultegra 9-speed and a Ritchey Compact crank, then I built it up as a SingleSpeed, which was great, then a 1x9 w/ and without a flat bar, and now it's back to being a SS commuter, I put a Redline carbon fork on it and that's kind of cool looking... it can ride dirt or pavement well and is SUPER predictable and stable...

I think I need a new elastomer as the blue one is a bit dried out. I am always surprise at how it takes the edge off the rough stuff - but doesn't feel squishy at all when climbing. I'll give KHS or MOOTS a call and see what they can do.

If you see one of these on ebay or at a garage sale or on craigslist GRAB IT - you will be glad you did.

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Favorite Ride:   anything without cars.... pavement, dirt or other...

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Veloswap, Denver

Bike Setup:   Ritchey Compact crank w/ just 34t ring and a bashguard, Avid Shorty 6 cantis, Cane Creek levels, old Campy 8-speed rear wheel as a single speed, Redline Carbon fork.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chunksdood a Recreational Rider from Grand Junction, Colorado

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2003

Strengths:    A VERY comfortable ride on and off road. Great price, OK components. A few upgrades really make the bike a gem.
This bike is also available as a frame set - if you already have some components that would be a great way to build a bike.
Hauling-butt down a dirt road (or even a firm trail) at paved road speeds is a total hoot!
It handles well and is very stable off road or on.
Do you commute? This bike is Nirvana.

Weaknesses:    - The wheel set and cassette are heavy. KHS should either offer two CX models (OK 'cross is a niche so maybe not) or upgrade the wheels. Also, if you are listening KHS, dump the heavy Shimano cassette for the SRAM - a much better product anyway.
-The factory handlebars were far too wide for me. Ask your shop to swap them out and they should do it for free.
-I never could get my rear brake dialed in well with either wheel set. I switched cables, housing, pads, upgraded to a V brake with the thing-ama-gig booster but still never had super breaking. Perpaps it is the Sora lever?
Front brake is great.

Bottom Line:   
A friend turned me onto cross bikes years back - could they really be THAT great? It took me a few years to buy one but it beat my wildest dreams for fun! I had a Surley Crosscheck with Ultegra - liked it (OK, LOVED it!) quite a bit but it was wrecked on a friend's car wacking into a car port (ouch!)

I decided to try the KHS as the soft tail seemed like a sharp idea. The price was reasonable and I’ve only done minor upgrades. The bike is VERY comfortable. I mostly use it as a year-round commuter (10 miles a day unless I take the 50 mile scenic route) but I also road ride and “cross” it on single track and dirt roads.

On the road it rides just fine. I don’t notice any significant “bob” on climbs out of the saddle. I weigh 140 pounds so maybe if you were 200 lbs you would notice. We have some great hills around here - a 3,000 foot climb right out of town and I spend a lot of time climbing on it - no prob. It is also very comfortable over distance and the stock tires make a nice compromise for long distant road rides with some dirt or single track mixed in.

For commuting the soft tail, longer wheelbase, steel frame, and wider-than-road but narrower-than-mtn tires are simply charming.

On dirt the soft tail just gobbles up the bumps! Small washboards literally go unnoticed with my full weight on the saddle (but my hands bounce around like all heck). I felt a noticeable speed gain on singletrack vs. my fixed tail cross bike.

The Sora equipment is adequate. Unlike 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace shifting one direction is done with your thumb (like Campy). It took me a bit to get used to that but it is OK. Shifting is noticeably poorer than Ultegra but not enough that I regret it or want to spend the $$ to upgrade. The Sora shifters are fairly light because of their design differences even though they are lower-end. I swapped out the cassette for a SRAM 8 speed 12x26 (factory Shimano is a 12x25) and this saved about 100 grams for under $30! I still use the wheelset for commuting but it is too heavy for racing or real cross riding - who wants to shoulder the extra weight? If I remember I saved well over 2 pounds between the wheels and cassette alone, another pound or so with other parts.

NOTE! My shop didn't have my size frame in stock. As of spring 2003, the KHS web site was totally wrong on almost all their specs so be careful if you order one of these. Their wheelbase shows several inches too long, seat tube height was wrong, etc... I think KHS probably loses a bunch of business because of their "weird" specs on the web. I almost didn't buy one but checked their web specs against a Large size in the shop and extrapolated out to the Medium size. I am 5' 9" and fit a Medium quite well but your preferences for bike frames may differ.

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Favorite Ride:   "18 Road" loops single track via road from town

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   local KHS shop CB Cy

Similar Products Used:   Surley Cross-check with Ultegra nine speed.
Also own an Ultegra CAAD 5 Cannondale road bike and a Cannondale late 1990's CAAD 3 mtn bike head shock with XT and a unicycle. Wish I had a folding bike -

Bike Setup:   I tried to keep cost low and minimize upgrades.
Kept most Sora 8 speed equipment but did these changes:
Ultegra Rear D. - had one in the parts bin and it saves weight, probably shifts better but never rode long with the Sora.
SRAM 8 spd rear cassette - saved about 100 grams for $27 - the least $/g I've ever spent and I think it is a better cassette anyway.
Replaced factory wheels - KHS wheels are HEAVY and not so great but I still use them to commute.
WTB Rocket V seat - came with it from the bike shop but not spec - mid weight but comfy.
Profile Design Handlebars - lighter than stock and also factory bars were too wide - your bike shop should switch out for narrower bars or they are posers.
IRD upper bar brakes - these are just the coolest! There are several manufactures but these devices let you brake from the tops of your bars - very nifty for commuting or while off road especially dropping over stairs/rocks. They allow the same hand position as mtn biking.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by etothexdydx a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2003

Strengths:    (1) THE RIDE: plush, but it doesn't feel like a noodle.
(2) THE PRICE: you can buy an entire CX100 bike for only about $700.
(3) THE RELIABILITY: takes a licking, but keeps on ticking--crash with confidence

Weaknesses:    (1) THE WHEELS: OEM wheels way too heavy; extremely difficult to replace tires on the rims (I believe that they are not truly 700c, but somewhat larger).
(2) SORA SHIFTERS: the thumb shifting is non-intuitive and imprecise; must upgrade to at least 105 STI shifters for minimally competent and reliable shifting
(3) THE CRANK: perhaps I had a defective TRUVATIV crank, but my pedal threads became stripped after only one short 25 mile ride; evidently the crank material is VERY soft; be certain to check threading-in of pedal cranks during installation.

Bottom Line:   
The CX100 is an EXTREMELY comfortable and durable frame. The ride is highly compliant due to the steel construction and rear suspension, yet there is no "bobbing" during hard climbs or while staning on the pedals. The handling is first rate--it can carve corners, both on road and off road, with confidence and agility. Lastly, it is my most durable frame, as I have had two major crashes with it, yet it looks and rides just as good as new.

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Similar Products Used:   This is my first cyclocross frame.

Bike Setup:   105 Shifters (switched from OEM Sora)
Alex hubs and rims (switched from OEM Sun)
Selle Italia Flite Trans-Am (switched from OEM Selle Italia XO)
Sora derailleurs
Truvativ Cyclocross Crankset (replaced OEM Truvativ with same due to failure)
TTT "The" threadless stem and bars
Cane creek threadless headset
Weyless seatpost (replaced OEM post)

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