First Look: KHS Flite 900 and Flite 747

New 2015 bikes including an Ultegra-kitted carbon race bike and a performance bike for tall riders

Bike Press Camp Road Bike
side-by-side size comparison

KHS Flite 900 and Flite 747 side-by-side size comparison.

KHS had several of their 2015 bicycles on display at the Winter Bike Press Camp event this week including road bikes, mountain bikes, kids bikes, folding bikes and more. In addition to the KHS brand, they also produce bikes under the Free Agent BMX brand as well as Manhattan cruisers. KHS was founded over 40 years ago in Los Angeles, CA and they claim to be the first brand to import bicycles from Taiwan to the US in 1975. They own their own manufacturing facility in Taipei and they have been direct input into the research, development and design of their bikes.

Ultegra level carbon road race bike.

Ultegra level carbon road race bike.

KHS Flite 900 – Ultegra level carbon race bike

The 2015 Flite 900 is a carbon race bike kitted with Shimano Ultegra 11 speed drivetrain. The frame is high modulus T800 MSD carbon monocoque. MSD stands for Modulus Specific Design and KHS Marketing Manager Flick explains, “It means that we design each model of bicycle with a very specific frame material specification, tuned precisely to the type of rider who will be using the frame. This includes specific tube lengths, diameters, shape, wall thickness, weave and material. The frame will be strong and stiff where you need it.” The T8 carbon used on the Flite 900 is KHS’s lightest weight carbon.

The Flite 900 also comes with KHS’s house brand Q2 Super Light Elite R23 wheelset shod with Maxxis Courchevel tires. The bike is availble in 5 sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) and comes in the matte black with KHS-Maxxis-JL Velo Pro Team graphics shown. The MSRP of the KHS Flite 900 is $3299.

Available in XXL and XXXL for riders 6'4" and taller

Available in XXL and XXXL for riders 6’4″ and taller.

KHS Flite 747 – For riders 6’4″ and over

KHS also had their 2015 Flite 747 on display, a big bike for big people. The frame of the Flite 747 is designed by renowned expert Lennard Zinn, who also happens to be the forum sponsor of the Clydesdale/Tall Rider forum on our sister site: Mtbr.com. The 747 frame is Reynolds 520 double butted cromoly steel and features an 11 speed Shimano 105 drivetrain, Shimano 105 caliper brakes, cromoly fork and Weinmann rims with Formula hubs with Maxxis Detonator 700x28c tires. The cranks are extra long at 200mm for the XXL frame size and 210mm for the XXXL frame size. The MSRP of the KHS Flite 747 is $1899.

What made KHS decide to build big and tall bikes? Flick responds, “We received a lot of phone calls from our customers looking for bigger bikes for bigger people. These are customers that didn’t need or want to go the full custom route and wanted a more cost effective option. So KHS is responding to customer requests with this bike.” Flick continues, “We sold out of the very first few made, which was for model year 2013 so this is our third year of making these big bikes. When we started out, we did only the XXL size, but customer demand showed the need for a XXXL size, so we now make these available in both sizes.” For riders over 6’4″, custom is expensive so at these prices, it’s no surprise that these have been good sellers for KHS.

For more information visit khsbicycles.com

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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Comments:

  • Chaad thomas says:

    CroMo fork on the 747?? Weak. Some tall riders are seeking to optimize their performance as much as their 5’10 brethren.

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