KHS Urban X First Impression

KHS Urban X
I rode the Urban X to work yesterday. I rode my 20 mile commute and I got a good feeling on how this bike rides. Here’s my first impression:

Looks: I love the way this bike looks, why? It’s unique, stealthy and not everyone likes the style making it less desirable to steal. There was one thing that really caught my attention on this bike, the saddle:
KHS Urban X
KHS Urban X

It’s a “Brooks Style” Saddle. Notice the springs and the rivets, quite a nostalgic touch. The rear rack is included with the bike, it looks quite sturdy and I was able to fit the Inertia Designs Business pannier rather well.

KHS Urban X

You all know that I have a thing for fenders, I was asked why do I need fenders if I don’t ride on the rain. Well, first off all, they look cool, they fend off water from wet spots, and they also fend off dust and small pebbles from the frame.

The Ride: I really enjoy riding my bike to work, but when I happen to take a new bike to work, it makes it extra enjoyable. Riding the Urban X was a blast, the bike is fast, predictable and somewhat comfortable. The saddle took little while to get used to, but the ‘suspension’ did it’s work. The gearing of the Urban X was smooth, it comes with a 44t at the front, which enabled me to fly on downhills.

There was 1 thing that I was at odds with: The tires. KHS equipped the Urban X with 100 PSI semi-slick tires. The tires are fast but they do make the ride a little harsh. I hit a couple of potholes and my arms really felt the impact.

Quick Comment:The UrbanX comes nicely equipped with extras such as the fenders, rear rack, and suspension saddle. At $329 MSRP, the bike is, in my point of view, very affordable.

For more information about this bike, go to www.khsbicycles.com.

Stay tuned for my upcoming review.


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  7. Evan says:

    I can’t wait for the full review. I just pointed this bike out to a friend who was complaining about the high price of new bikes.

  8. jj says:

    Looks great to me – and a good price. For commuting, it really seems perfect. I like my Cypress LX just fine, but I had to modify it for commuting, the Urban is ready to go. Tires are easy enough to change, and I have to say, the Continental Country Roads I put on the Woodstock are a great all-around tire.

    Thanks for the good write-up – it will be interesting to see how it fares over some time, especially the saddle. 🙂

  9. irwinskyle says:

    why do you suppose there is a tax credit for hybred car buyers, when bicycle commuters save way more then any auto in the system, food for thought go get em

  10. Moe says:

    It’s funny you say that. The other day I emailed one of my local TV channels about being tired of hearing about the ‘Marvels’ of Hybrid cars. I got some silly response from an intern.

    I’ve been called ‘crazy in the head’ for having a perfectly running car and instead choosing to ride my bike to work. But if you think about it, paying $3.00 a gallon, who is really crazy in the head?

  11. pea says:

    KHS has a history in sucessful marriages of bike types. This isn’t the first “every bike” they’ve put together.
    I saw one in the reknowned OPEN ROAD bike shop in Pasadena. I will have to order the larger size but I’m just heading out to straddle the medium they have in stock. I’ve looked at tons of bikes lately but I keep coming back to this KHS. It may be a less expensive option for those who like the styling of a Cannondale FiftyFifty or the Novara Transfer though these bikes have an internal 7 speed. That to me is actual a downside. That’s why the KHS is the grooviest alternative with great potential. Thanks

  12. Nancy says:

    My husband is about to by the KHS Urban X but I’m wondering what frame size to get him. He’s 6’3″. An XL? or would L work? Thanks.

  13. wannaCmore says:

    Good review. Came across this one while researching the Kona Smoke. According to the KHS dealer locator, the only place in town is the LBS that I like the most (which just happens to be the only Kona dealer in the state of OK). Hope this is accurate, so that I’ll be able to compare the two at the same time over the same route. I really like the price point of both sub $400 :)!

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