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The new KHS Grit 4400 leads their charge into the gravel bike category with a hi-mod carbon frame and fork for just $2,200. For that, you’re getting a basic Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with Avid BB5 mechanical brakes with inline brake levers on the flats. The frame’s ready for racks and fenders, too, making it a pretty solid entry that’s very much worth upgrading in the future.

There’s also new disc ‘cross bikes, race road and a very, very tall Flite designed by none other than Lennard Zinn…

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The parts shown don’t match showroom spec, but for the coin it’s a pretty solid package…which seems to be KHS’s strategy: Offer dealers a great margin and consumers a great deal and things’ll move. Things like Formula hubs, Weinmann rims and Maxxis tires all add to the value.

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Internal cable routing gives it a higher end look, too. And hey, threaded BB! There’s also an alloy model that’s just $1,300.

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The CX300 is their sole alloy ‘cross bike, sitting below two carbon framed models, and retails for just $2,199. It’s spec’d with a tapered carbon fiber fork, Shimano 105 group with hydraulic disc brakes and an FSA cockpit.

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Like the gravel bike, fender and rack tabs are in place to expand its versatility.

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The Flite 900 is the team-level race bike. It’s shown here in sponsored spec with Dura-Ace and PRO cockpit, but the showroom models will have Ultegra and FSA for $3,299.

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The frame has some great lines that add stiffness and character.

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The Flite 747 BNT (Big & Tall) is a Reynolds 520 double butted steel road bike designed with input from Lennard Zinn, who’s had a lot of experience making bikes for folks that are well over 6’2″.

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Things like an extended head tube and longer cranks help tall folks find a good fit, and it’s nice to see a major brand tailoring a product to that market for much, much less than what a full custom bike would cost. This one retails for $1,899.

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On the mountain bike side, the SixFifty 7200 uses their free floating 160mm suspension but comes in at lower price point. It’s the same frame as the 7700 but with a lower price of just $3,699. But for that, you get an amazingly good bit of kit.

The drivetrain and brakes are full SLX with an XT rear derailleur. Suspension is a Rockshox Pike RCT3 and Monarch RT3, plus a KS remote dropper post. Wheels are 650B WTB Frequency i23 with Maxxis tires. A Kore alloy bar and stem and WTB saddle round out the package. That’s solid spec for the money, with parts that’ll hold up to a couple seasons of enduro-rific riding.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Just a shout out for the 747 tall bike. I’m 6’7″ and bought one a few years back. Have replaced/upgraded the stem, handlebars, cable tubing, tires, and bottom bracket. Everything else remains stock. Love the 200mm cranks. Is it super light? No, but neither am I! Overall, a super and relatively affordable road bike for we big *and* tall guys.

  2. KHS should have picked a slightly less obvious chinese frame for the Grit model. This one has been selling all year and will be replaced by an updated version soon.

  3. harryk, I didn’t what to say that, but it appears your right.
    I guess it gives some credence to those Chinese carbon frames if a small/ big company uses them

  4. If Lennard designed the Flite 747 BNT (Big & Tall), then I’m surprised that he did not advise KHS how to set up a road handlebar properly.

    I’m amazed at the number of bikes displayed from brands where the mechanic (or the brand management) does not know the difference between road bar shapes ,i.e., classic, early-mid 1990’s anatomic bend, compact, variable radius etc. Not that these are categories themselves but bar setup is a huge part of bike setup. There is a variation on how the bars can be setup of course, but the way the bar is displayed on this KHS is just poor.

    Like those brands that pay amazing attention to details then take a studio photo with the saddle tilting down an inch or more….

    If you can’t setup a handlebar KHS then I won’t be buying a bike from you.

  5. Yeah, just the other day I was all set to plunk down the cash for a new bicycle that suited me well at a decent price. But then I said to my LBS – “Is there even one picture of this bike online where I disagree with the handlebar setup? This is the determining factor when it comes to me buying a bike.” Well, let me tell you that I walked right out of there empty-handed. Clearly every unit KHS makes will be set up the same, and it’s not like you can change the handlebar setup afterwards.

  6. KHS owns their own factories, and manufactures many other brand’s frames, it could be they already make the grit frame for another company.

  7. I dont see anything wrong with that bar setup either. If you look at the bar, it is the bend of the bar that gives the appearence of it sitting like it is rolled back too far. I run a Easton bar, and my bikes have a similar look.

  8. I too am a professional bike fitter. I spend more time critiqueing other’s work to build myself up then I actually do fitting bikes myself.

  9. Gritt 4400 looks just like the Ebay china-carbon I built up last month, except mine doesn’t have those horrible graphics. If it is the same frame, it rides nice!

  10. I’ve owned a higher end KHS road bike for years. I love the bike, and they offer a great bike for the price. It sounds to me like many comments are left by people who just like to hear themselves talk. If you are judging the bike by the setup or the graphics in the picture, the quality of the actual bike is less important to you. Personally I like to ride the bike, not look at it. Mine rides great! Bravo KHS.

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