After just receiving a bunch of bikes from KHS here at C-Team headquarters - and after several cans of Boddingtons cream ale (and some minor arguments) - we got the new DH200 built up and headed out to the shore for some good old-fashioned playing in the dirt. Here are our first impressions of the bike.The Build -
The DH200 uses a reliable four bar link suspension design, with a fox dhx 5.0 shock. The shock has 3.25 stroke, which provides a proper low leverage ratio for the 8” travel. This is a great shock, super adjustable, and you don’t need a PHD in quantum physics to be able to make it ride well.
There are a lot of different settings for the rear end, which changes bb height and head tube angle providing various geometry settings to try out.
The frame is beefed up in the right places, with heavier yolks on the chain stays and a lighter, sleeker main link plate. The frame uses a 150x12 solid axle (as any real downhill bike should), which keeps lateral movement in the rear wheel almost non-existent. As with all four bar bikes, you need to keep an eye on all the pivots and keep them tight, but that is a small trade off for getting a really plush ride. The DH200 is available as a frame only or as a complete bike with some excellent quality and value parts (Boxxer race, truvativ, fox dhx 5.0 etc).The Ride -
This bike is truly for downhill riding, it loves anything steep and anything fast. We rode Cypress Mountain this weekend, which has plenty of both. One of the prevalent aspects of this bike is its ability to eat up bumps. Sections of trail that were littered with baby heads felt like they were groomed single track. I was pedaling and gaining speed like mad in sections that I used to have to ride the brakes on. Everyone uses the old suspension test of ‘pick up the back end of the bike and let it drop to the ground’ to see if it bounces or not - a test that the DH200 passed with flying colours. This essentially means that the bike corners like a crazy person, the rear wheel stays glued to the dirt, providing great traction and good compression out of the end of the corners. No problems with the back end skittering around in brake bumps. The day of this particular ride was after a few days of North Van style rain, so the properly soaked trails made for the ideal conditions to test a new bike. Nothing like deep loam and slick rocks and roots! All over the terrain this bike inspired confidence and speed. Come summer and Whistler, the DH 200 will no doubt haul some serious arse.
Overall the KHS DH200 is a perfect example of a very good design offered at a decent price, coupled with proper parts and good value. At under $4k CAD
, this bike will get anyone rolling on big mountain terrain and having a great time of it. Keep an eye on Pinkbike.com to see how the bike rolls during the race season this year.
KHS is a US based bicycle company that builds bikes from comfort and kids to high performance road, cross country and downhill rigs. Check out the full range of bikes at www.KHScanada.com
. In the Vancouver area, check with On Top Bike Shop
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