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KHS Flite Team (2006)

If you are looking for a bike with substance and not concerned with flashy names and marketing hype, the KHS Flite Team is a solid choice for the discerning rider.

CONSTRUCTION
The Flite Team frame is constructed of a C7 high-modulus full carbon frame bonded with alloy Encrim Fusion joints. The actual design of the bike is semi-compact with a slight four to six degree toptube slope, depending on frame size. A frame feature that stands out is the various shapes of the carbon tubes. The seattube has a fairing shape that follows the curvature of the rear wheel. And like the fairings you see bolted to the trunk of a teenager’s Honda Civic, it also probably doesn’t add a lot to the aerodynamic slipperiness of the frame either, it just makes it look fast. The other shape designs have a more structure function of stiffening the frame, such as the larger taper of the toptube and downtube to the bottom bracket area. Increasing the stiffness of the frame even more is the MonoBox wishbone chainstay. With all these design elements increasing the stiffness of the Flite Team frame, the designers also had to consider comfort as well. The Flite Team’s seatstays are wishbone shaped for compliancy. Up front the fork is the carbon legged Alpha Q model, which didn’t shudder or shake under hard front braking or seem nervous when sprinting out of the saddle. 

ON THE ROAD
After a few hours of riding the Flite Team it reminded me of a long-term girlfriend: dependable and steady, with no weird surprises. Oh sure, sometimes you want that hot model because she looks great, but then you discover she has a rap sheet as long as your arm and a crazy ex-boyfriend. Too much drama for this guy! And that’s the Flite Team, the dependable girlfriend with no weird surprises. The Flite Team carbon frame did what carbon normally does; give a comfortable ride without rattling the marrow from my bones. I lined up at my Tuesday night training criterium and thought that the stress of racing might bring out any hidden Dr. Phil-type bike issues. However, the Flite Team was unflappable and handled the turns with no problems. Bridging up to the group, the KHS took my power, which I don’t have a lot of at this time, and didn’t seem to waste it with excessive flexing. To test it out further, there is a loop that Tim and I do that has a lot of pavement irregularities, as well as a steep climb. Hauling my carcass over the hill was made slightly easier by the weight of the complete bike. Not gossamer light like Kate Moss, more like the MILF who is taking a few Spin classes a week to shed a couple of pounds after the second child. The Easton Circuit wheels are a sensible choice. They are at a respectable weight of 1650 grams and roll smoothly with no irritating buzzing from the cassette body. The only place where I could nit-pick was the paint job. I liked the black and silver scheme, but there were flecks of silver on the black carbon. You have to look hard for that kind of imperfection, but hey, that’s what I do for a living.

OVERALL

The KHS Flite Team is the bike for all your needs. It’s at a respectable weight that won’t hold you back on the climbs, smooth handling for the descents, and stiff enough so you can pin it for the city limit sign. Sure, it isn’t the hot trophy wife with the prestigious name, but it will give you years of happiness, which I doubt Angelina Jolie could provide.  R

Words_Neil Browne





SPECIFICATIONS
PRICE: $3300
WEIGHT: 17.2 lbs.
SIZES: S, M, L, XL (Tested), XXL
COLORS: Silver Satin/Carbon
CONTACT: khsbicycles.com

CHASSIS
FRAME: KHS Carbon Fusion
FORK: Alpha Q Carbon

WHEELS
WHEELSET: Easton Circuit
TIRES: Hutchinson Fusion Comp

cockpit
BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano Dura-Ace
BRAKES: Tektro
HANDLEBAR: Carbon Wing
HEADSET: FSA Orbit
SADDLE: Selle San Marco Aspide
SEATPOST: Carbon Micro Adjust
SHIFTERS: Shimano Dura-Ace
STEM: Carbon/Aluminum

DRIVETRAIN
BOTTOM BRACKET: FSA MegaExo
CASSETTE: Shimano Ultegra
CHAIN: KMC DX105
CRANKS: FSA SLK Carbon
DERAILLEURS F/R: Shimano Dura-Ace/Shimano Ultegra
PEDALS: N/A