KHS XCT 555 XC Full Suspension


  • Frame: New Trail Design AL6061, 4-bar Horst bearing linkage 5.5" Travel
  • Rear Shock: Rock Shox Monarch 2.1, Solo Air, ext rebound adjust
  • Fork: Marzocchi XC600 TST2 140mm, air preload, TST2, Lock Out, Compression & rebound adjust
  • Headset: Tioga ZST2 Threadless, Zero stack
  • Rims: WTB Speed Disc doublewall, w/eyelets
  • Hubs: Front: Alloy disc, Rear: Shimano disc, QR
  • Tires: John Thomac Nevegal 26 x 2.1, Folding, 120TPI
  • Spokes: 14G black, 32°
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-7
  • Shifters: SRAM X-7 Trigger
  • Chain: KMCZ9000
  • Crankset: Truvativ Firex 3.1, 44/32/22, Alloy CNC Outer ring
  • Bottom Bracket: Truvativ GXP outboard cartridge bearing
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-34 9-Speed
  • Pedals: Wellgo M919 clipless
  • Seatpost: Q2 Light alloy
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado
  • Handlebar: Truvativ XR, 31.8, Triple Butted
  • Stem: Truvativ Team
  • Grips: WTB Weirwolf
  • Brake Levers: Hayes Stroker Ryde
  • Brakes: Hayes Stroker Ryde, 7" front/6" rear
  • Color: Black
  • Frame Size: S, M, L


    Showing 1-3 of 3  
    [Sep 12, 2016]
    All Mountain Rider


    Frame: Stiff and well built, I've got the 2010 version which is solid and for intended purpose- bombproof.

    Geometry: The rider sits in a neutral position with plenty of room in the cockpit. I've changed my stem for a 40mm which is shorter than the original and there's still plenty of room. The 69deg head angle is kinda par for the course with 5" travel bikes of the time, but sits you just behind the forks. It feels nimble in my hands and is certainly capable of handling tight and fast twisty single track as well as fast sweeping open DH sections.

    climbing: This is where i was most surprised. Once i got the suspension dialed in, i can mash this thing up some fairly steep ascents, with minimal suspension bob. One of my regular courses has a XC 10km 1200m ascent that's all gravel and loose. If you sit and pedal it has minimal bob, and even that can be reduced by adjusting the gate on the monarch 3.1..I've been impressed by this aspect the most. Of course standing is a different beast. However, the power is transferred to the ground so it will dig in, and with decent tyres you'll propel yourself up steep hills with aplomb. So long as you've got the power to do so.

    suspension; the 4-bar Horst system feels great. I mean i don't even think about it, it just feels sorted. When im riding down hill or working the front break it doesn't sit-up or jack, the chain does rattle on the bottom chain stay, but i've not noticed any chain suck or any issues with regard to travel. Travel is progressive and ramps up towards the end, i'm 88Kg and by my own admission quite strong. I haven't noticed it bottoming out or felt that i've pushed it over the limit yet. Although i haven't hit any 20ft jumps on it yet either.

    Wheels: Mavic XM317 which are tried and tested. I've been on DH courses and down an uncountable number of stairs and they're still true. GVFM


    Brakes: I have the Hayes stroker trail. Now they are good enough for the job, but fade when they get hot which i suspect is due to the pads, they aren't so good in the wet either, again, pads i suspect. I'll be changing the pads again soon so i'll go for something different if i can find some aftermarket product over here. .

    Weight: It is a little portly, mine runs in at around 14Kg, but I've gone for heavier pedals for bigger platforms and a comfy seat. So im partially to blame for that. Makes you stronger though!!!

    The Monarch 3.1 had some build quality issues, the rebound adjuster broke so that needed repairing.

    The SRAM X9 rear mech pulley wheel broke.

    The Marzocchi 44 TST2 air forks are great but they need to be maxed out on pressure or they bottom out quite readily with my body weight, they also seem quite flexible.

    On fast DH sections it can feel a little jittery, you do need to muscle it a bit, i think a slightly slacker head angle would eliminate that but make it slower on twisty stuff.

    5" of travel - 6" would just set this thing up as a balls out AM bike.

    I've been riding this thing for a couple of years, taking it around the twisty rocky mountains of Japan. I've been down endless stairs, jumped down 4ft drop-offs onto flat sections with no roll out. Tight twisty single track and twisty DH sections of which i've been thoroughly pleased with the bikes performance. In terms of value for money i think it is superb, and have changed only the stem, pedals and seat. It needs to be controlled, man handled and perhaps lacks the finesse of other bikes in the same price range. That being said, It does inspire confidence, simply because it looks and feels strong.

    As mentioned above, climbing is a pleasure which is good because i have to do a lot of it! if i had to single out one aspect that pleased me the most that would be my ability to get this thing up a hill. I've ridden other bikes with a higher price tag that i've felt less comfortable on when powering up hills.

    It's also pretty good with a bit of gravity, bear in mind that it's not a balls out AM bike so perhaps it not really designed to handle huge air, it'll hang though and it'll put a smile on your face. If it were a couple of pounds lighter and had an extra inch of travel it'd get 5 stars from me. Having said that, i think this bike is superb value for money and well worth a punt.

    Similar Products Used:

    GT, Cannondale, Giant, Scott,Trek

    [Feb 20, 2011]
    Weekend Warrior


    Frame, Geometry, Climbing, Suspension travel


    none, I could see problems with weak parts if for some reason you would put cheap parts on a really nice frame.

    Awesome Bike! for the price I got it for. I got a steal on this from a 16 year old who was selling for parts on his road bike through craigslist.

    Have only a few rides with the bike set up properly and it is very nice, with lockout it climbs like a charging beast compared to any other FS I have ridden.

    Unfortunately I had a bad rear shock most of the rides on it so far resulting in poor performance, but that is faulty equipment, my LBS were gods and somehow got me a factory replacement Monarch RT3 for free as long as I gave them my faulty RockShox Monarch 2.1 shock that came with the bike originally(Woot Upgrade for Free!!!)
    Thank you Joy Ride Bikes in Lacey!!!!!

    one of the best bikes I have ridden!!!!

    Similar Products Used:

    Have demo'd many bikes, even alot in the FS XC/all mountain and this seems to ride as well as the most expensive I have ridden

    [Apr 28, 2010]
    Weekend Warrior




    None so far

    Amazing All Mountain Bike. I would recommend this bike to anyone who is in the market for one. Even the stock build the bike come with is a great value for the price.

    Similar Products Used:

    Trek Fuel

    MTBR Newsletter

    Get the latest mountain bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the MTBR Newsletter




    © Copyright 2021 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.