KHS Prescott – long term review

Good value cross-country 29er

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £2,000.00 RRP | USD $3,799.00
KHS Prescott

Our review

Great value XC package with 29er advantages but no extra kg downers
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For you this is the first appearance for this short travel cross-country 29er on BikeRadar, but we first met it back in January for the What Mountain Bike Trail Bike of the Year round-up. 

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An immediate shock warranty issue sent it back to base for fettling, and with only 100mm of travel it definitely felt more in the XC than all-round trail category, so it dropped from that hard-fought test.

We’ve been back on the bike for a few months now though, and it’s time to talk you through initial impressions before we start tinkering. 

Frame, kit and handling: Enthusiastic XC/singletrack partner

The shock is working more predictably than before but it’s still on the pert rather than plush side, and it takes afair wallop to get the travel ring to full travel. There’s still enough small bump sensitivity to hook good traction on rough climbs though, and it flatters the grip of the WTB tyres through corners. 

Given that that the whole bike only weighs 12.27kg (27.05lb) without pedals, it’s atenacious and naturally rapid climber –it’s already gained Strava King of the Mountain status on one of our longest and hardest local climbs.

We’re making use of the three-position Floodgate compression damping alot to cut out pedalling bob on smooth surfaces. And we’ve just received aremote control CTD shock and fork combo from Fox in the right length, so a damper change is likely by the next time you see it.

Apart from that there’s not much leaping out in terms of upgrades. The American Classic wheels have impressed with their responsiveness and reasonably stiff-tracking traits in off-camber corners and random rock descents. They come tubeless-ready as standard, so we’ve been running the relatively skinny WTB Nano tyres as low as 18psi even on rocky trails with only one puncture and aslight rim dint to report.

The stop/go gear is behaving fine, the carbon bar cockpit is well-proportioned for XC work and Steve from KHS UK fitted alonger Easton seatpost than the standard 350mm carbon one just in case we needed the extra length.

It handles with an eager but accurate feel that shames alot of the more expensive 29ers we’ve ridden. Its stiff and confidence-inspiring, but that isn’t going to stop us tweaking bits over the next few months to wring more speed and control out of it. 

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Prescott (12)
Brand KHS

Brakes Avid Elixir 5disc 160mm rotors
Shifters SRAM X9
Wheelbase (in) 44.3
Top Tube (in) 23
Seat Tube (in) 18.1
Chainstays (in) 16.8
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.7
Weight (lb) 27.05
Weight (kg) 12.27
Stem Truvativ
Seatpost Easton
Cranks SRAMS1400, 39/26T
Seat Angle 72.7
Rims American Classic MTB 29 Disc,tubelessready
Rear Shock RockShoxMonarch RT3, 100mm travel
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9
Head Angle 67
Handlebar Truvativ
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Frame Material 7005 T6 alloy4bar linkage, 100mm travel
Fork RockShoxReba RLT tapered steerer,Maxle 15mm axle,100mm travel
Tyres WTB Nano Team,2.1in