This year marks the 40th anniversary for KHS, which has grown into a giant producing 150 models across the KHS, Manhattan Cruisers and Free Agent BMX brands. The company was also one of the earliest adopters of the meet-in-the-middle MTB wheel size, launching 650b bikes in 2009. That selection has grown to 15 models for 2015, and KHS marketing man Flick (just Flick) figures that given the head start, the company has more 27.5-inch bikes out shredding trails than any other brand.
But two other bikes KHS had on display at PressCamp Winter stood tallest — literally — among the rest. Designed for riders 6-foot-4 and taller, KHS introduces for 2015 the new BNT (for “Big & Tall”) hardtail 29er. Designed by Lennard Zinn, the BNT comes in XXL (23-inch) and XXXL (25.5-inch) sizes, giving the big guys an alternative to going custom for a properly fitted mountain rig.
Zinn also designed the 747 road bike, which KHS has brought back for a third year.
Both bikes are made from stout Reynolds 520 steel and come spec’d with 200-millimeter cranks for long-legged pedal strokes.