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KHS Urban Uno First Impression

I’m a very big fan of single speed commuter bikes. They are simple, easy to maintain and no messy derailleur adjustments are necessary. My commute is somewhat flat, so a single speed bike is a good candidate to ride to and from work.

It has been a while since we have tested a KHS commuter bike, so I jumped at the opportunity of testing the KHS Urban Uno. I think that the Urban Uno is a good looking bike; the flat metal fenders, the gold crankset, brown saddle and the brown wrapped bullhorns give it a unique but classy look.


Check out the small detail on the fork


Gold crankset with a 44t X 16t drivetrain. Sorry, no chainguard.


KHS saddle with a faux leather look, comfy too!

I rode the Urban Uno yesterday to work, the bike felt fast, responsive but not twitchy and very comfortable. Did I mention that this bike is made out of steel? Yup, the steel frame was a joy to ride especially since the tires were inflated to 110 psi and the frame “cut the edge” of the road chatter.

The bike can also accommodate a rear rack, but it does not come with a full chainguard (chainring guard was included but I opted not to install it). The bike does not come with a flip-flop hub so front and rear brakes are included. Pedals with toe clips are also standard.

Click here if you are interested in the full spec sheet of this bike.

I will be posting a full review once I put in more miles on this bike — stay tuned.

17 Comments

  1. Ghost Rider

    There’s one of these hanging in my LBS. I like the look, and the spec is pretty good. Haven’t had a chance to ride the thing yet, though.

  2. Rider

    Handsome. But flat fenders … do they work? Seems a bit of style over function.

    What might the bike cost?

  3. Brian Ogilvie

    Flat fenders, no racks, single speed–I can see how some people might like the bike but calling it a “commuter” seems a stretch. How am I supposed to bring two bags of groceries home up the hill on that? Like most of the SS/fixie craze it seems to be a triumph of style over substance. Vélocio is rolling in his grave….

  4. Moe (Post author)

    @Brian Let’s see, the bike takes me on a 14 mile round trip to and from work, therefore, it qualifies as a commuter bike, may be NOT your type of commuter bike. Velocio maybe rolling in his grave, but due the lack of open mindedness of some people.

  5. RL Policar

    Ugh here we go again. Another closed minded “commuter” who finds that something is not aligned with their own thinking.

    As we’ve discussed this for the last 4 years, any bike is a commuter bike…

  6. no1mad

    I got my Kona Smoke based in large part of the reviews on this site, and have been eyeing the Uno at the LBS myself. I await your long term review.

  7. Ghost Rider

    Who (or what) the f%&k is “Velocio”, and why am I supposed to care what it thinks?

    A commuter bike is any bike that gets you to work. For some people, that means a bike dripping with every conceivable accessory. For others, that means two wheels, a chainring and a cog.

    I’m SO tired of beating this dead horse.

  8. no1mad

    Guys- How do think the KHS compares to the Redline 925 that you tested some time back?

  9. Moe (Post author)

    Both bikes have a similar “feel”, the biggest difference is that the Redline 925 has a flip-flop hub and can be ridden fixie style, the Urban Uno is sold as a single-speed only.

  10. Ghost Rider

    I think the 9-2-5 has better fenders, too.

  11. Mike Myers

    Bullhorns seem like they’d be very uncomfortable, and the cross brake lever is awfully far away from the “aero” position on the bar. Not my type of bike, but I’ll give ’em credit for the blinged out chainring.

  12. Ghost Rider

    @Mike,

    Bullhorns can be comfortable if they’re set up right…but seriously, you’ve got a point. I think KHS understands that most riders aren’t gonna be spending a lot of time in the “Superman” position and will be riding on the tops, so the brake lever makes sense there. Me, I’d rather have barend levers — or, in a perfect world, both cross levers AND barends.

  13. no1mad

    @Moe- The KHS site is a bit confusing to me. In the brief description, it is indeed labled a SS. Reading the specs, however, claims that the rear hub is a “Flip Flop”. I’m confused.

  14. Will

    I’ve been riding my KHS Urban Uno since January. Great ride.

    @no1mad and others, the rear hub IS a flip-flop. However the bike only came with a rear cog on the free side of the hub. It DOES have the threads for the fixed cog. (Besides, aren’t both free wheels and fixies called SS’s (single speeds)?)

    The fenders are small but they’ve kept me dry thus far. I was rather surprised, actually, at how well they worked.

    @Brian, this is one of the few SS/fixies that comes with braze-ons on the seat stays for a rear rack. I live in Chicago, we don’t have hills, so it works great for commuting to work and grabbing groceries.

  15. Raiyn

    @ Will
    While both have but one gear ratio (or “speed”) fixed gear or “fixies” are NOT referred to as “SS” or single speed. “SS / Single Speed” typically denotes a freewheel equipped bicycle unless you’re like Walmart (read retarded*) and just trying to up your poseur-riffic cred in which case you try to fudge the term by calling your bike something silly like a “fixed speed”

    [i]* In this case “retarded” is used in the colloquial form and not to disparage anyone with an actual genetic or injury based mental handicap. It’s merely meant to offend the snot out of Walmart and any like-minded individuals and corporations (read Sarah Palin) :P.[/i]

  16. Raiyn

    @ Will
    I’m just having some fun and I’m not really attacking you.

  17. Ghost Rider

    Technically, Will is right (and a fixed gear can legitimately be called a singlespeed), but the convention is as Raiyn explains.

    I’m rather surprised to hear that about the fenders…but happy, too. I was thinking they were form over function.

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