KHS Urban Uno Review

If you believe that “Commuter Bikes” should be multi-geared, have fenders, racks and a chainguard then click here. If you are looking for a simple to maintain, fair weather “singlespeed commuter bike” that has a little bit of flair, then read on.

KHS Bicycles have always offered a big selection when it comes to “Urban” bikes; the KHS Urban Uno is one of their three singlespeed/fixed gear offerings. The Urban Uno comes with decent specs such a 520 Reynolds DB CrMo Frame, a CrMo Fork, 44t Gold crankset and alloy fenders.

Here is the full spec sheet:

I’ve always been a fan of singlespeed bikes, since my commute is flat and I live in sunny SoCal, the Urban Uno is perfectly suited for my ride to work. Singlespeed bikes are also easy to maintain, lighter and there are no derailleurs to adjust.

You may love or hate the KHS Urban Uno’s style; I actually like it. It does not scream vanilla Singlespeed or hipster fixie bike. The geometry of the bike was comfortable, the cockpit didn’t feel tight nor too stretched out. I was pleasantly surprised that the saddle was very comfortable; some OEM saddles tend to be too hard and fall in the numb nuts category. The cowhorn bar is another love/hate affair; although stylish, they do lack more than two hand positions. I’m not a toe-clip type of rider, but I gave the Wellgo pedals a chance — unfortunately, they sucked so I swapped them for my Crank Bros Quattro pedals.

The fenders that come with the KHS Urban Uno do serve a purpose; they did a great job when I rode over little puddles of water, but I doubt that they would do very well in a downpour. My ride takes me across a couple of railroad tracks; the rims and tires always gave me a good sense of confidence and their durability was not an issue. The Kenda Kontenders are a great choice of tires for those of us who commute. I never got a puncture and they seemed to roll rather fast.

For those who would like to add a rear rack, the Urban Uno does come with eyelets, but you may have to get longer screws since the fenders will be sharing the same holes at the dropouts. The Urban Uno’s frame also has room for your hydration needs; it comes with two sets of threaded bosses for your water bottle holders. Another feature of the Urban Uno is that if you want to go fixie style, you can. Although the fixed gear cog is not provided, the rear hub is threaded for one. I did not get the chance to ride the bike as a fixed geared bike.

The MSRP of the bike is at $489.00, if you are looking for a singlespeed commuter, the Urban Uno is certainly worth a look

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  1. dukiebiddle September 1, 2010 5:03 am 

    I’m not sure I like that giant left peddle. It seems superfluous; and why does it have wheels? 😉

  2. Ghost Rider September 1, 2010 7:55 am 

    One of my local shops has one of these Urban Unos in stock, and I’ve had the chance to spin around on it a bit…nice bike! It looks better in real life, too.

    Aesthetically, the fenders appeal to me — but in practical terms, they are probably only good for the most casual splashing, certainly not for full-force rain use.

    I’m not a huge fan of bullhorns, either, so I’d most likely swap them out for some drops and standard brake levers.

  3. BluesCat September 1, 2010 11:09 am 

    dukiebiddle: That’s a custom, movable kickstand; pretty pricey at around 100 bucks, too!

    GR: I’d go for Trekking handlebars, myself … and a Brooks saddle.

  4. Rider September 1, 2010 5:05 pm 

    Kinda prissy.

  5. Gordon September 2, 2010 5:17 am 

    Cool fenders, saddle and crank for sure, but I am still digging my Redline 925. Just like my brake levers in a different location.

  6. Mike Myers September 3, 2010 2:35 pm 

    Nice that it’s specced with fenders, albeit semi-functional ones. I have to agree with GR on the bullhorns. This bike would be more useful with drops and standard levers, but then it wouldn’t be “hip”.

  7. tadster September 3, 2010 3:18 pm 

    Your bike can skateboard?!

    I like the matte paint. I also like the price. Did those fenders make any noise while riding? I can imagine if they flex or bend a bit, they could rattle.

  8. Moe September 3, 2010 3:35 pm 

    The bike can also swim, pictures to follow!!! The fenders did not rattle, however, you can hear the pebbles hitting the aluminum.

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