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Old 07-30-19, 08:23 AM
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How many Klein riders out there?

I'm riding a 2006 Reve v. Really enjoy it.
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Old 07-30-19, 11:36 AM
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I have a 94 Quantum II I am building


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Old 07-30-19, 11:49 AM
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That Quantum is so mint. Dang.

My partner and I repainted and rebuilt a late 90s Klein Navigator for her. This was made right after the Trek acquisition but still at the WA factory, before it was shut down. It was a sports touring/commuting model with a steel fork, rack and fender mounts, and room for 32mm tires. We swapped the fork for a threadless Soma fork with more tire clearance.

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My go to group rider. 87 or 88. I pulled these 28s off though. Tried the big tire thing, not for me. Looks better and feels snappier again.
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Old 07-30-19, 01:38 PM
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My main ride (in fair weather) for the last 16 years. 1998 Quantum Pro purchased as a new bare frame in 2002 and built up by me. I just can't find a reason to get anything newer.




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Old 07-30-19, 01:47 PM
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Really like those Pre-Trek models.

What is the difference between the early models and the later Post Trek in terms of quality, materials, etc. ?
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Old 07-30-19, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by WaveyGravey View Post
Really like those Pre-Trek models.

What is the difference between the early models and the later Post Trek in terms of quality, materials, etc. ?
Trek bought Klein in 1995 and ended the brand in 2007. 12 years is a large range to make a judgment about quality.

I'd say anecdotally the quality was fine on Trek Kleins. The thing that Trek tends to do, though, is water down design innovations and start moving brands it acquires to include lower end models as well. This was especially prominent for Gary Fisher (tons of entry and mid-level hybrids made by Trek) and Lemond (introduction of entry level models with Tiagra components and Reynolds 501 tubing, etc...). Not as much for Klein.
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Old 07-30-19, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by WaveyGravey View Post
Really like those Pre-Trek models.

What is the difference between the early models and the later Post Trek in terms of quality, materials, etc. ?
Klein production moved from San Martin, CA to Chehalis, WA in 1980.

Trek bought Klein in 1995, but Klein production remained in Chelais through February 2002.
During this time the design and fabrication and painting were all pure Klein, and Trek was pretty much just a distribution network. Maybe Trek told Klein to stop making the Performance frames or similar marketing decisions.

From 2003-2006 in Waterloo, Klein was just a name Trek put on some nicer aluminum bikes that Trek designed.
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Old 07-30-19, 03:00 PM
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2006 Q-Pro I built for my son last year. The finish doesn't show off in the photo, it's a nice-looking bike. I haven't gotten up the nerve to put him in cleats yet.
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Old 07-30-19, 07:10 PM
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1984/85 Performance. Heavy mods needed to bring it to the present.
Innicycle headset/steerer adapter, Performance 1" threaded fork.
Modified shifter mounts for indexed, shimmed FD, symmetrical triple compact crankset.
Shifter cable routing through the DT, original press-fit BB. Works, 2x10 indexed.
Dropped the bag 4" on the mount and powdercoated the rack from shiny to black.

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Old 07-30-19, 07:13 PM
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used to see a ton of kleins in san diego county but only see the occasional one every few months now.
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1998 Klein Quantum Race
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Not my bike, but my friend Scott's Team Super, his Eroica CA ride this year.

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I rode this 92 Performance for about 38,000 miles over eleven years with 24 centuries or longer and three multi-week credit card tours, two in Europe. Here it is toward the end of three weeks in Italy (2001). Wish wed had the supple, fatter tires now available, although I recall that the clearances were tight for 26mm. That CF Time fork didnt help the ride as much as Id hoped compared to the original aluminum fork. My adult son is still loving it now with a steel fork and the Chehalis candy red paint still gets compliments, but his passion is Ultimate Frisbee, not cycling.

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Old 08-01-19, 05:20 PM
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I'm not klein, I'm more mittelgross.
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I'm not klein, I'm more mittelgross.
If Klein made a crit bike, you'd be "ahnit.".
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Old 08-02-19, 06:03 PM
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My fair weather neighborhood gadabout...'88 Pinnacle.


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Old 08-02-19, 09:23 PM
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Ive got a Klein Frame for sale in the Classifieds here, but now that Im looking at these complete bicycles im second guessing the sale.
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