Similar Products Used: Cannondale, Marin and Klein
Bike Setup: Custom Paint finish. Loaded with 2008 XTR. Maviv 717 rims on DT Swiss black spokes, Ritchey carbon, bars, stem and seat post, Chris King headset. Weighs 9.7kgs
a Cross Country Rider
from Utrecht, Netherlands
Date Reviewed: April 16, 2005
Strengths: Almost Everything: Uniqueness, Looks, build and finish quality, Awesome handling, Light weight frame, Perfect geometry(for me), Stiffness, outstanding climbing performance etc.
Weaknesses: no rear Disc mount Rear v-brake mount tubes have a little flex very stiff(little comfort) you'll get very pissed off when you scratch the paint.
You will feel immediately at home on this bike. This frame offers great performance and exclusivity! Thanks to the superb geometry and response, you get awesome riding qualities! Every time you ride it you are amazed by its handling, time after time! This bike will improve you're climbing skills seriously! Climbs like nothing else, so easy! Best climbing frame ever ridden. Also one of the best looking bikes on the market i think.
Looking for a new (quality)bike? Try a Klein, its worth every Dollar/Euro!
Similar Products Used: Giant, Trek, Principia. But the Klein is my favorite
Bike Setup: KLEIN Attitude Race 2002 frame M XT/XTR Rock shox sid sl(lock-out) FSA OrbitX ahead set Bontrager Race Light rims, spokes and hubs Avid 2.0 v-brakes Roox seatpost SDG seat
a Cross Country Rider
from Toronto, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2004
Strengths: Everything. The handling is great even the size is a bit big for me. Strong & awesome frame design.
Weaknesses: Price*, a bit heavy due to the material they used but it gives a strong frame. Hard to get internal cable routing setup.
Klein have awesome geometry design on all their frames and gives them better handling no matter on or off road. Their paint job is one of the best out there. *If you check out the Klein website, you can pick the paint you want but it can cost you up to $750USD just to paint it. Also, their internal cable routing is a great design accept you will have a hard time getting the cable through it. I spend a hour to get my rear der. cable through it. But overall, its a great frame but if you by this bike with stock parts, I'll say the parts don't match the frame.
Bike Setup: Large frame, lx rear der, xt front, sram cassette, shimano chain , Chris king headset and hubs, rynolite rims, Bontrager stem and bar, tomac bar ends, deore shifters, tektro brakes, salsa seatpost, cannondale seat, fsa isis bb, bontrager racelight isis cranks, hutchinson mosquito frnt, python rear, salsa ultralight tubes..
a Cross Country Rider
from innsbruck, austria, europe
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2002
Strengths: good stiffness of frame, perfect geometry for me
Weaknesses: very bad parts (suspension fork, pedals, ahead set, hubs...),
It's a shame for KLEIN to use theese poor parts on a bike with this prize! The manitou fork worked around 1 month, after this, I was at my dealer nearly monthly until I have invested into a SID SL. Now, after one year, the front hub is gone, one of the Bontrager pedals were broken after 2 months (look also the Bontrager review of this pedals), the other has now a bad bearing. The headset is thigthed very poor, so it gets rusty and must be replaced.
Bike Setup: now with rock shox sid sl, and soon with chris king ahead set, spd 959 pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from Essex Jct., Vermont
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002
Strengths: You know when yuour looking for a car and some are nice looking but just don't feel right and then BAM, you sit in one, and it feels like home. Thats the Klien! This bile is soooooooooooo sweet. It handle like a Ferrari and climbs like a HumVee. Without changing myself, this bike has improved my biking by 25%. No kidding! I beat this bike like you wouldn't beleive. Year after year it continues to perform like new.
Weaknesses: The shock has a lockout, which has failed a number of times. I got sick of taking it in, but do miss it. Talk about night and day. I really miss the lock-out. Seems like the paint chips easy, or is it that I take some hard falls? Either way it's a beautiful paint job to muck up!
Do it, spend the money and just do it! You'll be glad. This is a great bike for racing, or overall "true" Mt. Biking. This is a high end bike. If you can't appreciate it, don't buy it.
Similar Products Used: Specialized, Kona, GT, Trek
Bike Setup: Stock
chris "the belge"
a Weekend Warrior
from Pangbourne, UK
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2002
Strengths: the ride, the finish, race componentry
Weaknesses: tyres are rubbish in the wet/mud, Time pedals are a pain for tricky stuff when you suddenly need to release your feet for balance, paint job is so nice it hurts when you finally scratch it.
This bike is a special ride. The geometry/frame gives a very responsive ride whilst remaining incredibly smooth and light, despite sitting in a forward position. It accelerates without effort and is easy to place through technical sections. The Duke Race forks are the best compromise between strength and weight, though the travel is best suited to XC. The finish is the best I've seen on any bike which makes it feel special, though you'll get bloody pissed off when you scratch that paint...I did. If you like a fast racing-biased ride and something unique, you'll love this. It is a cut above the rest.
Similar Products Used: looked at Specialized Stumpjumper Pro and Cove Stiffee
Bike Setup: XT/XTR, Bontrager Race wheelsets and stems
a Weekend Warrior
from Ann Arbor
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2002
Strengths: This is the nicest bike I have ever seen or ridden. The finish and features set make it worth every penny. The cables are fed through the fat tube frame in a unique way to keep them clean, dry and free of wear and tear. The components are all first rate or near top-of-the-line quality.
The frame is stiff and responsive without being too hard or jarring. The Duke Race Rockshox smooth the bumps while improving handling over lesser quality forks. The Shimano XT drivetrain is as smooth as it gets.
Another factor in our decision was the expertise and pleasant personality of our dealer made a big difference too. You won't find Kleins at every corner bike shop.
We were offered a 10% discount because we bought 2 at the same time.
Weaknesses: This is not for someone looking for a "beater" bike. Although the frame's finish is plenty tough, it's so beautiful you'll want to keep it looking new as long as you can. Run your fingers over the painted (not decals) lettering for tactile evidence of the sensual quality of the fine, fine finish. A scratch will break your heart...
Look at all the alternatives but don't buy until you look at a Klein! You will be spoiled once you ride one! If you want a special bike with a sweet ride, check out Klein.
Their website is www.kleinbikes.com. Check out their cool "baseball" caps too!
(If you are a fan of Seinfeld, look carefully at the bike he has hanging on the back wall of his apartment!)
Similar Products Used: We test drove Raleigh, Trek, Specialized, Fisher and Cannondale fitness, hybrid, or adventure bikes. Cannondale was the next closest competitor but the Klein beats them all. Once you get to near the $2k threshold, look carefully at the gruppo.
We bought "generic" Liberia-branded road bikes almost 30 years ago because they were the state of the art frames at the time and had all the top components. Buy the best and make it last...
Bike Setup: Stock except adding a Shimano Flight Deck computer when it arrives.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002
Strengths: Looks, build and finish quality Ride Uniqueness
exceptional ride fast start sprint great shocks If you are looking for something a little different with great performance and exclusivity, the klein is for you. Feels and looks like no other bike on the market! Will give you great riding pleasure.
Weaknesses: I have come across only two weaknesses with my bike:
1. hard seat 2. The hand grips try to slide off, but that's a problem that can be easily fixed.
In my opinion, unless your a racer, most bikes that cost over $1,000 are going to be sufficient. You might have to upgrade a few things such as the rear and front derailer, which to me are the most important aspects of the bike. But other than that the bike is going to do its intended purpose. I think the bottom line to buying a bike is to find one that you'll be happy with. I bought my Klein bike for a couple of reasons. 1. It looked cool. I love the color gold. It stands out and plus I've never seen anyone else riding a gold bike. 2. It came with high-quality components. I haven't had any problems switching gears, and to me that's a huge plus. XTR is the way to go. 3. The bike is light weight. Sometimes I have to carry it over a log and the lighter the bike is the easier it is to carry 4. I love the internal cabeling. The break and gear cables don't get in my way.
I knew before I even bought this bike that I was going to love it. My advice to those searching for a bike is to get exactly what you want. Don't settle for second best. I bought a Gary Fisher 2001 Paragon and I wasn't satisfied with it. I knew the moment I bought it that I wasn't getting exactly what I wanted. My initial dislike about the bike was its colors. Red, white, and black are not my ideal of cool colors. But, more importantly than that, the thing I disliked most about the bike was the cheap LX front derailer. The thing always screwed up. It sucked. Plus, I even had my rear derailer start skipping gears. I took it to the dealer to have him adjust the derailers and when I got my bike back the front derailer was still messing up. I just wasn't happy with the bike, therefore I started looking for a new one and fell in love with the Klein Attitude Race.
If your looking for a bike to really enjoy then start with Klein. They have a good range of selections and they look really cool. Especially the new 2002 models.