Klein Pulse Pro 97 Bike 1998 or Older

4.87/5 (52 Reviews)
MSRP : $1299.00


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Klein Pulse Pro 97


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephanie

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013

Strengths:    Strong frame, good components. Long lasting, still looks great.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike new in 1998. It has been on all kinds of terrain and abuse. Never had any issues with the paint like others have mentioned. There are a couple chips in the paint but it is almost 17 years old! Frame is still in perfect condition. I rebuilt the shocks about 2 years ago and it is still functioning flawlessly. Still the proud owner of this bike. Only wish I could upgrade to disc brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thomas McBride

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2013

Strengths:    I have a 1997 Klein Pulse Pro solar yellow with Cane Kreek Cronos wheels, Thudbuster suspension seat post, used in 2 US NORBA National races and a few local races. Insane climber as it is a super-light hardtail with responsive handling downhill.

Weaknesses:    Paint chips, a few of those. Really no weaknesses except for the Rock Shox Judy SL is a bit tinny with big hits.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, a legendary bike with a 2.9lb frame. I have one to sell (sapienstom@aol.com)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Robins a Cross Country Rider from Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2006

Strengths:    Frame: Strength, handling and build quality.

Weaknesses:    As mentioned by all other reviewers the paint, I bought mine 6 months old immediately stripped it and had it professionally painted, Klein sent me free frame decals the first time, 10 years later when I gave it another complete refurb they sent the same decals out again, free of charge. Manitou's aren't fantastic,

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line? I've had this bike over ten years now! I use it virtually every day for training. The frame is flawless, the welding is superb, the guy who mentioned the welding was poor obviously doesn't weld, is blind or had a bike that wasn't a Klein with Klein stickers on it!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   XT/XTR throughout, Avid brake levers, Mavic rims, Variety of forks!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Denver

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2001

Strengths:    The frame on the Pulse Pro was inspired by God. Light, climbs like a mountain goat, decends like water flowing downhill, and corners on rails. This bike is a dream to ride.

Weaknesses:    Paint sucks. Original component package isn't the best, but lasts forever. The manitou pro forks are soild, but outdated.

Bottom Line:   
If you can get your hands on one of these frames, do it. I have tested comparable products from the 2000/2001 prodcut lines of Rocky Mountain, GT, Schwinn, & Trek... while the component packages are better today, no one comes close to the frame rigidity and responsiveness of the 97' Pulse Pro. If you are conisdering a new bike, make sure you ride the Kliens, I mean really ride them. This is a huge purchase, the biek shop should let you take the bike out for a good ride, if they don't... find a new shop.

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Favorite Trail:   Dakota Ridge, Apex

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   From a friend who owns a bike shop and sold it to me at cost

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Oxygen Race, Raleigh M800, Trek 8000


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Janne a Cross Country Rider from Helsinki, Finland

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2000

Strengths:    A truly excellent frame - lightweight, stiff yet responsive. Unbeatable climber. Good wheels, they're lighter and stronger than you think - Bonty rims and butted DT spokes and nipples on average LX hubs. Cool looks, unmatched quality. Race-ready geometry.

Weaknesses:    The Manitou Pro fork is not on the same level with the rest of the bikes components. The wonderful frame needs a more adjustable fork, like a SID for example. The stock tires are good only on dry surfaces. The WTB saddle and the TREK post are way too heavy. In fact the seatpost weighs 395g!! - on a 23.9 pound bike...

Bottom Line:   
After having ridden a newer bike for a couple of months the top quality of my old Klein has become more and more evident. The ride is something special - the bike can be hammered uphill, downhill or on flat surfaces, and it does well everywhere. The frame is ultra-stiff and still very good on the technical stuff. If you are a serious cross-country rider and still can find a Pulse Pro somewhere, especially as a frameset, don't think twice - buy it. You won't be disappointed. My Pulse Pro is not for sale though!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalanche Team, Marin Indian Fire Trail, Rocky Mountain Vertex T.O. 2000

Bike Setup:   Original, except the tires and fork. I have now a RS Judy XC 99 up front and Continental tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jared Markson a Cross Country Rider from Wayland, MA

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2000

Strengths:    Frame, Wheelset, Stem, Bars

Weaknesses:    ESP drivetrain, Manitou Pro's, Tires

Bottom Line:   
Stock: this bike is good for 6 months of moderate riding. Otherwise it sucks. The frame is sweet. Paintjob is bad. My setup is sick.

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Favorite Trail:   Jamaica State Park, VT

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Big Sur

Bike Setup:   Klein Pulse Pro aluminum frame, 99 Judy XC's, Bontrager Mustang rims, Michelin Wildgripper Tires, '00 XT Crank, rear derailleur, '00 Grip shift attack (plasma) shifters, Mega-9 drivetrain, Bontrager bars and stem, M535 pedals, LX hubs, XT front derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Nate U-lee Ullenberg a Racer from Mukwonago

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2000

Bottom Line:   
One more thing. DO NOT!!!!! DO NOT!!! use a pressure washer on this bike, not even a slightly powerful hose. Or you will notice that there were a lot of black chips in the dirt you washed off. High pressure eats the paint right off this frame!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
John Muir

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Nate U-lee Ullenberg a Racer from WI

Date Reviewed: December 7, 1999

Strengths:    
LIGHT
Quick and nimble in the tight sections
ultra stiff
nice geoetry, more climbing/ motocross style


Weaknesses:    
Bad Paint
Too much clinking from the chain hitting the frame
the stock rims
the stock tires (woopee!?)


Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks. I have raced it and beat the hell out of it and it still comes back for more.
Really fast climber and you need it out here!

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Favorite Trail:   
John Muir

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
'97 specialized Stumpjumper, hated it, leans way too far forwards


Bike Setup:   
'98 Judy XC
White Industrys Crank w/Kooka chainrings.
Bontrager crowbars
2000 ESP 9.0sl
Spinergy SPOX
avid Arch Rival 50

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rome a Cross-Country Rider from Diego Garcia

Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999

Strengths:    
Light weight, legendary Klein ride


Weaknesses:    
NONE


Bottom Line:   
This bike Rocks. It is light and stiff, and easy to portage when necessary. It draws rave reviews and jealous stares everywhere I take it. I always wanted a Klein. However the bike shop in Virginia Beach lied about it's age. They said that it was a 98. Oh well. I love it anyway. I will upgrade the 97 Manitou Pro to a 99 Z2 Superfly, though. Happy riding!

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Favorite Trail:   
Rocky root

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
1991 Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East 1991 Trek 830 Antelope 1999 DBR X2


Bike Setup:   
Purchased as a frameset with 97 Manitou Pro fork in Virginia. Performance Ti flat bar, SRAM Plasma 9 speed shifters, XTR brake levers, Titec Lil Al stem, Titec shorty barends. FSA XLII aheadset, Thudbuster seatpost, Flite saddle, Kooka Bonnie cranks on FSA Ultimax Ti BB, Xt derailleurs, GT CNC/Mavic 217/DT Revolution wheelset, 1998 Ritchey WCS Ti pedals, Odyssey U4 Ti brake boosters on Avid 10 brakes- 23lbs

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Marc a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: October 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiff Frame
Good Acceleration
Light
Beautiful Chainstays


Weaknesses:    
Welds are unsightly
POOOR Paintjob


Bottom Line:   
a great performing frame . Good platform for upgrades . However , it could do with a bit more compliancy . I like the geomtery .... long , great for the climbs . However , I would find the headtube angle a tad too steep . Its sketchy on the downhills because of that . One bad thing about this frame is its paintjob . It peels too easily ... and it wont last . Although it wouldnt affect performance .... but its irritating to see the paint peeling . YUCKS . Overall a billiant chassis ..... just that the paint job lets it down .

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Favorite Trail:   
Any

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Trek Alu Hardtails


Bike Setup:   
Full XT , Z2 BAM , Magura Racelines

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Weekend Warrior from North Potomac, MD

Date Reviewed: September 9, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiffness, FAST, great tubing


Bottom Line:   
Great bike! I havent ridden a stiffer bike. I love my bike - Klein isn't as popular as Specialized or Trek but they should be. I wouldn't trade it in for anything.

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Favorite Trail:   
Schaffer Farms

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Stumpjumper M2 comp


Bike Setup:   
97 Pulse Pro frame, Zoke Atom Bomb, Full XT, Race Face BB and cranks, Crosslink wheels, Tektro Booster, Flight Deck.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Sholin a Weekend Warrior from Oklahoma City, OK

Date Reviewed: August 21, 1999

Strengths:    
This bike is an excellent choice in the aluminum bike category. It handles better than any bike I've ridden. It rides stiff, but not as bad as cheapo aluminum. Geometry is spot on, but I shortened up the stem. Light, responsive, and very agile. ESP 9.0 shifters work extremely well, but you'll need to keep the rear deurallier clean.


Weaknesses:    
LX front deurallier doesn't cut it. I upgraded to an XT. Bontrager mustang rims good for price, but I have an XTR set on now. Ride still a little harsh compared to my Trek 970 OXIII bike I used to ride. Manitou Pro front fork is the price comprimise on this bike. It has loosened up on me so the extremely crisp handling the bike had when it was new has become more sloppy. This is my next upgrade.


Bottom Line:   
Excellent frame that can be upgraded to a world class bicycle. You can get leftovers cheap now. Might also want to look at an Attitude or Adroit if you like fast handling bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   
Lake Thunderbird, Lake Hefner, OK

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Trek 970-Handles good, softer ride, but more flexible. Longer stays and slacker angles make the Klein definitely faster


Bike Setup:   
XTR wheelset, Flite Gel saddle, Short Bontrager forged stem, Avid SD 2.0 levers, Profile carbon riser HB.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jared a Cross-Country Rider from Wayland, MA

Date Reviewed: August 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, Agile, Stiff, Rear der., Pods


Weaknesses:    
Stock Shox (97 Manitou Pro's), Stock Tires


Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE KICKS A$$!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
Turkey Hill, Jaimaica, VT

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Trek 8000


Bike Setup:   
Then: Klein Al frame, full LX w/ ESP 9.0 rear der. and pods. manitou pro's, bontrager mustang rims and stem and handlebars, Panaracer Duster 2's (suck)
Now: Klein Al frame, LX: crank hubs v-brakes, XT: front deraileur, ESP 9.0: pods and rear der., 99 Judy Xc's (sweet), Michelin Wildgripper Lite S (sweet)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dirk a Cross-Country Rider from Chicago

Date Reviewed: July 31, 1999

Strengths:    
light, STRONG, reliable, brakes, climbing


Weaknesses:    
bad standard tires (but that's not Klein's fault)


Bottom Line:   
Although I enjoy riding in the french alpes, I just don't get out there with my bike all that often. On a daily basis I ride this bike in the streets of Chicago, where you really need the shocks considering the quality of the roads here. This bike not only looks really cool but rides really cool. Everything is firm and reliable, I've never had to repair anything, and it had to suffer: I got in a car accident with this bike, and guess what: I wrecked the car (door out of hinges, front panel loose), not a scratch or bend on the Klein. Need I say more?

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Favorite Trail:   
french alpes

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Trek 6000


Bike Setup:   
Judy XC
XT front and back

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross-Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: July 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, Really fast, Responsive, Cool looks, snob appeal (it really draws jealous looks).


Weaknesses:    
I find it too stiff, coz I still use the entry-level Manitou Pro 97 that it came with: An upgrade to a bomber is on the way!!


Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. It's absolutely bombproof yet light. I hope to be able to keep using for many years to come. As it is, it's a great platfom for upgrading of parts. Definitely 5 chillies. This bike is my baby!

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Favorite Trail:   
Poyan Cemetary

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Diamondback Apex, Voodoo Bantu, Cannondale M800, Team Marin, Iron Horse ARS600


Bike Setup:   
Pulse frame with Manitou fork, Shimano LX/XT drivetrain, Kore stem, Bontrager handlebar and mustang rims, CODA barends, WTB saddle and Panaracer Duster II tires

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