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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:21 am 
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Do Klein haters "hate" the bike or mostly some of the owners with their sometimes pointless discussions about colors, painters and indeed S/N's ? :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:56 am 
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NeilM wrote:
I'm completely indifferent towards Klein's.

They have a certain style, and for a little while back in the 90's I rather fancied a Mantra, but these days I'm pretty 'meh' about the whole brand.


Sums up me about them, really. As a brand and a bike, I'm ambivalent.

But... as art, photos, paintjobs - looking at pictures of them? I think some are simply gorgeous. True bike art.

Do I want to own one, though? Absolutely not. That's not because I'm a hater, they just have nothing I want, in terms of being a bike. But I do like to look at them.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:14 pm 
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I rather like Kleins, probably because I've never owned one.
And also probably based on my only Klein encounter, a quick ride on a Dolomite Attitude around 1992, I remember being blown away by how light and lively it felt (in comparison to my Claud Butler).
No doubt if I rode one today it would seem less impressive than it did back then.

I think the only thing going for the older Klein bikes is their paintwork, now that was something impressive! and something you rarely see today on modern bikes.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:56 pm 
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I'll be honest, I'd never heard of Klein bicycles before I joined this forum.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:01 pm 
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Fantastic looking bikes , attention to detail and those smoothed welds and beautiful paint jobs, but there is only one problem for me .. they are all made out of aluminum


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:16 pm 
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xxnick1975 wrote:
A de-Klein?



spot on!

I love mine to look at but there is something so unappealling about riding with my arse 50cm above my head on a bike so rigid that your teeth fall out. I blame my age


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:59 pm 
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From a retailers point of view, there were two types of customer......

Those that came and bought a Klein, and those that came and bought a Bontrager, both customers were totally different..., and to be fair it was the Bontrager rider that was always at the start of the ride waiting for the off at 8am on a sunday morning Regardless of the weather.

I have always liked Klein, but the above kinda always summed it up for me really.....!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:04 pm 
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pete_mcc wrote:
xxnick1975 wrote:
A de-Klein?



spot on!

I love mine to look at but there is something so unappealling about riding with my arse 50cm above my head on a bike so rigid that your teeth fall out. I blame my age



Rubbish You are not that OLD.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:09 pm 
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For looks Klein clicks all my buttons, for a riding i'd take steel thank you.

Of course my Klein riding experience consists of 10 minutes trail time, 20 some odd years ago.....


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:58 pm 
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xxnick1975 wrote:
A de-Klein?



My first RetroBike chuckle of the day.


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