I can't believe I'm getting dragged into this, but here goes.
> an out dated technology
Of course it's an outdated technology, that's the entire point of this group.
I have yet to meet a single vintage Klein owner who thinks that there have been no advancements in the last twelve years...not one.
> over the same terrain they would very quickly self destruct
I've already addressed this point. Take your favorite bike, how many miles and races does it have on it? It's possible it's more than my vintage Klein, but unlikely. Same for the mud/paint thing.
Most people who buy expensive vintage Kleins are not racing them and they are display items.
World Ranger, I invite you to come to Hillside Park for my next race and see how this all works. I'm not saying that my Attitude outperforms a newer bike. Just that I'm racing against people with 2004-2008 bikes and in my last three races, I took 3rd, 3rd, and 1st. It's not a brag, it's just a fact.
Hardtail technology hasn't advanced that much in the last years, not enough to as much a difference as the rider makes. Full suspension, that isn't the case.
It's ok if you don't like Kleins or have negative impressions, but there are numerous people who have different experiences.
Good man! I will be racing my Attitude this season. It has Manitou One's on there right now, but I have the rigids also.. If I can source a tool, I will be swapping it back over to rigids.. I will of course have to go and have a check up with my dentist beforehand
If you have any pics of you racing the Attitude, please post them..
89 Fisher AL-1 - Fixed to the turbo trainer
90 Klein Quantum -
99 Kestrel 500sci
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