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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:14 pm 
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Greetings,

Can anybody help me with identifying an old (pre-1990) Klein racing bike frame:

Frame number is K111 – from rear dropout.

Plain red frame with early red ‘KLEIN’ font. Sticker has been lacquered into paint. No other stickers or head tube logo.
No internal cables.
Came fitted with original Dura Ace cranks (mid-80’s)
Sakae front fork in OE colour.

I would really appreciate any help that you can offer?

Kind regards,

Antony


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:15 pm 
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Some pictures would be very helpful.

I don't know how to date a Klein from its serial number, but I was reading this blog page a few days ago, and there are some details of early Klein road frames:

http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/2000_05_01_archive.html

Here's a 1985 brochure:

http://www.equusbicycle.com/bike/klein/ ... gnificent/


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:02 am 
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Just incidentally, here's a 1978 review of the Klein Team Super by a certain Gary Fisher...

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=15258

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=15262


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:30 pm 
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Hi Jim & thanks for info,
Having had a look at your 1985 brochure I think this frame would date from the late '80's....

Will post some pics up later.

Cheers,


Antony


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:21 pm 
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Here are all the details if anyone can help:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0707380398

Not really looking to plug the advert BTW - more interested in what it is.

Cheers,

Antony


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:36 pm 
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I'd say it's certainly a Klein Kirsten - that's a lady's road/touring model. Compare the light blue frame bottom left in this catalogue page from 1989:

http://bp2.blogger.com/_hSZo5vjiPmQ/Rx- ... 989+p8.jpg

I know Klein had some odd methods of frame sizing, but I guess 47cm centre-to-top must make yours the 47cm model. The catalogue says new for '89, so at least you know it can't be older than that.

Here's a better picture from 1990:

http://bp0.blogger.com/_hSZo5vjiPmQ/Rx- ... Advert.jpg

Both those pictures are linked from the blog page I posted above.


Last edited by one-eyed_jim on Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:48 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:43 pm 
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Thanks for that, Jim - much appreciated! Antony


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