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 Post subject: Klein questions (newbie)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:29 am 
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Hi, this is my first post outside of the mtb threads. I know close to nothing about road bikes but, I've decided that next spring I'm going to add road to my cycling activities.
I want to start out with an old Klein. Can one of you tell me when the production switched to Trek? Also, Is a 98 Stage Comp with 105 group a decent bike? What should I expect to pay for something like that?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:12 pm 
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All Kleins are decent bikes and the 'lower' end of the range can offer better value than some of the prices that are being asked for some 'pre-Trek' Quantum Pros at the moment:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300835886685? ... 1423.l2649

I think Trek took Klein over in around 98-00 - but I'm sure the Klein experts on here will know exactly when! And as per the MTBs, pre-Trek models will command a significant premium over the later bikes. However, some of the 'transition' bikes are still very nice and were still built in Chehalis; this is a good example and, in my opinion, a good price for a complete bike:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=230959

As per for a 98 Stage Comp: I'd probably pay around £300 for a complete bike going up or down by £100 depending on condition.




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I thought 96 was the switch year. I know 98 is certainly post trek


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:32 am 
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Having owned five Klein road bikes I find the 97-02 Quantums to be a great bike for stiffness and weight.
The Quantum Pro posted above would be a super sweet ride. They sprint like non-other and climb just awesome.

Having ridden newer felts like the AR2 and the Orbea BLT I always go back to my Quantum thinking "This is what I want in a bike"


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