Here is my 2001 or 2002 Klein Adept (not sure which year).
Although not a “vintage” Klein, I love the unique design and feel of this bike so much I bought a second frame and built one for road commute and general goofing off. I enjoy all your retro riders passion and appreciate the work that goes into rebuilding bikes and hunting for parts. It is a great hobby just like rebuilding old cars. I picked up a 3DV Ringle Moby seat post for my road Adept and thus my vintage parts obsession began. I want to mix old and new and throw as much vintage 3DV parts on this Klein as possible and still keep the bike “modern”. Here is what I intend to do but I want some general opinions and thoughts
1) Ringle 3DV seat post/skewers definitely
2) Already picked up some Cook Bros RSR black cranks but want a 3DV middle chainring – Kooka perhaps? Either 3DV or blue. Any other suggestions?
3) Ringle 3DV or vintage Klein water bottle cage – I don’t use the cages. Just there for the “look”. I use a camelback. Which should I get? The old ringle or old Klein. The Klein is definitely retro may be a bit more stockish but the 3DV ringle may fit the color scheme with my other sought after 3DV parts. Suggestions??? Opinions???
4) Kooka Billet 3DV stem 105mm 0 deg…yeah right I know this is kinda holy grail
5) What are some other vintage or non-vintage 3DV anodized parts I could use? Thinking of Ringle 3DV hubs but not sure if they will work with my Mavic crossmax’s ceramic rim brake. I like these rims but not sure if the lacing pattern is compatible. Sorry I am not up-to-date on wheelset mechanics. Any suggestions?
6) What about Paul brake levers? I use SRAM X0’s twist shifters and don’t want to give these up and not sure if the Paul’s will clear. I asked this in the “general” forum but got no response.
Looking for these parts
Although I love looking at all the retro Kleins, I am not a huge fan of the crazy paint jobs. I mean they are unique but I wish Klein just came out with a few standard color options for those of us who don’t like the bling as much. I know you guys are going to want to kill me but in the future I would like to repaint my Klein a flat black powder coat look like Santa Cruz bikes have. I would also like to put on some retro Klein frame decals. When I inquired with TREK about powder coating and prepping the frame for paint spray or powder coat, their response was they said something about the rear triangle welds not being able to handle the heat and the paint removal needs to be hand done and can't be media blasted, which is what I heard needs to be done in order for the paint to bond with the frame? I have emailed spectrum powder works http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com
. SyCip Bikes custom frame builder who had done powder coating http://www.sycip.com
and a local powder coater who has done many a steel and alu frames. All have said that they don’t think it should be an issue, have done hundreds of alu frames and are not sure what TREK is saying. I really think it is to protect their ass in the event something goes wrong. What do you guys/women think?