bikepedia is not the most accurate site, but it was an easy find:http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike
all LX for around $1200...definitely mid-range, especially when compared to upper Kleins.
Maybe mid-range for a Klein, but most definitely not a mid-range bike compared to the entire range of MTBs.
Boutique bikes are not mid range. Klein bikes are not mid-range - there's no sense arguing with that, I've ruled and it stands, no take backs...
Over the years, I've read countless group tests of mid-range bikes - and a Klein never featured in any that I can recall.
Entry level MTBs were considered to start around the £300 mark. Anything approaching £1000 was high-end (whether or not you could spend thousands on MTBs, the masses didn't).
So mid range was clearly about the £500 mark - perhaps going up to £700 tops.
As I've said before, bike mags never struggled to categorise bikes as mid-range when testing bikes together, so neither should we - and it wasn't higher-end exotica, dressed-down - it was mid-range in most of the production bike line-ups. Which was typically around 500-600 pounds.
Trying to place boutique bikes at the bottom of their particular range, as general mid-range bikes, is most certainly detracting from the spirit of what a mid-range BOTM should be about, IMNSHO.