1996 Klein Pulse - Race red with upgrades

jimbog

Senior Retro Guru
Hi Gang,

I picked this up yesterday based on a fairly basic advert with only one picture. On getting it home I am very happy with my purchase. Nothing amazing but I’ve never had a Klein (yes I know it’s essentially a trek) but it’s a lot lighter than my 96 Stumpjumper pro.

On closer inspection-

1996 Klein Pulse size 18 inch in race red.

Shifters: Shimano Deore XT Rapidfire Plus M738 3×7-speed Shift Brake Levers

Front Mech:Shimano Deore XT M737 3×7-speed

Rear Mech:Shimano Deore XT M737 SGS Direct Fit

Rear Cassette:Shimano 7-speed Deore XT 11-34T

Chainset: Middleburn 42/32/22T 5-arm 175mm

Front Wheel:Wolber AT 400 559 26″ Presta Titanium Light Rim with Shimano Deore LX HB-M563 Parralax QR Hub 32h hub (changed in photo)

Rear Wheel: Mavic 217 SUP UB Control Eyeletted Presta Rim with Shimano Deore LX HB-M563 Parralax QR Hub 32h 7/8Speed Cassette Hub (changed in photo)

Headset: Chris King threaded

Brakes: Wilderness trail bikes speedmaster Cantilever with original pads

Fork: Rockshox Judy XC

Seatpost: x lite

Seat clamp: X lite

Handlebar: wilderness trail bikes Titanium

Pedals: Deore XT
 

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jimbog

Senior Retro Guru
Wanted to lose the Judy XC and fit a Cannondale P bone rigid fork and change a few bits up.
Thanks to thefallguy I sourced a nice polished fork today and added some Wildgripper sprints that I had in the shed.
Swapped the headset over from an S works that I have and here’s the result.
Need to get the steerer cut down a bit and make a few more changes.
 

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jimbog

Senior Retro Guru
I had planned to colour match the forks but quite like the polished aluminium. What do you guys think? Paint or polish?
 

jimbog

Senior Retro Guru
A pic of the lovely Caroline Alexander on her Pulse back in the day.
 

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Elfman

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Nice Pulse! Was it easy to get that P-bone fork into the headset?

I'm currently trying to convert a Super Fatty with some difficulty. The steerer appears to not be fully round....the bearing race surfaces on mine create flat areas along the whole length of the steerer.
 

jimbog

Senior Retro Guru
Nice Pulse! Was it easy to get that P-bone fork into the headset?

I'm currently trying to convert a Super Fatty with some difficulty. The steerer appears to not be fully round....the bearing race surfaces on mine create flat areas along the whole length of the steerer.
So far so good. The crown race seemed to seat just fine but I still need to cut the steerer tube down and reset the star nut before I can tighten everything up properly. Also going to try and colour match them too.

From what I understand some p bones were made with headshock suspension and some were supplied rigid on the trials type bikes. I think mine were from a rigid bike and not converted. Not sure if this changes anything fitment wise.
 
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