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    1999 Klein Mantra

    Any of you experience your front end on these bikes to be a bit hard to control when seated climbing? Also, I feel like I am going to endo on this bike all the time. The bike is sized correctly for my height, but seems very squirrly. Been riding for years, so not a noob, but have never riden a bike I have to pay soo much attention on.

    As a side note, I have the singlespeed bug real bad and haven't riden my Klein in awhile. If any of you dig these bikes, I may be willing to sell.

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    I think the Mantra frame is vary solid so flex should not be an issue. You should check your stem & handlebar length as they do impact how your front end feel. If you stem is 120-150mm and match with a short bar width like 560mm then your bike will feel vary sensitive to your imputs. You'll notice newer bike have gone with shorter stem like 90-100mm length and super wide bar like 640mm.

    Check your headset make sure its not too lose.

    Also older forks will flex more then modern counterparts.

    I would say the swap the stem to a shorter one first and see how that works as its the most economical fix.

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    Try getting the handlebar up a bit. I have a 30 deg stem and set of riser bars and do not feel like I'm gonna endo at all.

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    Klein Mantra

    The Klein Mantra does require a bit of getting used to. A couple of things will help.
    1.0 Change bars to risers and a bit wider.
    2.0 When decending clamp your thighs on the seat and load the suspension. This will keep it active.
    3.0 Climbing should not be a problem on the Mantra. The Mantra always climbed well.

    I retired my Mantra this year with a new ride. However, I just converted it to a single speed for winter riding. Perfect full suspension bike for single speed. Suspension locks out when you stand up. Don't have to worry about chain tension because of URT design.

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    long shot...

    Quote Originally Posted by OneArm View Post
    Any of you experience your front end on these bikes to be a bit hard to control when seated climbing? Also, I feel like I am going to endo on this bike all the time. The bike is sized correctly for my height, but seems very squirrly. Been riding for years, so not a noob, but have never riden a bike I have to pay soo much attention on.

    As a side note, I have the singlespeed bug real bad and haven't riden my Klein in awhile. If any of you dig these bikes, I may be willing to sell.
    Its a long shot but do you still have your Mantra for sale?

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    Klein Mantra

    I turned mine into a single speed a few years back. Love to ride in the wet. Perfect design if you want a squishy single speed. When you stand the suspension locks out and on the downhills clamp the seat between your legs and the suspension stays active.

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    I turned mine into a wall sculpture after the rear triangle collapsed.
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