Could we bring back Klein
Could Klein be resurrected and started up again?
Trek hold the name but I canít see what they are going to do with it.
There are so many people out there that want to keep Klein alive.
Imagine what you could do if you employed some of the original employees and applied their knowledge to the bikes of today.
Imagine a Carbon Adroit with XX1 and some innovative paint scheme.
Iím not talking about a Trek design. I mean something created out of Chehalis.
Take a look at this site.
www.Kleinspainted.com - Kleins painted resprays by jonrock
This person was a UK Graffiti artist that fell in love with the paint schemes and he even went as far as to track down some of the original employees.
People are still inspired by their craftsmanship.
IMO this is where the American economy went wrong.
Itís the same England, we need to bring back manufacturing home, stop closing down our factories and losing the skills of our employees.
A Cannondale and Klein used to be stamped with the Stars and Stripes.
unfortunately they didnt sell in great enough numbers to warrant future sales. while the vintage forums are busy, they dont generate anywhere near enough actual sales of modern bikes to be long term viable.
You could say that. But it all depends on how you look at it?
Originally Posted by scant
Did Klein need Trek? Were Klein in trouble or did Trek want a piece of Kleins success?
Something went wrong somewhere.
The bikes would still sell, although maybe not in the numbers that Trek would like.
You have to remember that Klein where like Aston Martin.
Ford can't expect to buy the Aston brand and sell them to your average working class family.
Plus there is the fact that most die hard Klein and Aston fans know their sh*t. Meaning they wouldn't purchase a Trek/Klein or Ford/Aston.
I think there is still a market for a bike player like Klein.
Someone that offers something unique, handcrafted and appealing.
Klein was in trouble.
And trek couldn't fix it.
Their absolutely terrible dual suspension designs were the death knell, IMO.
That and their demise just predates the rise of Carbon for road bikes. No one (except for maybe a few hundred crit riders or something) were shopping for ultra stiff, oversized aluminum ass-crushers. Their day was done, race had been run.
(I owned three Adroits and a few Attitudes over the years, just for clarification)
Last edited by rideit; 07-01-2013 at 06:11 PM.
"We LOVE cows! They make trails for us.....
And then we eat them."
thats the point a lot of Klein lovers fail to realise. Klein would have closed down a lot earlier if Trek hadnt stepped in.
Originally Posted by rideit
Klein-inspired paint jobs via Project One would be a nice way for Trek to acknowledge that part of their heritage.
There was a really great article with Gary Klein in Switchback magazine last year.
Switchback - June/July 2012
Trek isn't even interested in using the Gary Fisher name despite using Fisher in their ads. If they ever did make a Klein bike it would just be a name. They're not going to be able to sell a real Klein style bike. It would go against everything they've been trying change about aluminum frames.
The good news is that the old Kleins are still around. You can find them if you want them.
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