Back in January of 1999, I purchased a '98 Klein Pulse Comp. It served me admirably as my main off-road bike until 2005. I went to full squishy, and the Klein was reborn as a slick tire hardtail. It made for a suprisingly good road-type bike. Then I purchased a Burley trailer, and the Klein was reborn again as a trailer-tug. Again, the bike excelled in its new role.
Now, it's getting its knobbies back. I have joined our local Park Police Volunteer Patrol, and the Klein really makes an excellent patrol bike. You can slap on the extra racks and various other accessories and it readily adapts to its new role. It's still light, agile and quick, even loaded down.
After nearly a decade, very little of the bike is original besides the frame. The Manitou Spyder finally gave up the ghost this year, so it got replaced by a Rock Shox Judy. The Avid 1.0s gave way to Avid 7s, the wheels have been replaced (still Bontrager Maverick, just newer ones), as has the handlebar, stem and saddle. One major item that is still original are the derailleurs...Shimano STX up front, Deore LX in the rear. These derailleurs are still operating great and are smoother than the XTs on my Trek.
It's a great bike. Probably the best money I ever spent on a bike, seeing that it has lived such a long and adaptive life.
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