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    Thoughts on 1998 Klein Pulse Race.

    I am on the lookout for a cheap(ish) backup bike and came across a 1998 Klein Pulse Race in an ad .

    A lot of the original kit is replaced but wheels, shifters and brakes seem to be stock. Fork is swapped to a rigid Surly Instigator (which seems a bit tall from the one pic I have).

    Intended use is mainly commuting on paved road but maybe with an occasional trail ride thrown in (but I have other bikes for that as well).

    Any input is greatly appreciated.I am aware it does not hold the same status as the earlier and higher end (pre-Trek?) Kleins.

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    /Johan
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    For the intended use you described seems like it would work,,that front fork needs to go though but that should be no big deal..I would not pay more than a couple of hundred dollars for it though..it is kinda cool that it is a Klein..like those old school rigs.

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    For commuting?? Hell yeah! That looks great! But you did not post the asking price.

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    I like Mid-School Kleins... They climb great and are fast riders. Seem to hold resale because of how collectible the old ones are... Looks like a nice rigid commuter / fire road runner.

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    That was my first "real" mountain bike, although I had the Manitou Spyder R elastomer fork. The ride was much better after switching to the Manitou Mars Elite. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer
    For commuting?? Hell yeah! That looks great! But you did not post the asking price.
    Oh, I didn't.
    Asking price is about 280 $ but prices in general are higher in Sweden where I live so a direct exchange rate conversion doesn't tell the whole story

    Going to have a look at it tomorrow

    Cheers
    /Johan

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    I bought the bike.

    Only have a 20 km on it but liking it. Will hang on to the fork initially but had to push the saddle forward a little bit to compensate for the slack seat angle (at about 71.5 right now).

    Ride is harsher than the steel Kona I am used to. Especially with the skinny 1.9 tires. I also guess the relatively short chainstays contribute to this. But overall not a problem for intended commuter use. I will also look into getting better mudguards, at least up front.

    As you can see I have quite a bit longer legs than the seller

    Cheers
    /Johan
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    Cool Bike

    I like.
    2014 Tallboy 2

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    Looks perfect for commuting. I like the fenders (and, unlike on a mt. bike, keep those reflectors!). I'd also keep that Surly fork. I like it.

    Yeah, too bad it's not steel. Road riding/commuting on steel is heaven for its anti-harshness.

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