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    '96 Klein Attitude build (caution, pic heavy bike porn)

    Ok folks, here's my main ride a 96 Klein Attitude. I picked this up as a warranty replacement for my beloved 91, backfire Attitude and have been riding it ever since. Some years ago I had a bit of spare change (well, it took more than a bit ) and wanted to do something special with my bike. So I sent it off to the paint shop and voila...here what it is.

    I love this bike and can't imagine riding anything else. My mechanic said "What would happen if you ever break this frame, would you jump off a cliff?" I said, "No, I'd just sit down and cry."

    Here's a rundown on the parts:

    Fork: 2006 Rockshox Sid Team
    Stem: MC2, 120 mm, no rise
    Bar Ends: Syncros Steerhorns
    Grips: GrabOn MTN-1
    Cranks: Syncros Revolution 172.5
    Wheels: Cane Creek Ti-spokes (used to have the yellow rims but got hairline cracks), CS-M950 cassette
    Tires: Some of the pics have Ground Control/S grays, but they are becoming scarce, so generic Michelins on for now (might soon be Timbuktu's)
    Rear derailleur: XT
    Front Derailleur: XTR M952
    Shifters: XT thumbies (well, duh! )
    Saddle: Thomson Elite/Sella Flite
    Brakes: Avid Ultimate levers/ Paul's Motolites

    I've posted some pics of this bike before but was holding off on it's 'official unveiling'. I had the new fork and bar ends painted last year and they SUCKED with capital letters, so I went back to the shop who painted it originally and instead of having the bar ends painted with a fade, I got them to match the fork. I gave the paint shop about 12 pages of specs as to how I wanted it painted. I do computer art work on the side and the lettering was done using the program I wrote using a font that I designed. I sent in a printout with the letters and the paint shop converted them into decals. It's special and unique and only for me and that's what I like about it.

    Well, it's picture-intensive, but just wanted to show off my main squeeze. I really like that bike. So many good times. Oh, the first three pictures, they were taken at Bartletts Wash in Moab this spring. I was there for a few weeks then and in the fall too.

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    Few more

    Sorry , few more.

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    Bright!

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    ok, explain the turtles part.

    oh, and paint dem rims!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    ok, explain the turtles part.
    Hollister, you're either a very brave or a very stupid man. Knowing some of my posts in the past, you probably really don't want to know and should have left sleeping dogs lie. But I'll probably tell you anyways later on.

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    Looks like a big lure for gettin' muskies in Lake Superior.

    Sweet.

    Can't help but love it!

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    Reminds me of:

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    Well, in a strange way it makes me feel better about my builds...but I like your 'attitude' that if it works for you, thats the way it's gonna be. You kinda left yourself open for a "BB" attack, so thanx for takin the heat off the HOOV for awhile

    Basically I like it, but the rims/hubs are a problem and I'm not sure about the spots...but like I said, if it works for you.....


    ( and there goes Rumpfy..looking at rear ends again...once again I ask... coincidence? I think not! )
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    First off, I don't know what a 'bb' attack is, 'bufu build'? I knew that I would run afoul of something somewhere.

    When you say you're not sure about the hubs, I'm going to guess that you mean the period correctness (Hey Stan, I've spoken for you before w/out asking, now I'll think for you too). Actually, the wheels aren't as period incorrect as you might think. They aren't actually Cane Creek hubs but Cronometro hubs. I didn't say CM as I wasn't sure people would know what that was and they are sort of a hybrid. Cronometro is a shop in Madison WI (sure that Shayne knows it) that patented this type of wheel (here's the patent listing). I bought these wheels in 97 from CM. At a later time, Cane Creek bought the patent from from CM. So the hubs are only 1 year after the frame, so I would call that period correct. The tires unfortunately are waaaay off, but are going to be replaced in a few weeks.

    Cronometro screwed up the build something fierce and they had to be rebuilt, by this time Cane Creek had taken over and rebuilt the wheels with the yellow WAM rims, so we're still not that period correct off. Two years ago the rims started to develop small cracks at the spoke holes and had to be replaced. I have two wheelsets and Cane Creek gave me a super deal, the team price, for the rebuild of the four wheels. So the rims are modern but I've had the same style Ti spokes for as long as I've had the wheels and the hubs are still original. I've been looking for a pair of yellow rims (was outbid on a complete wheelset not too long ago) but they are few and far between.

    Hollister, I'm going to be getting an airbrush in the near future so the rims might well be a different color soon enough.

    Rumpfy, stop looking at my rear end. As far as the giraffe spots go, I'll take the heat off you anytime, Stan. One thing about a bike like this, people do remember you, sometimes years later. "I saw you at the so-and-so race" sort of thing.

    I was in a race and there was a very steep hill that 5%, maybe 10% of the people were making it up. I knew the hill was approaching and I was going to get off at the bottom and run up, better to run up from the bottom than falter halfway through. I could hear a crowd cheering and I came out of the woods and saw the hill. There was several hundred people loudly cheering as people tried to climb it. Suddenly I started to feel proud. "I'm going for it" I thought.

    I was wearing my tights with penguins on it and my Team Moosepoop Jersey and as I climbed, people were yelling "PENGUINS! PENGUIN!" One guy was screaming in my ear, "Warrior of the turtles! Moosepoop!" I gave it everything I had. They only left a narrow gap in the crowd near the top and as I crested the hill, people were screaming in my ears, it was more noise than I've ever heard at a race. I still remember the crowd yelling "MOOSEPOOP! MOOSEPOOP!" So yeah, it suits me. One other thing Stan, I ride with tights with penguins and cow spots on them. The giraffe spots are no biggie.

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    By rims, I meant wrong color for the bike,by hubs I meant the difference in color..not a big thing, it just bugs me on my builds to have them non-matching .


    and "BB" refers to BlueBloods.....I've heard they sometimes attack us mere mortals who dare invade their space
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    Oh I know, I don't like the black rims either. In general, I don't like black parts for my bikes at all, whether it be for levers or rims or whatever. As far as the non-matching hubs, I can't remember the story behind that right now but perhaps they were replaced when they were rebuilt? Not sure at the moment.

    I tried to have the silver hubs painted when I had the wheels rebuilt two years ago but this all happened when I was overseas and there were issues with the painter and I just had to skip it. I'm not a wheel rebuilder so it would be expensive to get them redone just for color sake and the Ti spokes run $3-5 apiece, so we'll stick with what I have.

    I've got a number of ideas for when I get an airbrush and if the hubs can be repainted with the spokes in place they will change. I've got a few other bikes that I'm waiting to see what I can do with an airbrush, if anything, before I post to the group as they are still incomplete in my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    ok, explain the turtles part.
    Ok, I have a little more time now but I'll tell you what the phrases all mean. "Friend of the Penguins" is described in this thread. "Team Moosepoop" comes from my family moved to far northern Minnesota to buy a resort in the middle of nowhere. My mom was not nearly as enthusiastic about the move as my dad. She said, 'Ugh, nothing up there but a bunch of moose turds." I received a sponsorship for racing and the sponsor said, "Go out and get a shirt made." So I did. I went to an airbrusher and had green/white/pink lettering that matched my 1990 Attitude with his business name on it and he really liked it. Then I showed him the front, I didn't ask him to name it "Team Moosepoop" but he liked it too. He owned four pizza restaurants and had Team Moosepoop coupons. No kidding.

    As for the turtles, they lay their eggs in late May/early June and there are many on the roads at that time. I hit a turtle once with my car and felt terrible about it. I vowed that I would never hurt another turtle and would always help them. So whenever I see a turtle on the road I will stop and either move it aside or stand by it and direct traffic around it. I was just out west a few months ago and helped 5-6 turtles in Kansas.

    I was riding early June and got totally soaked in a thunderstorm and pelted by hail, not at all fun. I was soaking wet and had to go somewhere after my ride. I only had a small tea towel in my car, not enough to dry off with but enough to sit on after taking my riding clothes off and driving down the road drying off, yes, me wuz nekked. Now I want all you guys to be visualizing this story as I tell it, ok? Picture it...picture it!

    I was going down a two-lane highway when I saw a turtle in the other lane about where the tires would pass. I stopped the car and said, "Oh crap, I'm not wearing anything." Sort of like Stan "Oh crap, I forgot my pants" but I didn't forget them so much as discard them. Cars were approaching from the other direction and I had to rescue the turtle. I throw the tea towel around my waist, it is barely long enough to cover....you know, and almost doesn't wrap around my waist. Ok, tea towel is on, I'm ready for action. I sprint out into the road just before the cars going the other way arrive and grab said terrapin. Now remember: visualize!

    I run back to the center line and there are cars whizzing by me in both lanes and these people are looking at a grown man, barely wrapped in nothing but a towel, in the middle of a highway, holding a turtle. One car went by and the look on their faces was, "Oh that poor man, he must gotten loose from the institution where things are simpler." Another looked like, "WTF WAS THAT?!" An older couple came by and pointed at me. I think he was saying to his wife, "See Emma, I told you, with this young generation of today, the country is really going into the crapper!"

    Hollister, you probably shouldn't have asked and you probably knew that.

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    I say nice build Mr. Pinguwin. That's about as custom as one can get and you pulled it off nicely. Enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguwin

    As for the turtles, they lay their eggs in late May/early June and there are many on the roads at that time. I hit a turtle once with my car and felt terrible about it. I vowed that I would never hurt another turtle and would always help them. So whenever I see a turtle on the road I will stop and either move it aside or stand by it and direct traffic around it. I was just out west a few months ago and helped 5-6 turtles in Kansas.


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    I don't particularily like the rims which will be airbrushed eventually and I'm going to be putting some skinwalls on soon. I have the blackwalled tires on as I had just been in Moab,which destroys a tire in three weeks, so I was using cheapies.

    However, I just ran across a place that has tires that will give the bike some real bling: http://www.sweetskinz.com/html/home.htm. (pass mouse over the tire models).

    Now this, will really be dah bomb.

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    Hmmmmm

    I can't decide.

    These are both cool . . .
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    Pinguwin,

    You're an interesting fellow(said with a complete lack of sarcasm)

    The bike is oh-so-sweet, brings back memories of a time when the neon flag flew proudly and folks extended their personality to their bikes. I was younger and there was more hair growing from my head than my back

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    You should be ashamed

    That thing is a slap in the face to Klein and all Klein owners.But I'm sure in your little geeky world with all your little geeky friends you are just the top (geeky)dog.BTW "HEAVY BIKE PORE"? I think you sniffed all of that ghey paint before that poor poor man sprayed that sh!t all over that sorry a$$ thing that used to be a respectful Klein. Have a nice day CF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY FRED
    That thing is a slap in the face to Klein and all Klein owners.But I'm sure in your little geeky world with all your little geeky friends you are just the top (geeky)dog.BTW "HEAVY BIKE PORE"? I think you sniffed all of that ghey paint before that poor poor man sprayed that sh!t all over that sorry a$$ thing that used to be a respectful Klein. Have a nice day CF.

    What sets this Klein apart from all other Kleins is not the paint...but the fact that it A) Gets ridden with out road slicks and B) gets ridden at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY FRED
    You should be ashamed
    Crazy Fred! Believe it or not, I happened to think about you just this morning and was wondering when you were going to rear your (ugly) head again. I was just thinking that we needed another post from you to spice things up. Good your back.

    And yes, I'm ashamed, but not of the bike, because if you knew how I lived my life...you'd be ashamed too.

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    Why oh why did I decide to read this thread while I ate lunch....
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