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    Klein Gossamer Attitude S/N 20T0993025

    I've never really liked Kleins. They seemed too expensive when I was a poor student, and the marketing was slick and there seemed to be too much emphasis on paint. I've been fortunate to sample a lot of different bikes over the years, so I thought it would be worth looking at a Klein in more detail. A lot of people seem to like them for some reason. This Attitude with Gossamer paint was the first one in my size that appeared locally, so I thought I would give it a shot.

    I've ridden it with an open mind, and concluded that the ride offers a unique experience: plenty harsh, a light weight feel, and good for riding where you are actively following the terrain. Maybe it has merit because it is that different.

    Aside from swapping out the tired Ground Controls and worn grips, I decided it was plenty functional with the stock build. The overall condition of the bike is very good but not perfect.






























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    A single tear rolls down Hollisters face.

    Cool bike TD! They're definitely fun riding bikes. Sadly the paint/cleanliness/over-restoration of these bikes gets in the way of that too often.

    You gonna keep and continue to ride it for now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    A single tear rolls down Hollisters face.
    You don't know the story behind this one?
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    awesome bike, love it !

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    Killer bike, when you do it you do it right

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    you motherfuc*er! i love it, i want it, and judging by the bikeline sticker, it was originally from my area! did you find it in the tri-state area, or are you elsewhere? keep the open mind. they're great bikes to ride; just bring out a comfy steel bike for the extra rocky trails.

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    Great bike and photos. Ride analysis is spot on


    Why would you own 100 Yugos when you could own 1 Porsche? - Rumpfy



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    You gonna keep and continue to ride it for now?
    Good question. I've never been that keen on the aesthetics of the design: it's just too big and bulbous for me. I'd also probably be just as happy with a single color-paint job, but I'm not looking to trade at this point. So it's about the unique ride, which I'm enjoy for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by s4gobabygo View Post
    did you find it in the tri-state area, or are you elsewhere?
    Somehow it made it to a garage sale in Colorado, but that's not where I got it, unfortunately.
    Last edited by DoubleCentury; 05-16-2013 at 11:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    Good question. I've never been that keen on the aesthetics of the design: it's just too big and bulbous for me. I'd also probably be just as happy with a single color-paint job, but I'm not looking to trade at this point. So it's about the unique ride, which I'm enjoy for now.



    Somehow it made to a garage sale in Colorado, but that's not where I got it, unfortunately.
    I thought mine was an excellent technical climber. Going downhill the fork felt nice and precise. But yeah, stiffer than your average 1" tubed steel bike in all directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    Somehow it made to a garage sale in Colorado, but that's not where I got it, unfortunately.
    well it's a great find, and i hope it continues to be ridden, and to grow on you for years to come.

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    I like the paint.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2, or 3. Fillet brazed Ibis Custom. Cunningham Racer. Otis Guy (but not that softride model). That's all I need I don't need anything else... except... except for an old Mountain Goat bar stem combo. And that's all I need. I don't need anything else. Except.....

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    Nice, DC! I've only seen one irl. It was hanging in the rafters at the workplace of somebody here.

    Yours is in great condition. I like it.

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    Nice example. This one seems to be immune to corrosion which was very common on the other Gossamers I've seen. Something about the paint process with the torch introducing contamination.

    Glad you like, they do ride like nothing else out there!

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    You could drop a pound off that build. Just looking at those heavy qrs on a Klein makes my head spin. The early shimano under bar shifters are not sexy and heavy. That frame begs for a sick, functional lightweight build; w/ fat, light, modern 2.3 tires.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Never saw that paint before - LOVE IT!
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    That frame begs for a sick, functional lightweight build.
    Klein frames weren't all that light.

    I like the stock XT build. Very refreshing from all the fashion over function builds that these bikes now get "restored" to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    Klein frames weren't all that light.

    I like the stock XT build. Very refreshing from all the fashion over function builds that these bikes now get "restored" to.
    lol. Good info, Shayne. I have one and it's a lot heavier than I expected.

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    I decided that the functionality of the stock build was worth keeping over parts that creak and are prone to breaking.

    One surprise was the late model XT flat pedals. This is the first set I've seen with the cartridge bearing system, a la
    M737 clipless pedals. I vaguely recall this feature when it came out, but by then no one really cared about something
    that wasn't clipless in 93/94. I guess this means the spindles could be upgraded to Ti.

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    I had assumed that you swapped out the pedals and tires to ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    I thought mine was an excellent technical climber. Going downhill the fork felt nice and precise. But yeah, stiffer than your average 1" tubed steel bike in all directions.
    I hope you're appreciating the strap setup on that thing.
    -eric-

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    The pedals came off, although they would be very nice on my commuter bike.

    I've ridden it with the original Ground Control tires, but they are falling apart. I'll probably
    mount some large-volume modern tires for subsequent rides.

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    That's a good looking bike DC...glad to hear it's getting ridden as intended.
    Is the BikeLine sticker from Allentown PA? Ti stem bolt?


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    Yes, Ti stem bolt and Bikeline from Allentown. I'm not sure how it ended up in Colorado, but it's been under-appreciated
    over the years. The wear seems to be more from kicking around a garage. I'm looking forward to riding it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Ti stem bolt?
    I think virtually all Kleins came with Ti bolts on the MC1s.

    Fun fact about the bolts, is that although they have metric heads and threads the actual shaft is SAE #10 or something. So Klein had to machine down the ends and then thread for M6x1.0. Talk about doing it the hard way.

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    some saddle height!

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