I have a 1991 Klein Rascal in excellent condition that I was thinking about selling in favor of a newer road machine. I havent ridden off-road in years. I understand that vintage Kleins with all of the period components can be worth a lot on e-bay, but have no idea how to begin to price it.
It was a custom build in the ultraviolet/magenta fade paint scheme. Components include:
Original chrome Klein bar/stem combo (not cut down)
First generation Rock Shox (still working well --- I even have 2 working inflation syringes)
Cooks Brothers Cranks
Shimano Deore XT hubs, derrailers & pedals
Diacomp 986 brakes
I just had the thing tuned up and re-cabled so it is ready to rock, but I had to change out the old xt rapid fires with some current (cheaper quality) shifter since everything these days is 9 speed.
I always liked the Gary Klein story, where he made a bike for his MIT thesis, patented the idea, collected lots in patents, then lost when his idea was NOT really new at all.
I got to test ride one of his bikes in 1975. I was convinced right then that was the future of Criterium and Sprint bikes. When out of the saddle, it DID NOT MOVE fronm side to side at all. A bike I would NOT want to ride the cobbles on though.
I'm a huge fan. They helped me out when I was racing and running a team. We ran Rascals at the time because they were the Kleins that could be adapted for suspension forks. And they were great! I still have mine from 1991, and it still rocks (but I keep it at my mother-in-law's house in Arizona).
I found a really nice 1987 Chorus last year, same color (ultraviolet) as my mountain bike, and found out what I was missing. You are right, if I were to lose my mind and race another criterium, that'd be the bike that I would pull down. Like riding a scalpel, but certainly not as comfortable as the SL Pinarello.