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Old 05-18-06, 03:10 PM   #1
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Classic Klein Rascal

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:
  1. Original chrome Klein bar/stem combo (not cut down)
  2. First generation Rock Shox (still working well --- I even have 2 working inflation syringes)
  3. Cooks Brothers Cranks
  4. Shimano Deore XT hubs, derrailers & pedals
  5. 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.

Can anyone point me to any resources for pricing?
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Old 05-18-06, 05:59 PM   #2
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More than you think on eBay. I'd guess 3-400 dollars at least. You would do well to find some XT cranks, swap out the cooks, and, ah, send 'em to me because I'm such a good guy.

No, really, sell them separately. If they are in good shape they'll bring $150 all by themselves.
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Old 05-18-06, 07:07 PM   #3
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Be interesting to see how much it fetches, my brother still has his Top Gun, before they had to rename it.
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Old 05-18-06, 09:02 PM   #4
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I bought a stripped 91 rascal frame and fork last fall for $140 to build patti's commuter. Already had the mission control bar, left over from patti's first Rascal.
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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.
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Old 05-19-06, 07:31 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 05-19-06, 09:35 AM   #7
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Thare is such a demand for Kleins that fake ones are being sold on eBay;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...DME:L:RTQ:US:1
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'ja checkout the feedback? This guy has just recently been busted for selling another fake Klein!
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Caveat Emptor
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