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    Is this bike worth getting?

    1998 klein attitude race mountain bike size medium. the frame is a 98 but the components are all 2002 and have less than 10 miles on them. drivetrain is all xt with a sram 7.0 cassette, pc 99 chain, and bontrager select crank. brakes are avid single digit 7 with xt levers integrated with shifters. bontrager race light seat(red), bonty race light stem and seatpost. wheels are bontrager superstocks. tires are panaracer trailblasters 1.95. bar is bonty high rise. grips are salsa. shock is manitou black elite 80/100. headset is cane creek c2.
    the frame had a hairline fracture at the headtube downtube junction that we fixed and couldnt get the matching paint so i got some blue paint to touch it up.it looks that way because of the diffent paint and he had to sand a little . What do u think, this bike is going for less than $500 (U.S).....the reserve is $300(U.S.) ....is this worth it? Here's the picture: http://www.geocities.com/joshe236/klein2.JPG
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    Or is this one worth getting?.....Sorry for asking if these bikes are any good, my LBS won't tell me unless I buy an overpriced bike from them, I trust your advice.
    What about this bike? I can get it for $850 (U.S.).
    Frame: Full suspension Aluminium Specialized A1 TIG welded Medium (18Ē) Blue and silver,
    Front Shock: Rock shox SID XC ,
    Rear Shock : Fox FloatAir shock , Cranckset: Specialized forearm 2 Comp , 22/32/44 teeth ,
    Rear Derraileur: Shimano Deore XTR 9 Speeds ,
    Front Derraileur: Shimano Deore XT- E type ,
    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT rapidfire , Brakeset: Avid 2.5 breaks And Avid SL-1.9 Levers ,
    Seatposts: Specialized Alloy 30.9 mm black cut short for down hill and a silver Mongoose cut long for XC,
    Bars/Stem: Azonic Alloy Rizer Bar / Bontrager Alloy Stem ,
    Wheels: Specialized hubset with Black Spokes, red nipples And black Mavic X 221 rims,
    Tires: Mitsuboshi kevelar 1.9 in front and 2.1 in rear, Seats: Selitali XC type for XC post and a no namer for down hill post, .

    What do you think of this?

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    Originally posted by joshe236
    1998 klein attitude race mountain bike size medium.
    I currently own a '98 Attitude and absolutely love it. I outfitted it with a SID fork, Time Atac pedals, and have upgraded most all of the components via attrition - like adding the Chris King headset. If you are confident with the repair of the fracture, I'd highly recommend this bike. With the SID, I paid over $2k for my Attitude when it was new in 1998.

    This bike is light and very responsive. Also, Klein does the little things such as creating very smooth welds, running the cables inside the frame, and creating some of the higher quality paint jobs on 2-wheels.

    Good luck with your decision!!

    PS: I couldn't get your link to work.

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    Here's the picture of the welded klein.

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    Joshe236,
    The parts onthe Klien are good but the frame? HMM cracked and welded essentially weakend that area, the tubing in a Klien are thin enough heating it again would weaken it. The Specialized if it is used ijn my opinion is way too much.

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    That Klein is a great deal, but like someone said before me cracked and weld dont mix; however doesn't klein have a lifetime warrenty on all of it's frames(that excludes paint chips). And that specialized is way over priced. It's worth 1.1K New

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    Here's the picture of the welded klein.
    Why was that frame not returned to Klein? They know their frames break and replace them without complaint ... something fishy here. Do not buy this bike. In fact, I would never buy a used Klein. Everybody else is probably tired of my Klein rants, but I speak from experience.
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    Yea, thanks. I didn't get the bike...... I went to a bike shop and searched around for a new bike...I need one badly. I rode my friends scott vertigo it was amazing compared to my 40 lbs. mongoose. I'm looking into the 2002 Giant Rainer, w/ bombers, disc, etc, and the rockhopper pro 2002, both for $700. Or check out e-bay for a used FSR, below $800. Any ideas?

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    Originally posted by Rotifer
    Do not buy this bike. In fact, I would never buy a used Klein. Everybody else is probably tired of my Klein rants, but I speak from experience.
    I sold my klein, I havent received any death threats from the guy so I think he likes it. It was the hottest xc bike, and I regret selling it 100%.

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    Kleins are fast (I won a cyclocross race on my Mantra) but they are fragile. I imagine that, should the guy crack his fram, you would probably help him warranty it - I would.
    Jeff

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