Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sierra Madre, California
Bikes: Gary Fisher Nirvana S--Specialized Crosstrail Limited
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i rode a cobia last week, also. in fact it was the first 29er i have ever ridden - not 20 feet into the ride i had to look back to make sure i wasn't riding a full suspension rig - really nice and really smooth!
the thing that struck me about the klein that i rode yesterday was the paint job. i believe it's what they call 'linear black' - at first glance the bike was black, then dark dark purple, then green. amazing paint job and a very clean top tube. with the 26" wheels it didn't ride nearly as cushy as the 29er but i loved how responsive it was. it also seemed like i had better modulation with the hayes hfx-9 brakes than i did with the mechanical avid bb-7's that were on the 29er - but then i should have, the hayes are hydraulic.
now that i have "discovered" klein, so to speak, i like the idea of shopping around for an '05 XV.
i appreciate the feedback - right now, although i'm a gary fisher junkie and love the 29er's, i'm leaning in the direction of a klein. i guess i'll just have to test ride a few more before i pull the trigger. basically i'm very impulsive - if i had the bank i'd have one of each.
Last edited by sdr; 04-03-06 at 12:53 PM.