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Old 01-14-09, 11:12 PM   #1
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klein mission control?

hello. i was able to pick up a klein rascal frame today, for almost nothing from the LBS. owner passed away, and no one wanted to ride his bike or something, so i got it for 50$. i was wondering, is the bar/stem combo that came w this called mission control?

where can i pick one of these up? super rare now? are they worth finding? seems like it would be cool, even though it wont really match, cuz my pink/black looks more like coral/grey now.

anyways, i plan to use it as a singlespeed mtb. there was no fork, and i believe it's 1". what would be best on this? alloy fork? chromoly? any thoughts on a ti fork? i work for a frame builder, so i could aquire such a thing..

any advice on what to outfit this with would be appreciated, i know they have something of a following, and while i enjoyed living in the bay area in the 90s, with start to finish and lombardies flooding mt tam with kleins.. ive got no idea what to put of this alloy tubasaurus. im used to steel mtb frames, and have been using a lugged cross bike for off road since 98.

any decent suspension in 1"? should i just aim for as light as possible, cuz a singlespeed will be carried if ridden off road?

thanks in advance for advice
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Old 01-14-09, 11:24 PM   #2
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Ebay and dusty corners of old shops is your best bet to find one in decent shape.

A decent ti fork for that setup will be tough to find, unless you want to build your own as you say.

Lots of older 1" suspension forks around, but finding a good fork in decent shape is getting tougher and tougher. For new quality 1" forks, Marzocchi does some AFAIK, but mostly their lower end forks. I think they can also press a 1" steer tube into some of their newer models, but am not 100% sure on that. Better options with rigid, and many decent custom options out there to do whatever you need.

You may be surprised what can be ridden SS offroad.
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^ yeah, i've been thinking of going rigid, because the only real benefit of the frame is that it's light and stiff.. so i dont wanna weigh it down with like a 3lb suspension fork. my co-0worker built himself a ti fork and loves it. it would also allow me to run a disc break in the front!
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