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Old 03-29-09, 02:43 PM   #1
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Fresh build! Klein Performance w/ENO hub

Hey Everyone!

I just thought I'd post my recently completed Klein Performance build up using the White Industries ENO hub.

I picked up the frame off of craigslist with a broken rear derailleur hanger for a steal, then using some existing parts, and deals from ebay, was able to construct this beauty! The black/white strips are just electrical tape and trim tape, I tried to cover nicks with them, and add some style. The ENO hub is a real nice piece of kit, but a bit tricky to adjust when you first get it. It has a tendency to rotate itself out of the dropout when adjusting the chain, but once you get the hang of it it's apiece of cake.

All work was done by yours truly, only real challenge was getting the freshly laced up ENO wheel perfectly true.

The frame was Klein's touring/relaxed road model, I believe this one is around 1989 or maybe a bit older. No gradient tubing on this guy, just the classic large tubes with super smooth welds. The seat and chain stays are huge making the frame way stiff, but because the rear wheel is so far back it rides like a dream.

If you have any specific questions just ask!



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Old 03-29-09, 02:45 PM   #2
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isn't there some weird proprietary fork/headset/something or other size on klein frames?

i vagely remember something, but can't place it.
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I like it. I don't like the purple handlebar tape, though, maybe white instead? Sweet bike, I actually have never seen a bike built up w/ the eno hub, could we see a close up of it?
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Old 03-29-09, 03:34 PM   #4
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isn't there some weird proprietary fork/headset/something or other size on klein frames?

i vagely remember something, but can't place it.
That started on the Attitude MTB, they continued it on the Quantum, Pro I believe. Essentially it was a cartrige bearing instead of a loose ball system. This also included the use of the Mission Control stem, and yes it was a special size, special size for a special bike!

As for the bar tape, I had it laying around, thought it went well with the teal and blue bits. White would look nice, but free is better!

These pics are from my iphone, I'll get some better ones with my camera and focus on the hub too.
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klein has made some of the sleekest frames with the ugliest dropouts ever. i have a love/hate relationship with them. nice build though, that WI hub will give you love for years.
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I'm thinking of getting a Quantum Pro, and using an ENO hub. I think the shape of the micro drops are more akin to the ENO hub.

These dropouts are pretty ugly, but man are they stiff!
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That's a crazy wheelbase, I could fit my head between the rear wheel and the seat tube.
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no doubt. makes for a plush ride, while being mad stiff.

thinking of trying to get a pump for that space
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Hi Brendon,

Interesting treatment to this frame. I have the same one that was originally set up as a "racing package" on this long frame. I added Barcon shifters and some additional gearing for light touring.

I would kill to get the shifter boss on your downtube so I can restore the bike to its original configuration. (Custom for this configuration only, this is the first one I have seen in a long time.) Any chance you would part with it?

Enjoy the ride.

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isn't there some weird proprietary fork/headset/something or other size on klein frames?

i vagely remember something, but can't place it.
Yeah, it's the Airhead system. I think there were a couple iterations. Trek was still converting some specific frames to a standard 1-1/8' system as recently as a year or two ago when we sent one to Waterloo.
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