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New bike - and this one IS different from all the others!

Old 09-14-15, 07:37 PM
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New bike - and this one IS different from all the others!

In two weeks I'll have it in my garage and it will get a LOT of use in the next 3-4 months. And this one's so different I will be playing the part of the uninitiated newbie when it comes to kitting it out just right.

Voila:



If my Olympia doesn't sell before January 1st, I'll be evens for the year

More to come...

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Oooo. Do those grips say . . . No, I'll wait.
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Oooo. Do those grips say . . . No, I'll wait.
I know exactly what the grips say.

Color looks right on for the brand as well.

Bring on the rest.

Please!!!
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I think I'm in some bikeforums parallel universe. What the heck is going on?
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Is that an MTB? It's a whole new world, baby! Pretty soon, you'll be grinding the dirt in your teeth and want more!
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Well, Jeff. It looks like you and I are going up Hurricane Ridge and Mt. Muller. I'm free this weekend.

It'll be fun.

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For the love of dirt...I'm into both, road and mtb...vintage and new...whole lotta fun! Does that bike start with a Y and end with a I?
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Very, very cool. Enjoy.
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For the love of dirt...I'm into both, road and mtb...vintage and new...whole lotta fun! Does that bike start with a Y and end with a I?
Hope so.

One of my favorite mtb brands.

Don't get to see them everyday.
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I am mostly a roadie, but I do enjoy riding my mountain bike, on road and off. Be sure to give us a full update, after teasing us.
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For the love of dirt...I'm into both, road and mtb...vintage and new...whole lotta fun! Does that bike start with a Y and end with a I?
Is it a Yanni? Master musician and bike builder
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I was looking around for more pics, but nothing with any more detail. Sorry - and not trying to tease, but I won't get the bike until 3 October when I head on over to Ellensburg for the Manastash Metric Century.

That's 'cause scozim is passing along to me his 1996 Klein Pulse II. Yeti repainted it for the first owner about a year after that guy bought it. Apparently it once wore that Klein-signature flo-orange and the color was too bright for the guy. Scott got it around 2009 and the guy hadn't ridden it for nearly 10 years. A couple of summers ago I got the opportunity to ride it up in the hills above Ellensburg and once I got the seatpost height sorted I had a great day out on it. Nice to be somewhat familiar with it.

I'd been in cahoots with RaleighSport recently, trying to find a semi-vintage hardtail and he'd been checking out CL for me, giving me ideas on bikes/components/prices to be looking for. I figured it would take some time to find my exact match in an MTB. Then, out of the blue Scott contacted me the other day offering this for sale. What could I say? The price is right, there's little to do to the bike other than personalize it a smidgen and again - I'm already familiar with it. Score

I will be adding a second wheelset with slicks for the road and looking for a backup pair of knobbies, too. I'll also need a pair of bar ends. But that's pretty much it. I foresee a lot of riding my local FS roads and such this winter. I plan on attaching a seatpost-mount rear rack for my trusty trunk bag - might do an overnight in the wilderness with this as my conveyance here and there over the next few months. All I know for sure is that I don't want to stop riding over the winter when the weather turns to crap and this will ensure I still get out and about. Really looking forward to exploring this facet of the cycling experience!!

As soon as I can I'll post pics and specs.

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I think I'm in some bikeforums parallel universe. What the heck is going on?
I'm an old dog trying to learn a new trick

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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
Is that an MTB? It's a whole new world, baby! Pretty soon, you'll be grinding the dirt in your teeth and want more!
I'm hoping you're right - and you may be getting pleas for info from me regarding parts/application on this project! I'll need all the experience the MTB guys here have to offer because in this respect I'm a total noob.

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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Well, Jeff. It looks like you and I are going up Hurricane Ridge and Mt. Muller. I'm free this weekend.

It'll be fun.

Honest.
That sounds like a plan. In fact, forget Hurricane and I'll just plan to come out in the off-season with just the Klein if that suits.

Looking forward to getting this thing muddy

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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
I know exactly what the grips say.

Color looks right on for the brand as well.

Bring on the rest.

Please!!!
I may have posted this thing too early, but I couldn't help it. I am too stoked to finally have found my exact match in the MTB world! Not a Yeti, but I'm happy enough to soon be the third owner of this Klein.

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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I am mostly a roadie, but I do enjoy riding my mountain bike, on road and off. Be sure to give us a full update, after teasing us.
Me, too, but I am expanding my horizons here. Instead of playing the gravel-grinder game (which would've entailed a whole 'nother direction and a lot of effort and time consumption), this solved everything off-road at a stroke.

Pics soon

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
I may have posted this thing too early, but I couldn't help it. I am too stoked to finally have found my exact match in the MTB world! Not a Yeti, but I'm happy enough to soon be the third owner of this Klein.

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Absolutely nothing wrong with a Klein.

They shred just as well as the Yeti.
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Okay, here's the current spec: Everything is Deore LX except the rear derailleur which was upgraded to Deore XT. Bontrager stem and Ritchey seatpost. Fork is Rock Shox Judy XC, wheels are 26" Matrix with Deore LX hubs. That's straight from a couple FB PMs Scott sent me yesterday.

I already have plans to swap the saddle out with one of my two remaining Flite titanium saddles. I think that would be the perfect, minimalist saddle for this, plus it would be PC and they're comfortable - I used to run them exclusively from the early 90s until I began riding Concors and 3ttts in the mid-2000s. I also found a correct Pulse II decal set on Ebay.

I found a nice, new MTB thread here today, so hooray - more info to be gleaned! I really am offroad-stoopid, so any tidbits of wisdom will be appreciated

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The best part of this is it's a win-win. I'll be posting more later but BF is such a fantastic place. I've got my own deal in the works and with two other mtb's this one was expendable. DD had been looking and, having ridden the bike in the past, it works out for everyone. Now, ask him about the "near death" experience and choice words when he rode this Klein the first time. That was entertaining.
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The best part of this is it's a win-win. I'll be posting more later but BF is such a fantastic place. I've got my own deal in the works and with two other mtb's this one was expendable. DD had been looking and, having ridden the bike in the past, it works out for everyone. Now, ask him about the "near death" experience and choice words when he rode this Klein the first time. That was entertaining.
All true. One word was "f**K", yelled REALLY LOUDLY as I suddenly hit a large section of rocky trail at the bottom of the big descent of the day. The rocks were completely hidden by a bunch of weeds/grass growing all through them - to this day I have absolutely no idea how I didn't crash and burn that day

Later on that day I almost washed the front end out two or three times going into the corners on the descent. I'd say it took me about half the day to figure out what kind of gearing I needed at any given moment - the funniest bit was probably right at the start of the day, watching me trying to climb out of the saddle in the lowermost gears and spinning the rear wheel helplessly. That was quite the day full of new learning experiences!

I stole a couple pics from Scott's FB page:





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oooh, that one is going to climb! You mentioned barends. If mine, would move the controls and grips in, hack a little off the ends and install drop bar ends like these:
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