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Flea Market Find: 1989 KLEIN Pinnacle XCD

Old 07-15-22, 02:24 PM
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Flea Market Find: 1989 KLEIN Pinnacle XCD

Literally sitting at a traffic light when a brightly colored bike caught my eye among the odds-n-ends in front of a second-hand store.

I stopped to take a look, because KLEINs are rare, and at a junk shop on this side of town? Internal cable routing, square chain stays; yup definitely the real thing. I’m almost embarrassed by how much they were asking for it, but it was too hard to walk away from.

It matches with the catalog for a 1989 KLEIN Pinnacle XCD in Bright Flare, which is a fluorescent orange-red that’s even brighter than it looks in pictures.
Cosmetically, it’s about 8.5/10, lots of scuffs but no major damage. Mechanical condition is about 8/10, but mostly due to the rusty chain and cable housing ends are starting to come apart. (Looks like c.Y2K compressionless housing, though)​​​​​ Kinda what you’d expect from a well-ridden but 30 year old bike.

I didn’t want another MTB, but I always wanted a KLEIN, and this one was too good to pass up.
18” frame seems a good fit, but a little short on reach, despite the 150mm (!) stem. Might be a good candidate for a 1x “Klunker” build, with some moto bars and some skinwall BMX tires





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Loving the details on this thing:

Internal cable routing with under-the-stays U-Brakes. Who. Does. That??


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Nice bike. Great color.
Pacific Coast Cycles...That brings back memories. Looks like the same bike shop decal from the shop in Oceanside,Ca.
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Wonderful bike. Don't be embarrassed by the price...what, a few sawbucks?

Is that the Seinfeld bike?
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Originally Posted by Desert Ryder View Post
Nice bike. Great color.
Pacific Coast Cycles...That brings back memories. Looks like the same bike shop decal from the shop in Oceanside,Ca.
Oceanside, huh? I grew up in Fallbrook. Small World.

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Wonderful bike. Don't be embarrassed by the price...what, a few sawbucks?

Is that the Seinfeld bike?
It was $100

Liki I said, I didnít need it, but I couldnít walk away from that.

>With the rest of my Made-in-USA crew>

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Ya done good, congrats! 👍 Anyone who walked away from a $100 Klein, should be flogged. 😁
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Holy crap! For a $100?!
Very nice, looks just like mine, which I pegged as an '88, given component date codes, and my determination/belief that Klein did away with the under chainstay U-brake in '89.

What is the serial number? It should be stamped underneath the rear drop outs.
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What is the serial number? It should be stamped underneath the rear drop outs.
SN reads as R054D

All SunTour XCD, down to the cranks and hubs.
Matches the Ď89 catalog I found, except for the painted fork (catalog shows chrome)

Been interesting to compare with my Ď97 Cannondale F-1000; the tech is much simpler, but still quite sophisticated when you get up close.
Of course, the fit and finish on both of them is amazing

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