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Telix 02-10-07 10:27 AM

Opinions on Klein Quantum (2002)
I have the opportunity to get a used 2002 Klein Quantum for about $650. It has the stock Shimano 105 groupo, and the few upgrades are Look clipless pedals, a racing seat, and narrower, lighter bars (40cm), and a cycling computer that comes with it. The seller is a college student who teaches maintenance classes and races, so I imagine it's well maintained. It also appears to be just the right size for me, based on the Competitive Cyclist calculator and the measurements of the Klein. So all in all it seems like it's a darn good deal on a darn good first road bike that will fit me well.

Unfortunately I can't actually test it out as I live two states away - my family is in the same town as the seller, however, which is why I am interested.

I've read good things about Klein's here, but if anyone has ideas of a better buy in the $700 range let me know.

JC 911 02-10-07 12:08 PM

I ride a 2004 Klein Aura and love it. But I did make some major upgrades to it because the components were heavier and lower end. Not too familiar with the Quantums but I personally think Kleins are great bikes with some beautiful frames.

xlrogue 02-10-07 03:13 PM

I bought a '95 Quantum on Ebay 3 months ago, and I love it. I've upgraded the mix of 105 and 600 components to Dura Ace (all bought used and very affordably on Ebay), and replaced the Gipiemme wheels that came on it with Velocity Deep V's because the Gipiemme's didn't like carrying my 6'3" 250# Clyde self. Compared to my Summit Comp Pro TR steel bike, this thing practically rides itself. The only thing I'm wondering about is the sealed, non removeable bottom bracket (don't know if they were still doing this in '02), but for now it spins great, so I'm not sweating it.

geekgirl 02-10-07 09:31 PM

Hey, I have a 2002 Quantum, which I bought in '04 for $600 -- off Ebay, so I bought it sans testride as well, just figured out it would fit based on geometry specs -- and I just *love* mine. I think the '02s are some of the last frames made at Klein's original Chehalis, Washington site (prior to Trek relocating them to Wisconsin). So, it's a bit of a collector's item, I'd imagine.

Anyway, even though it is an all-aluminum frame, mine is an awesome ride -- very stiff and light, but for some reason not at all harsh on the road. Gary Klein definitely knew what he was doing with aluminum... Mine also was full 105 spec, and I'm still using the original components. The frame is definitely worth upgrading in years-to-come, and if you haven't seen a Klein paintjob in person, you don't know what you're missing.

I'd say if you can get a family member to check out the bike in person, to verify the kind of shape it's in, then $650 isn't a bad deal -- definitely better than a new run-of-the-mill Sora or Tiagra-equipped entry-level bike, IMO.

If you have any particular questions about the bike, feel free to drop me a PM...

P.S. Oh yeah, and don't worry about the propietary bottom bracket thing the previous poster mentioned -- Klein had quit doing that by the late 90's, I think, and the 2002 Quantum definitely has a Shimano BB...

waterrockets 02-10-07 10:05 PM

I have a friend with one. Nice bike. He paid $6?? for it as well.

I can't stand the rear dropouts though. It's the only modern road bike that forces me to touch the drivetrain to remove the rear wheel. The wheel comes out back and down from BEHIND the derailleur. This tightens the chain on the cog, and you're forced to lift the chain off by hand.

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