November 11, 2012

Klein Performance

The past summer i have not ridden much. I just could not get me to go to a mountain bike trail mostly because they are quite far from my house. The area i live in is flat agricultural with the steepest and longest obstacles being the bridges across the waterways perfect for a new project a road bike!

In the eighties before i came in to contact with mountain bikes i owned a very neat Jan Janssen Tour de France road bike. It was equiped with a Shimano 105 groupset and came in a La vie Claire color scheme as sported by my hero of the day Bernard Hinault. My outfit was also from the La Vie Claire team. I loved the bike and rode quite a few miles on it before i sold it to buy my first mountain bike a Scott Windriver.

Being very happy with my Klein Pinnacle i decided that my road bike also should be from Klein so i started to scan ebay for one in a 60cm size. After a month or so i found one. It came in a bright orange color together with the original fork and pump. The problem that came forth was that the seller was not very willing to send it overseas so i called in the help of Noah to sort it out and, the fine man he is, he did so.

A few weeks later the bike arrived in a big box. Inside was the frame set but straight away i noticed the paint job was in far worse condition than could be seen in the pictures. There was only one remedy and that was to strip it to it's raw form. The stripping costed me more time than estimated but the result is very nice indeed. The fork i kept in it's tatty orange finish as a reminder that i'm not one of those shaved  and smooth looking roadies but a rougher mountain bike guy! The components i selected as a salute to the Jan Janssen tour de France, a Shimano 105 group set (1055) with box rims and skin wall tires.

The frame was advertised as a Klein Performance but when i looked closer at it i am more convinced it was a custom job. The color orange was not a standard color, the frame only has bottle mounts on the downtube and the rack mounting holes on the seatstays are missing.

Frame: Klein Performance
Fork: Klein
Headset: Shimano 1055
Stem: 3TTT
Handlebar: 3TTT
Brake levers: Shimano 1055
Tape: Cinelli cork
Seatpost: IRD
Seat: Selle Italia Turbo
Seatbolt: Klein
Shift lever: Simano 1055
Brakes: Shimano 1055
Bracket: Klein
Cranks: Shimano 1055
Chainwheel: Surly 44 teeth
Pedals: Cranks Bros Candy SL
Chain: Shimano
Cassette: No-Name 7 speed
Hubset: Shimano 1055
Quick releases: Shimano
Spokes: Stainless
Rims: Campagnolo Lambda Strada
Rear derailleur: Shimano 1055
Tires: Challenge Strada

May 18, 2012

Klein Pinnacle part III

Ah finally the trees are growing green the summer is coming!

This winter i hardly touched my bikes, the shed was just to cold and the roads to wet to enjoy cycling or wrenching at all. But now the temperature is nice again the inspiration to finish the Pinnacle has returned. After riding the Klein on the road past fall i concluded that i was trying to copy the comfort of my S-Works by fitting the dropped bars but that it wasn't working at all. Further more the fitting of the five speed cassette was not to my liking at all. Change was needed!

So i went on ebay and found a very nice, smoothly shaped Suntour stem. It reminded my straight away of the sanded curves of the Klein. It also has a high rise which results in a comfortable riding position. After winning it for a very low price i received the package from Australia in a very short time.
Just before the stem i also won an auction for some IRD Switchbacks and had them posted to me from Canada. Amazingly the costs for sending a package from Canada was three times higher than a package from Australia! We live in a very strange World...

So the stem was replaced and the silver bar, that came originally on the bike, was refitted again just as the Dia Compe brake levers and the Shimano Deore XT thumb shifter. The cassette was replaced by the original six speed Shimano Uniglide  cassette. After putting on some new cables it was ready to go!

Frame: Klein Pinnacle
Fork: Klein Spinner
Headset: Shimano Deore DX
Stem: Suntour XC
Handlebar: No name silver
Levers: Dia Compe 182
Grips: No name
Seatpost: IRD
Seat: Selle Italia Turbo
Seatbolt: Shimano
Front brake: IRD Switchback
Rear brake: IRD Rotary
Bracket: Klein
Cranks: Shimano Deore XT 180mm
Chainwheel: Surly 36 teeth
Pedals: Suntour XC Comp
Chain: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano Uniglide 6 speed
Hubset: Shimano Deore XT
Quick releases: Shimano 
Spokes: Stainless
Rims: Araya RM-400pro
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore XT (short cage)
Tires: Panaracer Smoke II and Dart II 26"x2,1"