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"