August 22, 2013

Another Klein Pinnacle

One day my partner came to me with the suggestion to take our bicycles with us on vacation. There her daily bike is very heavy and slow i straight away started to think about making her a very quick and light bike with the components i had lying around. That meant again a bike from the end of the eighties or beginning of the nineties and so my eye fell once again on a Klein Pinnacle!

After a short search on ebay i found a suitable frame with crappy paint so i could tinker with it without feeling guilty of removing the original paint. The frame arrived within a few weeks after purchase and so i started to strip the paint and mount the components.

The end result is very nice riding bike which is being used daily on fitness rides!

Frame: Klein Pinnacle
Fork: Specialized Direct Drive
Headset: Shimano Deore DX
Stem: Kalloy
Handlebar: On-One Mary (finish stripped)
Levers: Shimano Deore DX
Grip: No name
Seatpost: IRD
Seat: Specialized
Seatbolt: Shimano Deore XT
Front brake: IRD Switchback
Rear brake: Pedersen SE
Bracket: Klein
Cranks: Shimano Deore DX 175mm
Chainwheel: Surly 36 teeth
Pedals: Specialize platform
Chain: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano 7 speed
Hubset: Shimano Deore DX
Quick releases: Shimano Deore DX
Spokes: Stainless
Rims: Araya RM-14
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore DX
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Racer 26"x1,5"


After having ridden my bikes for some time it once again became time to fine tune them.

Specialized S-Works steel:

I grew tired of the single speed setup so i updated it to a 7 speed configuration by adding a Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur and a Suntour barcon shifter. The tires were changed to a skin wall Panaracer Smoke and Dart set and Specialized pedals were installed.

Klein Pinnacle:

There i'm planning to ride more on the road, this because i made a bike for my partner, i added the Tom Slick 1.4 tires again. For comfort i also added a Seven titanium handlebar.

Klein Performance:

I found that the reach and the drop of the handlebar were too much for me so i replaced the 3TTT stem and handlebar with a short reach Nitto Dirt-drop stem and a On One Midge handlebar which also has a nice outward flare on them. Also i changed the seatpost to a Nitto Specialized S-Works one because i needed the IRD post for my partners bike. The pedals were replaced with some nice Shimano platforms because i use the bike more with sneakers.