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Klein Quantum Race v. Steel or Ti Frame(4 posts)

Klein Quantum Race v. Steel or Ti Framealexfr99
Jun 22, 2002 1:29 PM
I have a '97 Klein Quantum Race (52cm)... I have always liked the bike and others have said good things about it (like in the RBR Review section). Although it has a very long top tube and it took awhile to get it to fit, its light and seemingly responsive...however at times it feels like i'm pedaling in quicksand. I have pondered a very nice high end steel frame or a Ti frame. I almost bought a Torelli Nitro Express, but it was the wrong size. Is the Klein as good as it gets (or real close) or is there a lot out there I am missing. I don't want to invest a ton of money to find out that I was just as happy on the Klein...any thoughts would be most appreciated
re: Klein Quantum Race v. Steel or Ti FrameJuanmoretime
Jun 22, 2002 4:48 PM
I've owned many bikes inclusing 2 Klein's. I had a Quantum 2 and a Aeolus Time trial bike. To me, Klein is the ulimate race bike. If your not racing you would do better going to ti or steel. It was great when I used to race but after fifty miles on the Klein I was trashed. The bike would beat me up. This is because the bike is actually very stiff. Since I no longer race and just ride, I go for all day comfort, I now ride a Litespeed, which after fifty miles, I can do something after the ride and not just want to take a nap.

I hope this helps out. LoL
re: Klein Quantum Race v. Steel or Ti FrameDINOSAUR
Jun 23, 2002 8:51 AM
I have a '99 Klein Quantum Race and a 2002 Colnago Master X-Light. Both are different animals. It would take too much space to describe the differences in the ride. I like both; the Klein is better for climbing, is lighter and has more of a sensation of speed. The Master X-Light handles better for descending and is more comfortable for long rides. Given a choice I would go with the Colnago, it's a newer bike with better components and wheelset and it fits me better than my Klein. I thought a lot about going with another Klein and gave a lot of thought to purchasing a Klein Q-Pro Carbon. The deciding factor was that it wouldn't make much sense to own two al bikes and now I have two very different bikes to choose from. Bottom line is there are a tons of bikes to choose from and I'd probably be happy with a couple of hundred of them....do you plan on keeping your Klein? If so, why two al bikes, why not something different? Once and awhile I jump of my Klein and I still love it, probaby because I've messed with dialing it in so much it fits like a good pair of well worn shoes and I'm familiar with the way it handles...it's not about "best", it's about what you like...also an old guy (like me) with a worn out 60 year old body might prefer the ride of steel as opposed to an all out zootracer...
re: Klein Quantum Race v. Steel or Ti Framezray61
Jun 23, 2002 9:57 AM
Alexfr99 thank you for the question. And special thanks to
juanmoretime and DINOSAUR for their answers. I'm going to keep my '98 Klein and go looking for a Litespeed at the end of the season. Also, I will be going to a Serotta for a pre-sizing for the Lightspeed.
I also have dialed in my Klein over the years and the experience taught me alot about bikes in general but more important I learned what I am looking for or want in a bike. Yes, I have a carton of parts that did not quite do what I thought they would do. Or else, they were items that effected my contact points and instead of making life easier
they caused me pain. Hopefully, a prefitting can shorten my
dial in process and make it less costly over the long run.