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2001 Klein Quantum(5 posts)

2001 Klein QuantumJL
Apr 20, 2001 12:05 PM
Anyone riding the 2001 Klein Quantum? There weren't any reviews of this model year in the review section, and just wondered how people liked/disliked it.

I'm test riding one in a few days, but just wanted see what others thought.

Thanks

JL
re: 2001 Klein QuantumDinosaur
Apr 21, 2001 10:39 AM
This might not be much help but, I have a '99 Quantum Race which has the same frame as the Quantum and Quantum Pro. The frame has been unchanged since '99. I'm not familar with the component group that comes with the Quantrum. I've been very pleased with my Klein and I'm seriously considering having it upgraded this summer and skipping on buying a new ride. I've never read a bad review on Kleins, people are generally very pleased with them if you want a al bike....
Actually, the 2001 Quantum series frames are totally new.Scy
Apr 22, 2001 7:12 AM
The geometry has changed. I don't have the details, but the BB is definitely lower and the steerer is now 1 1/8 inch. The March 2001 issue of Bicyling has a 200 word review of the Quantum Race and gave it a three chainring rating (out of five). It was discribed as very fast with aggressive handling. However, on broken pavement "the stiffness transmits bumps more than similarly priced aluminum and lower-priced steel." Don't let their review scare you off; test ride it yourself.

For what its worth I test-rode a 2000 Quantum and found the ride noticeable smoother than the Specialized Allez Comp which was then selling for about the same price ($1,200 - 1,300 at Supergo). If I hadn't gotten a fantastic deal on a used Giant Cadex, I would probably have gotten the 2000 Quantum.
Actually, the 2001 Quantum series frames are totally new.Dinosaur
Apr 22, 2001 3:33 PM
I guess I should have done my homework. The site I clicked on for Klein was for the 2000 models.
I agree with what you say. Bicycling Magazine had a review on the '99 Klein after I had purchased my bike. If I had taken their review to heart before I did my quest for a new bike, I would not have purchased the Klein. Reviews are one persons opinion. I remember one remark, "don't buy if you live in pothole city". I don't live in "pothole city", but I do ride some rather rough roads. I've always found the ride to be as smooth as silk. I wouldn't want to ride my Klein on a century, not because of the stiff frame, but I do have a little trouble with the 74 degree seat tube angle on long rides.
I think the Klein is best for short, quick, fast rides, with a lot of climbing and descending. I'd opt for a steel century bike, but that that is my preference. A lot of cyclist ride a Klein as their century bike. One man's meat is another man's poison. We should feel lucky that we have so many choices.
Actually, the 2001 Quantum series frames are totally new.JL
Apr 23, 2001 9:04 AM
Thanks ALL. Tried it today. Didn't notice any significant vibrations on the rougher sections I test rode today. Very nice, smooth bike. I don't know how it would work on century, but it did feel smoother than my '91 Diamondback (CRMO) bike. The 105 group was nice too.

I tried the Trek 5200 also, and that was even nicer. A little smoother and the Ultegra shifted a little better (expectedly).

Thanks again for the help.

JL