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Klein Frame w/Campy.......Problematic?(5 posts)

Klein Frame w/Campy.......Problematic?Linus
Jun 17, 2001 6:30 PM
I am new to road biking but have done some lengthy research (too much...I am tired of it) and want to get a good bike. I am about to order a Klein Frame (instead of a stock settup) so I could get the Chorus group. In my "final" research today however, I found 2 reviews of chorus where a Klein frame was involved. They both TRASHED chorus ... one of the reviews eluded to the internal cable routing on the Klein frame as a first cause. The other review did not mention it but one might wonder. Anyway...can someone tell me if they have had great success with Klein / Campy or am i better off with Klein / Shimano.?????????
re: Klein Frame w/Campy.......Problematic?ST1
Jun 17, 2001 7:47 PM
I have a '99 Klein Quantum that originally came with Shimano 105 components. I bought a mix of Campy Racing T and Veloce parts and had my LBS install the new components. The stuff works great. There is nothing like Campy. The internal cable routing can be a problem on installation. My LBS mechanic (whom I trust) took about 2 hours just to reroute the cable! Campagnolo components are very durable and the brake/shifters can be rebuilt if neeeded unlike Shimano which can't be rebuilt. The Klein/Campy combo is well worth it.
inept mechanics?C-40
Jun 17, 2001 7:59 PM
Campy Chorus should work with any frame on the market. I have heard of folks complaining about the dificulty of routing the Klein internal cables, but that has nothing to do with campy. A cable is a cable, shimano or campy. The only thing I can think of is excessive friction from the internal routing causing a problem on shifts to smaller cogs. If the derailleur spring tension is insufficient it will cause poor shifting.

If the reviewers didn't list something other specific problem, I would tend to disregard the info. There are a lot of folks out there who don't have the mechanical aptitude to assemble a bike and when they screw it up, they want to blame the manufacturer. If you really want a Klein with chorus, why not call them and ask about potential problems?
re: Klein Frame w/Campy.......Problematic?tonga
Jun 18, 2001 7:15 AM
Go for the Chorus group. I have a Quantum Pro set up with Record and It is great. Make sure you have a mechanic that is familiar with the cables set it up. The parts will probably outlast the frame.
agree with all of the aboveHank
Jun 18, 2001 10:39 AM
and that's why I prefer external slotted cable stops and STI - much easier to get at the cables for maintenance. But if you don't mind the extra hassle and have your heart set on Klein and Campy, go for it.