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Klein Finally Lost It?(9 posts)

Klein Finally Lost It?CT1 Guy
May 1, 2002 11:06 AM
Seen the following picture posted - Rebellin's bike looks suspiciously like its been built with Columbus Airplane with a Mizuno fork..guess you can't teach old dogs new tricks after all.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2002/tech/?id=products/rebellin_klein
I may be wrong but...eschelon
May 1, 2002 11:45 AM
That bike doesn't look like any bike that Klein sells...and if I am correct, I don't buy into that crap that this bike is some prototype bike unavailable to the public...because for being a "special prototype" it sure as hell looks run of the mill ordinary and unspectacular.
I'm afraid so. HO HUM! (nm)Sintesi
May 1, 2002 11:50 AM
re: Klein Finally Lost It?yeah right
May 1, 2002 12:37 PM
If I'm not mistaken that's not even the new font that Klein is using. I'm really surprised they'd build a prototype without one of their forks, or the right decals.

I find this interesting that Rebellin might be using a different manufacturer's custom, because earlier in the year, people were saying how USPS was going to be switching to Klein, and how the Kleins were the best. Wonder what Rebellin's bike says about that...
re: Klein Finally Lost It?No_sprint
May 1, 2002 1:01 PM
Same old deal. This happens every year to all kinds of teams and every year it's no big deal. That bike looks nothing like what the other Gerolsteiner riders are on this year. The above poster is right, it's not even current Klein font, obviously not Klein paint at all. I saw some of them during Fleche Wallone I think, on genuine Kleins. We should see more of them tonight on OLN's coverage. I would like to see Rebellin during a race to see actually what he is on.

Finally lost what?
re: Klein Finally Lost It?Ian
May 1, 2002 2:27 PM
Yeah, that doesn't really look like a Klein at all. And if it is a one off special, then it would have been built just for him, correct? Then why does he have that seat slid as far back as it will go? If it is a one off, they should have done a better job with the geometry.

Ian
It's not a Klein..DINOSAUR
May 1, 2002 3:12 PM
This topic hit the VeloNews forum a couple of days ago. One of the guys tagged it as a rebadged Tommasini Fusion or Premier Plus Compact.
The question then is what's wrong with Klein.elviento
May 1, 2002 6:56 PM
If you look at the mystery bike, it's an aluminum compact frame with integrated headset. Simple design. Probably very light, but doesn't look like technologically more sophysticated than, say, a Giant TCR.

The Klein Q Pro Carbon is already a very light bike, so Rebellin wants a different bike probably not because of a weight advantage.

What advantage does it have over a Q Pro Carbon, then? Road feel? Handling? Stiffness?

Any thoughts?
Yah, I don't get it either.Sintesi
May 2, 2002 4:58 AM
Some riders are ridiculously picky tho and will insist on riding what they want exactly how they want it. Someone like Rebellin on a little team like that probably has a lot of say on what he throws his leg over. Pure speculation.

I doubt there's anything wrong with the Kleins tho. There was a review of the Gerolsteiner Kleins in cyclingnews.com a little while back and the team mgr. at the time was tickled pink with the new Kleins. I seem to remember him saying how he thought they were the best bikes, etc....