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Sad Day - Klein Factory Auction(14 posts)

Sad Day - Klein Factory Auctiontincanman99
Jun 6, 2002 4:13 PM
This auction notice is currently running in the Portland Oregonian.

The end of Chehalis, Wa Kleins - to bad. To Trek they go I guess...



WEDNESDAY - JUNE 5 Preview 8-10, Wed. June 5

CORP. 118 Klein Rd., Chehalis, WA Vert Mill;

Swager; Pwr Hack,Band Saws; Pipe Mach; Drills; Frame/Spoke Machines; (3) Ovens; Conveyors; Gantry; Work Racks; (2) Welders; Bike Mfg Tools & Eqpt; 2000 Ford F-150 Pickup; 5000 lb Forklift; Ofc Furn & Eqpt; More 10% Buyers

Premium Terms: Cash, Cashiers Check, MC/Visa Cards Person Under 12

Not Admitted James G. Murphy Inc 425-486-1246 WA Auctioneers Lic. #48

Published in The Oregonian on 06/02
re: Sad Dayzooog
Jun 6, 2002 5:13 PM
Truly a sad day. How long was Klein in business?
re: Sad Dayatpjunkie
Jun 6, 2002 6:07 PM
Klein isn't going under. They've (he's) been owned by Trek for quite sometime. They are just going to move Klein production to where all of Treks are built. Oh yeah it's the same place they build Fishers and most likely Lemonds as are all part of the Trek Umbrella.
where exactly is that? nmp chop
Jun 6, 2002 6:52 PM
where exactly is that? nmPMC
Jun 6, 2002 7:03 PM
Waterloo Iowa
Nope, wrong stateDMoore
Jun 6, 2002 7:44 PM
Trek is in Waterloo, Wisconsin.
What's the difference?Matno
Jun 7, 2002 3:15 AM
Both exciting vacation hotspots. Wish I were there... not.

Okay, I've been up all night studying pharmacology as it relates to the autonomic nervous system. Maybe my anti-annoying neurons aren't firing very well any more...

I'm sure both Wisconsin and Iowa are great places to ride. (Just not in the winter).
World of differenceMel Erickson
Jun 7, 2002 5:06 AM
Iowa is certainly not known for it's vacation possibilities but Wisconsin? It's a vacation mecca in the summer and if you like snowmobiling and cross country skiing it's heaven in the winter too. Now, Waterloo is not in the part of Wisconsin that draws alot of vacationers but the state as a whole is superb. Just ask all those fibbers from Chicago.
Jun 7, 2002 5:09 AM
I must bow to Wisconsin until the Cubbies find a way to beat those beer-swillin, cow-tippin, chaw-dippin Brewers. Oh, and it's the closest place where the Chicago cabbies won't hunt you down and leave Goodyear tracks on your face.
Fibs and chedsAlex-in-Evanston
Jun 7, 2002 6:12 AM
I had no idea you guys called us Fibs until my buddy moved to Madison. I didn't even know that we Fibs had a word you nice folks, cheds. I love a local rivalry.

The one that kills me is "chedlocks" for nappy, Wisconsin white-dude hair.

Are there any more Fib-based combinations?

What's the difference?Sruggle
Jun 7, 2002 5:49 AM
RAGBRAI is only in Iowa. The one reason to show up here once a year for a good time!!
Happy Hills
Will Be There Any Difference in the Quality of the Bike?tincanman99
Jun 7, 2002 5:11 AM
I have a '99 Quantum - Lunar Blue (it changes color with the light from silver to blue) and was wondering if there quality with their welds, paint and stuff will be different. It was made at Chehalis, Wa.

I know Trek has owned them for a while. Has anybody seen any of the bikes made at Trek's facility?
Will Be There Any Difference in the Quality of the Bike?timmyh
Jun 7, 2002 6:26 AM
I hope they don't Trek-ize Kleins as they did to Fisher. Kleins are unique; they have unique tubing and paint. It would be a shame if it turned into a Trek, not that there's anything wrong with Trek but Klein built somewhat of a cult following among riders. "Nothing rides like a Klein."
Will Be There Any Difference in the Quality of the Bike?tincanman99
Jun 7, 2002 6:50 AM
I was just looking around both their web sites. It looks like they are sharing the same alloy and welding techniques for the frames.

And it looks like the frames have the same/similiar geometries:

Is a Klein now nothing more than a glorified Trek?