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Klein Q-carbon Team?(14 posts)

Klein Q-carbon Team?amex420
Nov 6, 2002 4:10 PM
I am going to be purchasing a new road bike. I was curious if anyone has any opinions about the Klein Q Carbon team. This would be my first road bike. I have been MTBing for a little over 2 years now. I plan on using the bike mainly for training. Maybe get into the group ride scene. Any thoughts?
Andrew
http://www.kleinbikes.com/bicycles/bikes.asp?p=1022
re: Klein Q-carbon Team?laffeaux
Nov 6, 2002 4:23 PM
It's a really nice bike, but if you're looking for a bicycle for training, do you really need to spend that kind of money? Nothing negative about the bike, it's just that's a lot of cash.
re: Klein Q-carbon Team?DINOSAUR
Nov 6, 2002 4:33 PM
Don't know much about this frame, but I have a '99 Klein Quantum Race and I recently purchased a new steel bike and the old Klein has been hanging in the garage lately (since May) and I sort of rediscovered it. I love to get my hands on the Q-Pro carbon. The Klein is an awesome ride, smooth and rides like it's on rails. I expected the aluminum to beat the heck out of me after puting in close to 4K on the new Colnago Master X-Light, but the lightness of the frame is really noticeable. If I had the two bikes side by side with the same wheels and component groups I'd be hardpressed to pick which one. That's why I have both bikes... the Klein is a good bike if you are going to go aluminum...I didn't click on that url so I don't know the price...I'm happy with my Klein and I will slowly rebuild it as things go south.....
New compact geometry for Klein....DINOSAUR
Nov 6, 2002 4:45 PM
I clicked on the site...this is a new frame for Klein (I should have clicked on it first before responding)...It did not list a price...but what caught my attention is the weight...my al QR weighs under 18 pounds, not that I'm a weight weenie....if I were to buy a new bike (anything) I would avoid anything stock and buy the frameset and have it built up...Trek changes component suppliers like I change my underwear (remember Rolf and Icon)....so how much is it? (curious)......I know nothing about compact frames, but the main advantage I thought was to save weight......
New compact geometry for Klein....amex420
Nov 6, 2002 5:14 PM
I can get it for about 1700.
Andrew
New compact geometry for Klein....laffeaux
Nov 6, 2002 5:43 PM
That's not a bad price at all. I expected it to be over $2K.
Not a bad price..DINOSAUR
Nov 6, 2002 6:08 PM
I paid almost $2,200 for my Klein QR back in '99.....if you go with that color, inquire about touch up paint, mine is that burnt orange/yellow color and impossible to touch up (if that matters to you)...bikes end up with knicks and scratches if you ride them like they were intended...how much does the Klein Q-Pro (standard geometry) go for?..
$1700????? Just the frame & fork right?No_sprint
Nov 7, 2002 10:49 AM
I strongly recommend Klein. I've had more than two Quantum Pros and I still race one (2001). They are incredible rides and seriously light. They can be had anywhere for $1700/$1800 for the frame & fork. If you go Klein and you're in the West, contact Leucadia cyclery. I believe they're the largest volume Klein dealer anywhere. I've ridden a lot of bikes and have yet to find one I like better. Talk about performance...
$1700????? Just the frame & fork right?amex420
Nov 7, 2002 11:43 AM
Actually it is built up the way the klein site has it. Full ultegra (except for BB 105) and Botranger Race wheel set is what it comes with. I just found out the bike is back ordered and will take 2-3 weeks to get.
Andrew
$1700????? Just the frame & fork right?amex420
Nov 7, 2002 12:07 PM
Sorry, I forgot to mention list price is 1900. The LBS is giving me 10% off. So it will actually be 1710.
Andrew
$1700????? Just the frame & fork right?DINOSAUR
Nov 7, 2002 12:43 PM
Andrew, that sound like a good deal. Just make sure that it fits as the compact geometry is a little bit tricky for fitting. I've had good luck with my Klein, it looks like it is brand new and have to look close to see the little knicks.

Although Klein is owned by Trek, they are a good company to deal with. They have a tech manual that you can download and they will respond to questions on their website. I even had one answered by Gary Klein himself.

If it fits ride it and be damned, I ride two bikes and love both of them, wish I could afford a couple more...

Dino
That's a terribly good deal. nmNo_sprint
Nov 7, 2002 12:44 PM
My bad... I was thinking QPro CarbonNo_sprint
Nov 7, 2002 12:48 PM
Still a decent deal for you though. I like my semi sloping Klein.

$1800 is the approximate going rate for the QPro Carbon frameset.
ritchey pro vs ritchey wcsweiwentg
Nov 7, 2002 8:04 PM
no, I haven't flipped. the Pro is like the Q-Carbon. the WCS is the Q-Pro. the difference in performance is (probably) minimal. the difference in price is considerable; I was told that the Q-Carbon frameset is $1k, and the entry-level Q-Carbon with mostly 105 is $1400.
plus, the reef-to-sky blue on the Q-Carbon looks very nice.