The Daily Bike, January 9, 2013

Klein Pinnacle

During the late 80s and early 90s, when mountain bikes really started coming of age, GT frames were instantly recognizable by the Triple Triangle, while a Klein could be spotted by their seamless tubes, one-piece stem/bar combos and wildly over-the-top color schemes. Their construction and desirability is a testament to the vision of the founder, Gary Klein.

The Klein frame gained iconic status through several innovations that went on to become industry standard, such as internal cable routing, and, introduced on the Quantum Pro in 1994, an integrated headset with a threadless aluminum steerer. These, combined with Gary’s proprietary one-piece Mission Control cockpit and smooth welds, made for a unique and streamlined machine.

This 1993 Pinnacle model, painted in “Gator Linear Fade,” is proudly owned by Stephan Becher, a graphic designer and photographer from Germany. Resplendent in matching Rock Shox Mag 21 forks and cockpit, it sports a complete Shimano Deore XT group, apart from two Suntour XC Pro hubs.

Klein Pinnacle
Klein Pinnacle
Klein Pinnacle
Klein Pinnacle
Klein Pinnacle
Klein Pinnacle
Klein Pinnacle

In affiliation with Cycle Exif.

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  • DTF

    This reminds me of my own trusty steed – a 1992 Specialized Stumpjumper FS – that I’ve ridden since I bought it as a demo from a bike shop owner in 1992. In all its years the only thing that I’ve had to replace are tires, tubes, pads, seat and grips – although the rings and cogs are pretty pointy these days. I always did my own repairs and adjustments but I finally took it into a shop a few years back and asked them to strip it down and give me an estimate on repair costs. Expecting a large estimate I went back to find out it needed NOTHING, not even a new cable. The guy at the shop just shrugged and said “these old Stumpy’s are bulletproof”.

  • MJC

    Love the old Klein hard tails. I’ve got an Attitude Comp from the 90′s that I’ll never part with. I once rode a Klein Furvor across the country (didn’t have a road bike and couldn’t afford to buy one), slept in cow pastures, church lawns, and the occasional cemetery, survived on gas station hot dogs, beef jerky, and various other junk food, great memories!

  • Forever1993

    Great photos of a showroom condition bike. The Gator Linear Fade was a gorgeous paint scheme. I still own and ride (although not as hard as I used to) my Klein Rascal I had custom made in 1993. It turns 20 years old this fall and still rides as well as it did when Pearl Jam’s album “Versus” was released. I went with the rare (even by Klein’s standards) Horizon Linear Fade with matched Mission Control bar/stem. With full Suntour XC Pro MicroDrive, the whole bike weighs about 23 pounds. I’ve ridden it on three continents and, if the trickle of discontinued Suntour parts continues on eBay, will probably ride it for 20 more years.

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