Klein 1999 Mantra Comp Full Suspension Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Klein Mantra Comp, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou SX, 3.15" travel fork

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[Oct 13, 2019]
ecoulson


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Great uphill - I don't take serious difficult downhill so I love this bike.

Weakness:

I had a 1999 which was better year - but got stolen. Bought in 2000 new. This one I bought for $500 arou nd 2010 and it has been just fine for what I want it with.

Price Paid:
500
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2000
[Sep 15, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

cool design nice frame good uphill bike fun

Weakness:

downhill other than that none

fun bike dont listen to klein haters cool looking bike love it to death will never sell if you see one buy it!!!!!!!

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[Feb 28, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

can take anything you throw at it.

Weakness:

random ghost shifting

i consider myself luck as a dog to grip this machine for 250 bones. Thanks Shelia!!! Unbeatable all around performance. Climbs hills like a monster truck. Kinda lacks on drivetrain components but when they break ill upgrade. Going to put Avid BB7s on the front. I highly reccomend this bike to any XC rider.

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[Jan 12, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

99 model size L
lightweight, flexible, great climber AND donwhiller, firm control

Weakness:

heavy wheels, Manitu fork whci was replaced by Marzoki

Klein's Mantra bike has been a loyal outdoors companion for some good 8 years now. The bike simply rules for all-round riding and made my 200 pounds almost "disappear" assuring great and safe control, excellent flex, smooth descends and very comfortable uphills, by far a superior construction.

Having ridden thousands of miles with it, I can only hope for two things for my next ride. Smooth behavior and firm control.

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[Aug 25, 2003]
Jups
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light and stiff frame
plush suspension
great climber
very good descender
nice component mix

Weakness:

has been noisy at times
ghost shifting

Have had the mantra about a month, and I am very pleased with it. The bike is very light for FS, climbs very well, and gives a nice plush ride. A lot of reviews praise the mantras climbing ability, and I have to agree, goes up hills easier than my hardtail. Have gone down some short steep singletrack, no problems so far, like any other bike you have to get back and not grab a bunch of front brake, felt very similar to my hardtail, maybe a touch lighter in the rear, but nothing like I was expecting having read some of the other reviews here. Coming down normal hills the mantra is faster than my hardtail, even standing the rear suspension absorbs bumps and gives me better control of the bike.

Have had some ghost shifting, I added some length to the r-der housing and that helped, but it is still happening. I am going to try adding some housing length to the middle section and see if that improves it. The top tube acts like an echo chamber magnifying noises. I have had some creaking from the bottom bracket, I will bring to LBS and see if they can fix it.

This is a great x-country bike that works very well on tight trails. I don't ride serious downhills so I don't know how it would work there. From what I have read here at mtbreview.com and elsewhere that is not what the mantra is for. I will update my review when I have more time on the bike.

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[Mar 28, 2006]
Charles Rivers
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Durability, have had it for 7 years

Weakness:

Some cheapo original parts: LX, some weight compromises.

This is an update from my last entry in 1999. Does not seem that long, but altogether been mountainbiking for 19 years now. The halcyon years of Mountainbiking seem to have passed. Even my favorite mags are no longer being published,(Zap what happened to you dude?) Klein seems to be drifting back to Road Bikes. Alot has changed. Many of my old riding buds are now riding Harleys and have sold their mountainbikes. My Mantra Comp, however, like all of my Klein products, has held up well. I weigh about 175 so maybe I am not that big of a banger. It has suffered through crashes, and culverts, but is still holding up. Have had some repairs, but nothing out of the ordinary. The frame has held up and does not seem to age. Sometimes I see some of the newer bike designs on the trail and I receive stares and then sometimes snickers from the young riders watching the old guy on the ancient Klein Mantra. One fellow in his 20s who was a semi pro "trials rider" said the Mantra was too bouncy and unsophisticated. Ya ya, until I waxed his ass climbing up the next few hills, his heavy "downhiller" kept him back. I still think the Mantra is a great loose/soft trail climber. No regrets purchasing the Mantra 7 years go. Even the LBS chain store I bought it from no longer exists. I often ride the trails alone now. My kids are grown and off to college. The wife has "outgrown" mountainbiking. But, when I climb a tall hill, peer down the other side, sit back and accelerate to 50 MPH down a screaming fire-trail, with nothing but the wind and sunset in front of me, my Mantra eating up the road irregularities, and knowing how to brake this blue monster, I become one with the universe again.....
Greaaat bike, grrreaat activity! Keep on riding!

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[Mar 13, 2002]
Lyle Domico
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Frame material and weld quality. Incredible climber.

Weakness:

URT design is heck on landings/impacts - jerks feet rearward, bike/rider geometry is constantly changing! I've had this bike for 4 years and still can't be comfortable hitting downhill rocks or logs - I just brace for the bang and hope my knees stay together. Rear drop-out entry impedes wheel changes and I can't change rear wheel without having tire deflated 'cause tire won't clear brakes, even with brake cables totally unhooked- this is a huge pain in the butt. Top tube length too long. At 5-10 I'm right in the middle of Klein's recommendation for MED frame. However, the sharp angle of the seat post when set to my height causes me to be too stretched out even with short stem, although this arrangment does seem to be part of the bike's secret at climbing. Shift cable housings needed replaced and precisely cut to accomodate for stretch and compression by the URT causing ghost shifting.

Mine is actually a leftover '97 Mantra Comp that I bought new. Would not buy again (I know, it's discontinued). I fell for the looks. I can't believe Klein stuck with this design as long as they did. Avoid all URTs, especially the Mantra.

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[Dec 24, 2003]
John MacRae
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great climber and singletrack bike
works very well in tight technical trails
nice suspension bike with little or no pedal induced feedback

Weakness:

top tube magnifies noises from cables etc... minor gripe

This is an update of my August review. I am very pleased with the bike, I am finding it works very well in tight gnarly situations. I am cleaning sections of rock gardens and steep climbs that stopped me in the past. I am riding faster and longer with less effort.
Some of the issues I mentioned in my earlier review have been resolved, ghost shifting with longer section of cable, BB noises have pretty much gone away on their own. I am still thinking of upgrading fork, but the Manitou SX has been doing OK for now.

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[Jan 25, 2002]
jef fisher
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

nice ride, fast climber, not the heaviest bike out there

Weakness:

rear triangle weak, cheap components

loved the bike hard for nine months then bushing ( rear triangle) loosened up, really irritated me, then the day before calling klien about it the rear triangle broke, daRN NOW I GOTTA WAIT, but klien said they might upgrade to an adept, i like their business style. overall i liked the bike and kicked alot of nicer bikes outta my way with it so i would buy another if it came by. by the way the riders who called this a "bucking bronco" or flew over the bars got to cum to grips with thier skills( lack of) and quit blaming your equipment. ride on

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[Sep 09, 2001]
Jason Parker
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks cool in Mediteranean Blu - Chicks dig it!

Weakness:

Dunno.

The bomb.com

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