Klein 2000 Mantra Comp Full Suspension Bike

DESCRIPTION

mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou MARS, 3.15" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 24, 2008]
geoffparkyn
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Frame design and pivot

Weakness:

cable pop on frame, minor

Still turns a few heads, light and great climber, definitely old school but tyou have to love gary klein a guy way ahead of the curve in the 80's/90's. This bike was a XC amateur racer but kept in excellent condition, rider would wrap the frame to keep the scratches to a minimum. wish I had a 99 race carbon model

Similar Products Used:

nothing to compare

[Aug 24, 2003]
Matt Gittleman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Components; graphite crankset, graphite seatpost, graphite handlebars etc... Fox FloatR and Manitou Mars 1. For a FS bike goes uphill very well, and absorbs the downhill very well with the Manitou Mars 1 front suspension.

Weakness:

Some components a little brittle. This is probably just my bike, however i had a few caps snap off. But no real complaints

This is a great bike, for any type of rider interested in a FS bike. It's very light, and works great no matter where you are, whether is XC or DH or just street riding and jumping and stuff. Light blue color is very stylish and always gets the attention of other riders, who will be at our mercy because you have such a kingly bike.

[Mar 14, 2006]
Paul Clements
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Gorgeous. Amazing climber. Super nimble. Fast. Tough as hell. Awesome clearance. Lightweight.

Weakness:

Too Gorgeous- have to keep a close eye on it. Ive had to change out the pivot bearings after two seasons and since then, have had no play at all. Ghost shifting. Stiff rear end when braking downhill.

This bike has served me well. The dream bike I always wanted. Some jackasses tell me my ride is outdated or something but they cant keep up with me for a moment. The ghostshift is something ive learned to expect. As with the stiff braking. Ive adapted and we get along awesome. Er.... Got along- past tense..... I just cracked my frame by the rear dropout on the chain side.... Hoping for a replacement triangle..... or a Palomino frame, but no- Looks like they are going to put me on a Trek Fuel EX8- Awesome for a six year old well ridden rig replacement- but a bummer to have a mass produced machine..... Well see- Ive only heard awesome reveiews on the Fuel... See ya Klein. You shouldnt have sold out to the man.

Similar Products Used:

Trek hardtails.

[May 18, 2006]
Alison Robinson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbing, weight, durability, rear travel, looks

Weakness:

Rear lifts up under braking but this is something that you get used to and counter by siting back.

This bike has served me well for 5 years now and is still going strong. I have done numerous enduros and cross country race on it. The thing is fantastic at anything offroad but especially climbing. Many times I have sailed past better riders on technical climbs due to the bikes traction and amazing ability to just ride over stuff. I couldn't recommend one highly enough.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Enduro, Univega Ram 990, Marin Indian Fire Trail, Klein Pulse

[Sep 14, 2000]
Scott Godfrey
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, massive, and no nonsense construction.

Weakness:

Dumped the saddle before even sitting on it. Traded the shop for SPD's. The stock tires are a waste for typical So Cal terrain. I guess the Icon stuff is Okay, but I prefer polish instead of paint.

I got hooked up in buying this bike and I love it. Coming from a thin lightweight cross bike it's burly, fat [I whack my knees on the pivot pretty often], and it takes hits. The geometry is so different from riding a cross bike I've had to totally change riding style and logic.
This purchase was to assist me in training UP our local mountain by taking the edge off riding down it and I've found it's best to optimize it for the down, not the up. It likes to ride fast. It'll chew up the hard stuff at high speed, at low speed it can play a nice strategic game but that's not what it's going to win at.
I find it climbs slightly slower than my light weight rig but descending is light years ahead. Climbing in the saddle it's responsive, out of the saddle it's almost as solid as a hard tail.

Similar Products Used:

Got an old Bianchi cross bike

[Sep 14, 2000]
michael miller
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

copes well in technical ascends.
Klein name.

Weakness:

rear shock
pivot

Fox float R failed on second ride, replacement o.k. so far.
Mars fork drools at rebound knob.
"Spot-on" pivot became lose, dealer used locktight to "fix".
At 37yrs.and 210lbs. I was looking for a degree of comfort.
The comp.is that and more. Be shure to dial in plenty of rebound dampening in the rear to keep back end down when hitting front brakes. A little troublesome to carry because
of frame shape and cable routing under boom.
"KLEIN" tape lettering slightly crooked on frame.
Beautiful paint. Overall bike promises quality upon purchase
but actual use (at least at my weight) has resulted in a frequent looseness of componantry. If any of this sounds a bit negative let me assure you -this was a purchase from the heart and as such, no amount of quirks could detract from the genuine pleasure derived from clearing a technical
ascend or flying through rutted single track in relative comfort.



Similar Products Used:

first f/s

[May 23, 2001]
Puzman
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

plush when seated
climbs well when seated
low maintenance

Weakness:

Many suspension quirks
poor descender
weight is OK, but not great
overpriced given component spec
Gradient tubing prone to dings and dents

This is a parting review of the Matnra (After riding a Mantra for 2.5 years, I recently made the switch to a LocoMoto.) The Mantra climbs incredibly well, but there are other FS rigs that climb just as well (the Loco being one of them). Also, the ride is very plush when seated. However, there are so many suspension quirks that it takes awhile to get used to. The saddle height changes when you slide off the back for a technical descent, so its harder to get back on. Brake jack is noticeable even with full rebound dampening on the rear shock. There's a lot of bob when stomping on the pedals. Given the wheelbase changes when taking hits, the steep angles, and the brake jack effect, the bike is a mediocre descender. Weight is average for a FS bike- my medium weighed 27.5 lbs. The Loco is a far superior bike, IMHO. I can't really recommend the Mantra now, given all of the other choices out there

Similar Products Used:

Sugar, Titus LocoMoto

[Feb 28, 2001]
Barry
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4

I have had the bike a year now. I stand by my review which I already posted, but I wanted to just mention something I found out about my bike, as it may be of interest to other Klein full suspension owners.

Towards the end of the season, my bike developed some play in the rear suspension pivot. I had a bike store look at it, and they told me that the bushings had worn.

It turns out that as the rear suspension bushings are teflon-impregnated, they do not need lubing. In fact, lubing the bushings actually causes them to break down, which is the cause of the problem on my bike. It would have been nice if the owners' manual had mentioned this, because lubing the rear suspension strikes me as a pretty reasonable thing to do if you are not told otherwise.

Moral of the story, do not lube your rear suspension pivot.

Fortunately, Klein is going to replace the parts under warranty, so the story does have a happy ending.


[Oct 11, 2000]
jon
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

fairly light
very plush
love it when its working

Weakness:

speed of response to warranty issues
i'm on my third replacement in 3 years!AND IT'S JUST BROKE

BOUGHT 1997 RACE.SHOCK BROKE IN 1ST FEW MONTHS - OFF BIKE 6 WEEKS.THEN REAR SWINGARM CRACKED - TOOK KLEIN UK 2 MONTHS TO OFFER WRONG COLOUR REPLACEMENT [I THOUGHT PART OF THE DEAL WAS THE AESTHETIC APPEAL OF THE FINISH!] OK-THEY OFFERED TO PAINT IF I PAID. NO WAY. SHOP OFFERED ONE OFF DEMO FRAME [JADE CHAMELEON MMM!]INSTEAD. OK, I SAID.6 MONTHS LATER PAINT FELL OFF. BACK TO SHOP.[THIS WAS FEB 2000]. AFTER 5 MONTHS OF WRANGLING I GOT A Y2000 MANTRA COMP FRAMESET. WITH NO SHOCK. OLD ONE DOESN'T FIT. 3 WEEKS LATER I'M RIDING! ON A DOWNGRADED FRAMESET WITH [AS IT TURNS OUT] AN EVEN MORE DOWNGRADED SHOCK BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THE RIGHT ONE. SORT IT OUT LATER I SAY AS IT'S SUMMER AND I WANT TO RIDE! 2 MONTHS ON AND I'VE HEARD NOTHING. JUST CAME BACK FROM COED Y BRENIN YESTERDAY WITH WAGGLY BACK END DUE TO BUSHINGS WORN OUT [AFTER 2 MONTHS OF RIDING!] AND I'M COMPLETELY ****ED OFF WITH THE WHOLE BUSINESS. I'LL LET Y'ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS [[IF ANYTHING!]

[Oct 04, 2000]
Matt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

What can I say, this bike is amazing! It climbs great, which is a concern I had when purchasing an FS bike, but it definitely climbs better than my old cannondale hardtail. The rear shock is plush, but toy with it to get it dialed in perect. The bike is light for FS too. Ooh, the color!

Weakness:

Just a couple little personal preferences, swap the flat bar and grab a riser. For northwest riding, the tires are a bit smooth, but an easy swap out. I'm planning on grabbing a more comfy saddle too, but once again, all these are personal preferences and should detract in no way from purchasing the bike. One thing to be concerned about though: while test riding and on my first ride, the shifting was the worst I had ever experienced due to a short rear derailer cable housing (btwn. the boom and rear triangle)...watch out for that and have them switch it if you have a problem.

If you want a full suspension bike, but haven't converted yet because you're scared of the weight or being hampered climbing, buy this bike. If you just want a smooth, comfortable, fast, plush ride, buy this bike. If you've tried the other bikes I've listed above and aren't completely satisified, buy this bike.

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Cannondale F900, Cann. Super V 700SX, Cann. Jekyl 600, Schwinn Rocket 88, Gary Fisher Sugar

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