Klein 2000 Mantra Pro Full Suspension Bike

DESCRIPTION

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

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 29, 2002]
Explorer_97
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, Responsive, Climbs like a squirrel.

Weakness:

Rims..

This bike is a great climber and very responsive in the technical stuff. I have ridden this bike on some really rocky downhill sections and I no issues what so ever.

The geometry definitely takes a little getting used too. Using the Psylo fork with the 120mm of front suspension makes this bike a blast to ride technical downhill sections.

I usually pump the rear shock up to 250 psi in order to get a more solid ride. I can not say enough about this bike. I never ride my hardtail. Any one interested in buying it?

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Cannondale Jeckyl, K2 Beast, GT Zaskar LE

[May 24, 2007]
Greg
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbs like a Mountain Goat

Stiff as a Carbon Rod (Which it basically is)

Plush Ride over various terrain.

Klein's unrivaled Custom Paint & Fit process introduced in '00 means every Klein Looks Great and unique!

Weakness:

Heavy rear Triangle offsets the Featherlight Carbon Boom.

A good shock and settings makes me think I could ride for several days while a bad shock makes me want to quite of several minutes

The unorthadox frame structure makes many universal wothwhile accesories incompatible.

This is my 4th Mantra as I have had 3 stolen in the past. That should give away my opinion right there. If this were stolen while writing this review, I'd buy another Mantra without hesitation, but I doubt I could ever find another like this one. This URT MTB XC performs as well or exceeds that of most of todays cutting edge frames at any price. The Mantra was introduced as a VERY Expensive exotic ride and it still performs that way. Too bad Klein's extreme manufacturing process was deemed ultimately impractical (and ultimately unprofitable) by profit oriented Trek.

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Cannondale M1000. A classic HT

Gary Fisher A good quality bike at an affordable price

[Apr 13, 2001]
Booger
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Light, um, good components, looks cool.

Weakness:

Everything but the lightness and the components

What was Gary Klein thinking with this design. It is like an inchworm. I was constantly trying to figure out where I was supposed to be on the thing. The URT and High Pivot really makes the bike do some weird things when riding. It is quite fun trying to figure out what quirky thing would happen next. Unlike other suspension designs where I can just get on and ride while paying only minor attentoin to my pedalin. This thing keeps you guessing. Ie, I went down a tame little drop off and when I got to the bottom with speed, the bike compressed and nearly shot me up out of the saddle. It is like an inchworm too. The handling is affected by it, the wheel base extends noticably when the suspension is compressed. Also, when standing in pedals, you have no suspension at all, the only time you get it is in the seat. And when you're suspension is active, the distance from the Bottom Bracket to the seat is changing.

I think the mantra's mantra is to go away. I think there are a lot of die hards out there, but that suspension design is outdated and performs poorly.

Sorry Klein, I think your new suspension is killer though.

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Sugar, Jamis, Trek

[Jan 15, 2001]
Billy

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Weakness:

Poor suspension action, locks up on downhills
Headset keeps coming loose

Sold mine after I rode a friend's Intense. The Mantra suspension doesn't really work for me, more of a East Coast type bike. Found out there's a reason you never see them in Nevada or Utah bombing the big stuff. I just saw that Klein is going to discontinue this design because it is obsolete. One of those development branches that turned out to be a dead end.

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Diamondback

[Jan 14, 2001]
KEITH
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

TOP QUALITY, LITE, FAST, GREAT XCOUNTRY BIKE. AS CLOSE TO A HARDTAIL AS YOU CAN GET IN A FULL SUSPENSION BIKE.GREAT CLIMBER, GREAT ON TECHNICAL STUFF, I FIND IT GOOD GOING DOWNHILL ALSO.

Weakness:

ARCH OF FORK HIT HEAD TUBE ON BOTTOM OUT. HAD TO GRIND ARCH TO GET CLEARANCE.LIMITED FORK SELECTION DUE TO HEADSET DESIGN.

HAVE BEEN RIDING A MANTRA FOR 3 YEARS.I RIDE 5 DAYS A WEEK[90-100 MILES] HAVE ROAD TESTED OTHERS. NOTHING COMES CLOSE TO THIS BIKE FOR X-COUNTRY RIDING. ITS LIKE A FERRARI.LITE ,FAST, NIMBLE. TOTALLY ROCKS!!! THE ONLY LIMITS I HAVE FOUND ON THIS BIKE ARE MY OWN.HIGH PERFORMANCE ALL THE WAY.

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[Oct 07, 2000]
MNB
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

silky smooth suspension, light weight, above average handling for a dual suspension

Weakness:

brake pads supplied with Avid brakes (I had to rreplace the Avid pads after only 2 rides with Shimano ceramic pads). And of course, it's fairly expensive.

This bike rocks. It's the first dualie I've ridden which comes close to climbing prowess and downhill carving of a hardtail. It's not as crisp turning as my prior hardtail, but it's far better than any other dualie I ever took downhill. The components are all first rate, and I have not had any trouble with the Mars fork, as reported by other riders. While the light weight is admirable, this bike's real advantage over any other dualie is its handling. It's an expensive bike, but then everything on the bike is first quality and light.

Similar Products Used:

Klein Attitude hardtail, Ibis Szazbo

[Aug 31, 2000]
S H I T K I C K E R
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

this is a real quarter horse!!! I not sure what they feed this beast (super korn???) but it will buck you farther than black beauty, and it won't give up. old yeller won't get near it.

Weakness:

saddle is uncomfortable, it should come with a seat belt! when I try to stear it by the horns, it refuses to stay in line. Klein would make a million pesos if pro rodeo found out about this thing, it tries to buck you off like mule on peyote!!! like riding a trail with an endless whoop section.

best kept in the corral, unless you got your five gallon ready, and your spurs are nice and sharp, otherwise it will buck you off quicker than greased moose poop slides off a shovel. I give it one flamin chili cuz it already acts like it had 10.

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bulls, horses, mules, your mom.

[Jun 17, 2000]
Andy Kraft
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Ultra light weight, great workmanship.

Weakness:

Defective parts used in assembly. MUST have a riser bar.

My first ride was at the 24hrs of Snowshoe Race in West Virgina. I am coming off a Klein hardtail, and had a hard time getting used to the rear end bobbing. The bike climbs and manuvers like nothing else. Steep downhills are another story, this thing is a death machine. Riser bars are a MUST. My bike came with the Manitou Mars CL and the Cane Creek AD10, both of which were defective from the factory. The Mars leaked oil, and the AD10 had a bad seal. Mike bike is 23 1/2 pounds built, and is the custom model signed by Gary Klein. Workmanship of the frame is unrivaled.I invested $4400, so I don't know how much of a value that is. This bike is suited to the Klein lover that has too much money and wants the best of everything. You could get the Specalized FSR/XC Pro for $2000 less, and probably be jsut as happy.

Similar Products Used:

Specalized FSR/XC Pro, Klein Attitude Pro

[Apr 11, 2000]
joseph dominguez
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light/stiff/fast/climbs anything you want!!!!!!!!!!!

Weakness:

none yet

never ever thought i would every go full suspension!!!!!!
wrong!!!! it took one ride and i will never go back to my hard tail.this bike will let you ride faster,harder and longer then you have ever ridden before..........the only thing you need to do,is take some time setting this work of art up. for example seat hight,riser bars a must and take some time
finding the right shock psi and rebound.
thwe cane creek is top notch and so is the mars cl
you will never want to come home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[May 09, 2001]
yeah Baby
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, super fast, nice paint job, good factory components.

Weakness:

none

This is a awesome bike. If you like XC that is. I wouldn't buy this bike if you are a downhill killer. This bike was not designed for downhill. It can climb over anything, but you just have to learn how to ride to fit the bike. The quality of this exceptional, I don't understand why Klein want to stop the production of of this line of bikes.

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