Klein 2001 Adept Race Full Suspension Bike

DESCRIPTION

The Adept Race is engineered for extremely technical off-road riding. It offers lightweight component and wheel upgrades.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 21, 2002]
casey
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great climber. Quick steering. Awesome frame.

Weakness:

I was a little disappointed with the lower end bontrager cpomponents. Since I was mainly interested in the frame I replaced most of the components anyway.

I can climb like a damn monkey on crank with this bike!!!
I've put a lot of miles(and crashes) on this bike and its held up great. I'd highly recommend at least test riding one. I wish they would put some better components on the bike though.

Similar Products Used:

Stumpy M2. Fuel 90

[Oct 26, 2001]
RICK
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

LIGHT WEIGHT,DISC BRAKES,FIRM BUT BALANCED SUSPENSION,RAILS CORNERS,LOOKS FANTASTIC,STIFF,FITS LIKE A GLOVE,FRAME MANUFACTURING IS PURE ART,WELL THOUGHT OUT REAR PIVOT DESIGN

Weakness:

FOR THE PRICE , BETTER COMPONENTRY SHOULD BE SPEC'D.

THIS IS A CLASS BIKE THAT WILL GIVE ME MANY YEARS OF FUN OFFROAD RIDING WITH MY SON AND FRIENTS, AND WILL ALWAYS BE A PLEASURE TO OWN. IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO BUY A KLEIN ADEPT, AND ARE THE TYPE OF RIDER WHO RESPECTS AND ADMIRES A QUALITY MACHINE, I CAN TRULY RECOMEND THIS BIKE.

Similar Products Used:

TREK 4900,6000,9.8

[Nov 12, 2003]
Bill
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid frame. Balanced at any speed & on any surface. Nimble. Lite. Responsive.

Weakness:

None that I am aware of.

I wouldn't trade this bike for any other. If you point it and can hang on, it will take you there and back. The gears have never missed thru all 27 on a day's ride. What's not to like. My only fear is that someone will steal it and I'll have to settle for "something else."
Im giving it 5 Chilis for both ratings.
Bike Line of Wilmington (Del) is an excellent store too. I'd buy another bike there in a heartbeat.

Similar Products Used:

Sugar 2, Fuel 90, Specialized, Rocky Mtn.

[Nov 10, 2001]
Scott
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Extremely fast climber, geometry of top tube makes it more maneuverable in technical conditions, clean welds and awesome paint job, component upgrades are not a worthless endeavor on this frame set, it only gets better. This frame is for the weight freak in all of us. The less weight the better.

Weakness:

In 2001 the tubeless rolf wheel set up did not seal well and the dealer had to supply you with free after market rim strips and presta valve assemblies. Avid digit 3 v-brakes have to go right away, Klein should stick to the LX/XT plan all the way which doesn't go without saying that the bontrager cranks and sram rear cog set need not be there either.

I love this bike. Anyone looking for a great time on local trails should check this one out. Remember Kleins are nimble creatures for those who can land a jump smoothly and navigate technical terraine both on and off the seat. If you are someone who likes to sit in the saddle and drive the bike into the ground all day, don't waste your time on this one. This frame begs for you to manipulate it and do your part on the trail in order too optimize its full potential.

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My other Kleins have all been hard tails so I am new to the full suspension scene and love it.

[Sep 18, 2001]
Patrick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Stiff, climbs like a mtn goat on crack! Paint and welds are the schznict.

Weakness:

BB a little low, UST compatible rims are problematic.

Wasn't sure if I would find a dualie I liked as much as my 97 Attitude, but I did. Debated a long time before putting down money, the Klein is definitley worth the difference in price. I'm making climbs that I used to have to dab on and just grinnin at the top. Reminds me of the DBR Vlink I had(RIP) but much better suspension quality and range of adjustment. If you're not a free-ride, big hit, know the the EMT's by first name kind'a rider, this is the dualie for you. Prolly not for weight weinies, it's light but not stupid light. Had a problem w/ air leaking around the spokes of the front UST rim, working on a fix. 4 chili's for value(had to give alot of plasma)5 for overall, best bike I've owned.

Similar Products Used:

Sugar, Fuel, K2, Rocky Mtn. DBR vlink, DBR X6

[Sep 17, 2001]
Dale Hewitt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super stiff responsive frame. Geometry is like a refined Sugar, not quite so "genesis" but longer top tube than most.

Weakness:

Bontrager cranks.

First ride I cleaned (very easily, it felt like I was cheating) technical climbs I've always had trouble with on my Rascal. Short chain stays, long top tube, quick steering make this thing a climbing and single track demon, it's un-real. Where this bike really shines though is in the 15-20mph tight technical single track. It whittles! Bike will rail through tight corners, stomp the pedals 2-3 revs setting up for the next little delight and this thing just leaps. Unreal how responsive it is. Tried the Sugar's (they were nice), the Treks, FSR XC, this thing just feels better and is more responsive all the way around. You pay a premium but you get one of the best frames out there and that in the end is the make or break deal. I was a little skeptical about the Rolf Dolomites at first but the actually feel stiffer laterally than my 32 spoke Mavics. I'm 175 and am totaly digging the Rolfs. 2.75" rear travel is plenty, allows you great feel for the trail and takes the edge off the hits. Hayes Hydros are awesome, if you haven't tried them they are a huge advantage in power, modulation and reduced fatigue on long fast technical descents. This bike is just head and shoulders above the Fuels and Sugars in ride quality,, they were nice, this is just better. Since I got a good year end deal, 5 flamers for value, I just about went with the Sugar since I couldn't see 2599.00 retail for the Adept Race Disc, you get the best frame out there but the Bontrager will leave you wanting at 1899.00 though - SOLD!!!

Similar Products Used:

SC SL, Titus Racer X, Trek Fuel, GF Sugar, FSR XC

[Aug 09, 2001]
Dino
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awesome handling bike! This thing zips around corners. Rides just like a hardtail. Light weight and stiff frame. No bobbing/diving while climbing which makes it a great climber. The frame is the product.

Weakness:

Bottom bracket is real low. Previous bike is/was a '97 Mantra. I was used to plowing over rocks and roots. First ride on the Adept was an experience in re-learning a trail I've ridden for years. Not really a weakness tho.

I love this bike! I rode on moderate trails and first noticed the awesome consistent stopping power of disc brakes. Next was the quick response of the frame with very little frame flex. Great climbing machine compared to my Mantra. You lose the Barcolounger feel of the Mantra but pick up the response in cornering and climbing. This thing flies downhill too! On the technical trails, I noticed the low bottom bracket. My only problem was hitting rocks and roots with my pedals going uphill. This will take time to adjust to as I was used to barreling over these same obstacles on my Mantra. Just a small riding style change. If you want a great XC bike, this is it. The strengths of a hardtail combined with the strengths of a full suspension.

Similar Products Used:

Mantra Race, Sugar, FSR, Homegrown

[Jul 10, 2001]
Mossy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Fantastic XC ride quality, quick handling, stiff, beautiful frame workmanship and paint. SX-R fork has been a pleasant surprise.

Weakness:

For the money, component spec could be better. Ive had a few minor quibbles with the Dolomite wheelset and Bontrager crank, but overall, its a solid if not fancy selection

The current trend seems to be that an all-around "trailbike" needs at least 4 inches of travel front and rear. Maybe in some places, but where I ride, the Adept is perfect. The X-Frame design really stiffens up the front end. If you already love a Klein hardtail, this is a perfect complement. Handles just as well, descends (and probably climbs) even better than my HT.

That said, Im not sure I would have bought this bike if I didnt get it for $1400 out the door, including upgrades. $2000 seems a bit much, but Kleins have always required a premium. The paint was scratched at a trade show -- no biggie.

I was probably going with the Fuel 98, but Im so glad this deal came up. The frame is the one part you'll never upgrade, and thats where this bike rocks!

One warning to prospective buyers. The Rolf wheelset is pretty nice, but the skewers are terrible. I thought my freehub was creaking, but it turned out the skewer wasnt tightened down enough. It takes a TON of handpressure to get it fully closed (there is a hard stop, eventually).

Overall, these are minor quibbles. If you can afford the cost of entry, and love the way Kleins handle, you will not be disappointed.

Similar Products Used:

Tested a Sugar and Fuel -- similar suspension, but they dont have that "Klein feel" which is hard to describe.

[Jul 11, 2001]
Bob Wu
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The frame is the backbone for any bike. Attention to details, not only the excellent paint job and welding, but how clean the bike looks, Klein runs cables through its top tube. The stiffness of the bike makes it ride like a hardtail, minimal lateral flex as well as minimal bobbing when pedaling. This bike looks and rides better than a Sugar. We have to give Mr. Fisher some credit though. The rear suspension was 'Borrowed' from the Sugar, but Mr. Klein X-frame is stiffer, which gives the bike more speed and power.

Weakness:

The stocked parts could be better for a highend bike. Should come stocked with XT shifters, XT/XTR front and rear derailers. Otherwise, this bike kicks ass.

This bike is a keeper! The frame is just amazing. You can't beat the attention to details on this bike. Some of the parts could be better, but you could always upgrade when they wear out on you. You are paying extra for the frame, and it's well worth the extra cash. This bike screams! Not to mention that it's a head turner when this baby is on my Yakima rack cruising down an expressway. 5 flames, baby! You won't be disappointed with this bike.

Similar Products Used:

Test drove Gary Fisher Sugar 2, Trek Fuel 90 and Specialized S-Works FSR XC. Too much bobbing on the Specialized. Klein is the best of the bunch.

[Jun 24, 2001]
Alan Sundquist
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Smooth, plush ride. Sweet paint looks way better in person than pictured. Frame design is typical Klein, can't beat it.

Weakness:

Way too low bottom bracket. When pedals are perpendicular to the ground the lower pedal is way to close to rocks, roots or whatever. Other than that there are none.

Great bike except for the low BB. I am a Klein junky, so I went with this bike. I would like to see Klein design a free ride bike with more travel though.

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