Klein 1999 Androit Race Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Klein Androit Race, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou SX, 2.75" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 21, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

great bike never rplaced anything.used to race out of ashville, and taken the bike many times. i love it could not have got a better bike.

Weakness:

broke forkes on my roof rack, and had to order some adapter to make new fork fit. that took three week for the part to come in

had the bike from brand new and love it. kline is the best.

Similar Products Used:

none, i have a schwinn, homegrown an have never liked it much. but i have not ever just got on a bike and loved it right away.

[Sep 16, 2001]
ROLF RIMROTT
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

This bike is bulletproof, I weigh 205 and have broken frame sets of every other bike I owned. I have been racing my Klein Adroit for 5 years and it has not even fatigued yet. The Klein Adroit is stiff but also complient, it is the only alloy framed bike with a complient ride. The frame has internal cable routing so cable snages are not an issue, the Klein Adroit is the lighest mountain frame set period. Klein has a lifetime warrenty.

Weakness:

The Adroit has Klein's "Airhead" headset, this causes a limited choice of compatable fork and headsets.

If you are looking for a reliable, stable, bulletproof cross country bike that is light and complient the ADROIT is for you. If you are just a weekend joyrider this is to much bike for you.
Be sure to run all Shamno XT or XTR, pretty aftermarket componets will just have you walking out of the woods with broken components.

Similar Products Used:

I have used TREK and Specialized mountain bikes and the framesets broke in no time.

[Sep 22, 2001]
James
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Two years since my last review and the bike still makes me smile every time I jump on it.
This thing is far faster than I am!

Weakness:

Expense to replace stock SX-R. I can get good deals through the LBS but I would have to special order a fork from Klein to fit the headset.

I'm a light rider (140lb's) so a light bike is a must, this is it. Just ridding it back to back with my Attitude Race demonstrates the huge difference in the position of the CofG. The Adroit just flys. It is a shame Klein don't equip a bike like this any more. In fact for 2002 the Adriot is gone, no more super adjustment/maintenance free airheadset. The Race lights are back but no Chris King hubs in sight. In conclusion, those of us lucky enough to have the 1999 Adroit most likely won't be giving them up in a hurry! PS: I figure a 2 year gap should allow me to make another post.

Similar Products Used:

1999 Attitude Race (owned) F1000, Every Rocky Mountain, Every Trek, Klein..... (Worked at LBS)

[Apr 06, 1999]
Owen
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

The appearance of this bike is almost says it all. It's one of the best paint jobs I've ever seen. Once you ride it, it's even better. It's stiff, very responsive and the wheels are unbelievable. Race Lites all the way! I haven't ridden off road yet but it rides great on the road. I'll post another once I take it off road. SO far Kelin did an excellent job and the components are also well chosen for a 23 lb. bike.

[Apr 06, 1999]
john
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

this bike is sooooo sweet. swapped out xt shifters,brakes, levers and derailleurs for esp 9.0sl and saved a 1/2 lb. great manitou fork , true tracking(but i'm only 142 lbs) soaks up bumps,great,great, great, paint job oooooh migod

Weakness:

what frickin weaknesses you frickin' frick?!?

wort' ev'ry pennnnnnnnnnnnnnny

Similar Products Used:

klein pulse race. also very sweet

[Jan 12, 2000]
Ryan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The Paint is unbelievable. sometimes it is green sometimes it is purple. Also the XT/XTR isnt bad either.

Weakness:

The wheelset takes a long time for the spokes to set. I have ridden my bike 10 times since I have purchased it and everytime I have had to true the wheels. Also The front brake screams no matter how much toe in is on it. i have had to reverse toe to get the noise to stop.

I oowrked at a bike shop and got a killer deal on the bike. If you can get one as a leftover or on sale you wont regret it.

Similar Products Used:

Y22(XT/XTR)

[May 31, 2001]
Richie Rich
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

(Technically,I bought my bike in '98,so I refer to it as a '98 model,though it's really a '99 model.Confused yet?If not,you should be!)
I was in the market for an aluminum hardtail to replace my AMP B-4(dog),and I heard many good things about Klein,so I decided to give them a try.And I have come to this verdict:Among the big bicycle manufacturers,this feels,looks,and rides on another level.This bike screams "racer" to a T,with its agressive climbing ability and sharp handling.Although Trek now owns Klein,the quality is still far above any other big conglomerate.The paint is flawless,with a gorgeous green-to-blue iridescence,and the welds are perfect.There is nothing to complain about on the component side of things either.Racelite wheels(with the original Chris King hubs),XT/XTR componentry,all quality parts.This bike is a wonderful addition to my stable.

Weakness:

The race geometry exacts a price in ride quality--it's very stiff and unforgiving,which I actually happen to like as part of the bike's nature.I don't care for the internal cable routing--although it cleans up the asthetics it also makes maintenance a challenge.The proprietary Airheadset and heavy steel-steerer Manitou SX-R fork are a bit of a dissapointment:Though the bike is wonderful stock,I would love to see how it rides with a Z-2 Atom 80 and Chris King headset up front.Still, everything performs well and I am far from dissatisfied.

This is a marvelous ride.Everyone looking for a big-company bike company with high value,excellent componentry pick,and fine workmanship should consider a look at Klein.I did and this '99 Adroit is one of my favorites.It earns 5 chilies from me!

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'95 Fat Chance Wicked,Seven Sola Ti,Spooky Darkside

[Dec 20, 2000]
Charlene
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame craftmanship, geometry, paint, MC3 Airheadset, replaceable rear derailleur hanger

Weakness:

None

I've just completed my second season riding this bike and recently upgraded the drivetrain from the stock XT parts. Despite lots of miles and a few crashes, the bike has held up extremely well. One or two small scratches - otherwise the paint is perfect (no chipping or peeling).

Despite one of the reviews below, the bike has a replaceable rear derailleus hanger - I've replaced it once after a nasty crash that bent the hanger but didn't damage the derailleur or the frame.

This bike is a wonderful hardtail to ride. It's incredibly stiff and responsive, its quick and nimble, a real pleasure to ride on technical singletrack or bomb down powerline trails. And absolutely nothing climbs or accelerates like this bike!

This bike also turns heads. The smooth welds and incredible paint draw comments everywhere I ride.

After two years I am well satisfied with the Adroit. It has been very reliable, the frame and paint are as new, and the Bontrager Race Lite wheelset with Chris Kings hubs is one great set of wheels! I also like the custom Klein headset very much - it hasn't been touched service-wise in 2 years and is perfectly smooth with just the right amount of tension.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the bike and recommend it highly to anyone looking for a quality frame, a great geometry for cross country riding, and a bike to last for many years.

Similar Products Used:

The Adriot is my only hardtail; have a SantaCruz Superlight full suspension bike.

[Jun 12, 2000]
john
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

responsive, good components, great looking

Weakness:

none

This is my second riding season with the Adroit Race. In a sentence, this bike DEMANDS performance from its rider. I've found that when I pedal to my Klein's satisfaction, it hums and rewards me with an exhilarating, precise ride. When I'm lazy, the bearings on the rear hub chide me for my slothfulness: "you're not worthy...you're not worthy". I'm not a techie but I know what I like and I like this bike. It will climb anything and make you feel guilty for not putting in enough effort.

Similar Products Used:

trek 6500

[Jun 04, 2000]
Jason H
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Paint, Build Quality, Overall Design!

Weakness:

Poor, Poor, customer service!!!!!!!!!!

I have had it with Trek handling all Klein's warranty claims! You expect some hassle when you have an $200 bike that has been clearly abused, but people that spend $1500+ on a bike usually take care of their investment. Likewise, manufacturers that sell $1500+ usually take care of their customers.
To add to this, that paint job WILL cost around $350 on top of the repair charge when the Nonreplicable deraileur hanger snaps off. Klein will not budge on this issue, which is why I put all their dealer info in the trash.

Similar Products Used:

Everything, I am the manager of the local bike shop.

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