Klein Palomino XV XC Full Suspension

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[Aug 23, 2021]
geebranz


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

I personally like this Marriage

Weakness:

nothing so far!

Price Paid:
1800
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2020
[Aug 23, 2021]
geebranz


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

I personally like this Marriage

Weakness:

nothing so far!

Price Paid:
1800
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2020
[Jul 11, 2021]
sherrixotyv29


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellent climber, however I the epic had less bob. It wasn't nearly as stiff though.-- Restaurant Vent Hood Cleaning

Weakness:

None so far

Purchased:
New  
[Jul 26, 2014]
gray_b

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ride mostly So CA mountains, and like that the Palomino (Maverick design) gives you a bike that drops off a rock 8 feet, can cross country faster than most, and climbs superb. A world class bike with a few upgrades, it's the full package. Like to climb, and can't find a better climber that you can enjoy later flying down the mtn. The suspension, paint, and cool factor are also strengths. I have the black with green/purple under tone, kind of looks like trout fish, truly awesome paint jobs on these. Classic bike contender if its not already a classic.

Weakness:

The original link (to rear swingarm) has bushings that will give away over time, causing the bike to have sway (left and right) in the rear. Original seat, tires, and front forks should be replaced for a regular rider. All the weaknesses are easily fixed. The 2 parts that are very proprietary to the design are not easy to replace (the rear shock, and the rear link to shock/swingarm).

Been riding a 2003 Palomino since I bought it new, and compared many newer 2010-2014 bikes. Climbing, cross country, or down hill I love the way the Palomino handles, as well as Maverick's recent bikes. It's the full package. I am currently investing in some maintenance and upgrades. I did consider buying a new bike, and looked at all the latest top mountain bikes. I don't think there's one on the market I like better, except maybe a new Maverick, which I can't buy at the moment and they stopped making them in 2011. If I had to buy another I did like the Specialized Epic, but it's also over $10k!

Similar Products Used:

Started on a GT in 1989 (when I took mtn biking serious), then bought a Cannondale mtn bike, then the next Cannondale (Jekyl?). After I bought a Trek Fuel, which I liked a lot. Had a Specialized enduro for a year. However throughout all the rides, I like my Palomino the best.

[Jun 04, 2011]
bridgestone14
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Stiffness, climbs like a goat, paint job

Weakness:

Weight, bushings

This bike is crazy fast. I never road it with the original link, Leucadia installed the Maverick link before he sent it to me, so I don't know how bad the original link is. I did just recently repack the bearings in the maverick link after about two seasons of use. The bike weights just over 26 lbs which is a little heavy for a four inch bike, considering my Epiphany weights just about the same. I really only notice the lack of rear travel on really rough downhills otherwise it seems to be the perfect amount for the trails around here. Excellent climber, however I the epic had less bob. It wasn't nearly as stiff though.
The Palomino I have is a 2005, the last year they were made. It has an incredible paint job, that I have scratched, much to my dismay. It took me a little while to get used to the seat post angle and I may still shorten the stem to a 100 over the 110. I am 5'9" and anyone taller should probably go with a large.
All in all an excellent bike, if not just a little heavy for the racer crowd.
A note on value. I spent a little over a grand for just the frame, as Leucadia had a brand new one in a box and I really wanted the blue paint job. I had to spend a pretty penny to get the bike down to around 26lbs and I now have about 5gs into the build. I could run a floppy stem, race only wheels, and treadles tires and get it down another lb or so but then it wouldn't be any fun to ride. My point is, don't expect it to be light without spending some money. However, used Palominos pop up quite often for way less then I spent.

Similar Products Used:

Ellsworth Epiphany, 03 sworks epic

[Apr 10, 2006]
Kenny G
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Klein paintjobs - the coolest in the business. Absolutely no pedal bob. Very stable at speed. Kleins may be collector's items soon.

Weakness:

Heavier than many XC oriented bikes. Handling feels a little dull and slow - not a fast singletrack carver. Is Klein going away?!?!?! :{

The Palomino has totally eliminated rear suspension bob - even during a standing sprint on pavement. It truely climbs like a hardtail (a 28 lb hardtail). My gripe with the bike, aside from the heavyish frame, is more of a preference issue. I ususally like my riding fast and agressive, darting and carving through the woods. In my 6 months on the Palomino, I have found that it just does not have the right feel for this kind of riding. Sorry to say, because I love Klein hardtails. It could be the geometry (long wheelbase combined with a short top tube), or it could be that I went with a large instead of a medium (but I don't think I could have gotten the seatpost high enough on a medium), but something about it just feels sluggish in the tight stuff. I would definately recommend this bike to someone who doesn't prefer a super fast steering bike. It is very stable, and climbs like no other F.S. bike I have tried. I would just caution any fast, aggressive single track riders to try one out to make sure it has the feel they are looking for.

Similar Products Used:

Klein hardtail (best hardtails around), Trek, Giant hardtails. Santa Cruz Heckler, Trek Fuel, CDale Scalpel.

[May 21, 2006]
Jeff
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

What everybody else has said. A great bike with flaws that requires add'l $$ to cure. But once dialed in, oh boy! Plus- not a bike you see everyday, so added coolness factor. Plus it is purty. Minimal decals/ rich lustrious paint. Looks like an italian sports car.

Weakness:

Off the shelf bike requires shifting fix kit. Stock tires also blow. Inner/ middle chainrings made of steel (upgrade and save a lb). Handlebars 25.5"? For East Coast riding, I cut .5" off both sides.

BTW- I had a cotter pin fall off the front quick release on the Maverick SC32. Renders the bike non-rideable. Mav was lighting fast with replacement cotter pins, so all is good...

Like others have said, this may not be the most quick-steering bike. Also - the XV is XT equipted so not the lightest rig going (I think my large is now abut 28 lbs). But for an all-arounder/ one bike fits all, it is hard to beat. Especially once this bike is modified the the Maverick rear shock fix ki; then it's world class..

[Sep 06, 2005]
Dan Garrison
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Suspension design, Maverick shock and fork, paintjob, XT disc brakes

Weakness:

Internal cable routing is rattling, original bar not great, Bontrager Revolt tires unsuited for all-mountain riding

This is a GREAT all-mountain bike. The Maverick suspension is awesome. The SC-32 fork is a dream. The bike has very little pedal bob, and climbs very well. Dialing down the fork helps with the slack headtube angle on really ugly climbs. All in all, the best overall bike I've ever ridden.

Similar Products Used:

K2 Animal, Cannondale Scalpel, K2 Razorback Team

[Mar 22, 2006]
Dirk

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks amazing, best paintjob in the business. Climbs like nothing else, costs way less than a maverick for the same bike really.

Weakness:

Bushings need changing every year or so, especially if used on our lovely muddy trails. Monolink bottom magnesium link became ovalised after about 6 months resulting in play in the rear linkage. Trek replaced under warranty and I understand it is a common problem as magnesium is light but quite weak.

Probably the best looking bike out there if aesthetics are your thing. Rear suspension is super smooth and the bike is pretty light. Fox forks are the best I've ever used and the whole things works superbly. Front mech takes a bit of fiddling to set up but once sorted seems to stay true.

Plus its got that rareity value that only Turners, Mavericks, Yeti's etc. can match as you hardly ever see them on the trail. Not something that can be said about the milion Specialized's you see every ride!

Similar Products Used:

GT LTS

[Dec 17, 2004]
Ewan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Supple ride, great front shock, rare where I am.

Weakness:

Poor spec for price, front gears a nightmare to setup. Is dual control really any better than rapidfire? Decent Chain stay protecter a must. My local shop went bust after purchase!

This bike is my first taste of full sus ownership. Niggly things first. Glad I'm not the only one who finds the gears, front especially, difficult to set up. My rear shock tops out big time on rebound but It keeps its pressure well and its dead easy to dial in the right pressure to suit body weight, style, terrian ect. Its also right in front of the rear whell and is a bit exposed to mud during wet rides (pretty common in Scotland!) even with the shock boot. Same goes for the front gear cable guide on the bb.
Ride wise this thing rocks. Small bumps don't even register and big drops into rocky chutes are sollowed up with aplomb. Those xt disks soak up excess speed well but I ditched the stock tyres and put on bigger, more aggressive treads. A shoter stem and riser bar swap sorted out the cockpit making the bike easier to hoist and a bit more stable in the air. Cornering is rock solid and those big tubes mean the whole thing is stiff with hardly any flex. I find the bike responds to inputs pretty well changing direction quicky but relaxed enough not to be nervous at high speeds. Its on the right side of 30lbs but a light set of wheels would give it a bit more zing when climbing and accelerating. Grip when climbing is however impressive and next to no bob makes the bike a good all day proposition. I would'nt buy this as a super light xc race machine but for allday trail riding thats performs when you want it to it makes excellent sense.


Similar Products Used:

Specialized stumpy fsr, blur, scott strike, fisher cake

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