Klein Mantra Pro Bike Bike 1998 or Older

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Klein Mantra Pro Bike

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[Jul 19, 2010]
Edwierd H
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

climbing ,agility ,weight,suspension travel, looks,quality
durability

Weakness:

tricky on downhill, painful learning process

wouldn't trade it for two of anything else,any other bike i've
tried seems to be less responsive and the steering kind of wallows around lazily

Similar Products Used:

klein adept pro,trek y bikes

[May 31, 2010]
tcruz3141
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Looks amazing (green paint with pearl coat), light, very durable. Climbs amazingly well (when seated).Very light weight (Carbon Boom makes it very comfortable to toss over ones shoulder when necessary).

Weakness:

(seat post (diameter and angle) and headset are a unique size so swapping parts is annoying). It takes getting used to. If you don't know how to ride the 7 inch travel single pivot you'll get ejected your first sharp downhill turn... for this bike you need to know when to be seated, pinch the seat with your thighs and flip off the back and hang over the rear tire; Once you master that on this bike you're set.
[By contrast the bike I rented while doing downhill at Whistler, BC was like a tank that required no tricks... it was just a big heavy downhill tank that you hope you never have to carry or pedal uphill from a stop.]
Headset also is either too loose or too tight (but it has a lifetime guarantee so I deal with it).

Beautiful Bike. When its off duty my friends have always refereed to it as my chandelier. When I take it somewhere on the weekends (bay area, santa monica, tahoe) it performs as good as it looks.
Back in '99 I splurged and the stock components were fine, but I wanted a few adjustments so... I had the frame shipped to Colorado to the Colorado Cyclist where they did an amazing job putting my bike together from a mantra pro fuselage with slightly higher end parts than stock, before shipping it back to me in California. Nearing 11 years, the wheels are still near perfect true with their crazy colored spoke combination - I attribute that to the shocks, quality build and perhaps me not taking it out as often as I should.

The mantra pro is a jack of all trades bike (Ace of XC and climbing) and can even keep up on paved paved roads if you use your front and rear suspension lockouts (it doesn't replace a road bike though - which I may get next year)

Similar Products Used:

Prior bikes: Cannondale Killer V, Klein Fervor, Trek 930

[Aug 07, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I'm not sure, but I was told I have a 97 comp, due to several indicators, including Chameleon paint. I would echo everything you read about the strengths of this bike. I will add this: I try to ride as many different bikes, in as many different conditions, as I can; Both old and new, stock and mod, suspension or rigid, beach cruiser to BMX. 12 YEARS LATER (and I am rarely on top of my maintenance) this STOCK Mantra IS STILL BETTER THAN ANYTHING I'VE EVER RIDDEN!!! Furthermore, most of the "weaknesses" are actually strengths, to me, even if only a wash from one situation to another.

Weakness:

If it has any, I honestly don't know of them (in the context of XC), after riding this thing in every sort of environment I could ride it in. I thought the bars were a little low, so I put a 2" riser on it. I also put a gel seat on it. Beyond that, I try different tires, but everything else is exactly as it rolled out of the show room, some 12 years ago.

I can't say enough about this bike. If you are lucky enough to have one or find one, PLEASE contact me, so I can buy it!
And seriously, there are not nearly enough flaming hot chili peppers to rate the KLEIN MANTRA!!!

Similar Products Used:

Nothing is similar to the mantra (though they try)

[Mar 09, 2002]
Chris Mancinelli
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It has a good strong desighn and works well on some jumps with a stock suspention.

Weakness:

Only the suspention on the big jumps, but I got Stratos front shocks and new Stratos back shock.

Sweet bike awsome for jumping and all a round mountain biking.

[May 04, 1999]
Randy Horton
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

light, nimble, fast

Weakness:

alas, cost

After one year of riding this bike over a variety of terrain, I continue to be extremely pleased. Climbing over root strewn trails is effortless. It seems to steer itself through tight singletrack. On pavement, its nearly as fast as my road bike. Note that the '98 Mantra Pro was initially spec'd with a Fox rear shock, but mine came from the factory with the Cane Creek AD-10 which performs very well(it does need to be pumped up every few weeks, though) Also, the SID in the front has performed flawlessly for me. Demo a Mantra Pro if you can...buy one if you can sweet talk your wife into it.

Similar Products Used:

Ibis and Specialized

[Nov 03, 1999]
hugh McCarthy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Self-righting (with speed); all around toughness; simplicity; good climber for full suspension rig.

Weakness:

Lacks absorption on large bumps while standing, it seems shock is best transmitted through seat post. Geometry is such that seat angle is fully tweaked to not pinch vital nerves. Tendency to fly over handlebars (likely a pilot issue)

I love my bike. It has lasted through major abuse atop Mexico's tallest volcanos and mountains. It is a mean bike, and an excellent climber for a double suspension bike. A great jumping bike, too, though I would have liked a slightly longer geometry...

Similar Products Used:

Mantra Comp; Santa Cruz heckler

[Nov 23, 1998]
Mike Osiowy
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

A while ago, I rode a '97 Mantra Race with a White Bros. SC90, Spinergy Rex-X-Roks, SRAM ESP. parts and a whole bunch of Syncros, Bontrager and other nice parts. The bike felt very comfortable (helped by the tall shock and riser bar), but still felt responsive, and to top it all off, it took the bumps like they weren't even there. In short, it made my Trek 6000 seem like a piece of crap. Oh well, for the $3000 price difference, I suppose there's a difference.

[Oct 03, 1998]
mark
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I purchased my 98 mantra pro in march..........the first month or
so i really enjoyed this bicycle......with the exception of the front
fork it had been spec'd with (rock shox sid)Do yourself a large favor,
sell your SID and replace with a Marazochi ( i can never spell it correct)
Atom Bomb and you will never have a need for any of your hardtails again.....
I was a died in wool hardtail owner for years.....but after riding this
bike.......it is really incredible....i can't imagine improving upon this..
I have serious concerns in regard to the SID fork......no damping....or
compression......it's light...but no adjustablity on the fly...it reminds
of the first Mag 20 and Mag 21 i owned.......you could probably be just
as light with a similar ride with a rigid fork!!

[Jun 03, 1998]
Chris
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I had a Santa Cruz Heckler prior to buying my Mantra Pro. There is absolutely no comparison. The Klein is multiple magnitudes better. I enjoyed the Heckler, but it handled like a boat in singletrack. The Mantra Pro eats up singletrack. Technical trails are scoffed at by the bike. I feel incredibly lucky to own one of the last hand-built Pro's from 1997.

[May 01, 1998]
Jay

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I'm not one to gush over a bike; however, this bike rocks! I've been riding hardtails for years. I presently have a Litespeed that weighs nothing with chi chi parts. That said, I say this, Let the hartail get dusty. This bike feels like a hardtail but more comfy. Make sense? It doesn't bob at all with the
Fox shock. I love this bike! Anyone want to sell their Mantra let me know. I need a large.Oh, yes, my buddy let me borrow his for a week. I thought it would be like those darn unified bikes--bob, bob, bob. I climbed stuff I could never climb on a hardtail. I may race his bike? If he will let me. However, my Litespeed would still rlue on most tracks due to the weight difference. If you are a convert to FS from HT this is the bike to have. Ride hard!

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