Klein Pulse Race Bike 1998 or Older

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Klein Pulse Race

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[Feb 13, 2021]
herrigrw


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

A High School graduation gift from my parents on my way to college. It has a load of miles, on and off-road, and still rides like new. It probably need another maintenance but overall, I don’t see myself buying a new mountain bike.

Weakness:

Paint chips a lot over the years.

Price Paid:
950
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1997
[Aug 10, 2020]
RetroBikesMarsden


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is 23 years old now. Not many left that are not wall hangers. This one spent most of its time waiting for someone to thrash it. Mine is the wrong size for me really, yet its very light even with suspension forks. The frame seems in good condition and everything still works. Mine has lost its original brake levers. On a twisty route its like a cannondale m600 fast. Comfier down hill and about the same weight. On the flat its comfier than anything aluminium. Better bike than I expected.

Weakness:

Race was a decent componentry spec. Some lower specs are a bit mundane.

Price Paid:
350
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
1997
[Jun 26, 2009]
cikman22jp
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Simple, Light, Rear tail is pretty tough. Cable arrangement is great.

Weakness:

Nothing..but someone might say it doesn't have the RD hanger.. ow c'mon no body have that hanger 12 years ago.

I like that geometry!!!

[Oct 10, 2008]
ala.frosty
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lightweight and sturdy frame. The guy who sold it to me was just looking to get rid of it as he won a lottery or something, so I got a screaming deal on a 1997 Pulse Race in 2001. He thought it needed a new chain, but I've been riding it for the last seven years and it's worked just fine!

Weakness:

Deraileur ratcheting mechanism doesn't line up very well and is just about impossible to adjust correctly.

Old school these days, but I keep up with a lot of guys on road bikes that are simply amazed that a guy on a mountain bike can keep up with them. I pass most people on the trail, but every once in a while someone on a skinny-tire road bike will clean my clock.

I've owned dozens of bikes over the years and this one is the lightest and almost the sturdiest. The ultra-sturdy one weighed about fifty pounds and seemed to have motorcycle style front suspension. That was around 1978. I destroyed every other bicycle I've owned in less than three years of riding and even managed to destroy another fifteen speed road bike while the Klein kept on keeping up.

[Nov 03, 1998]
Douglas Grimm
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I've been looking at a lot of bikes.I ran across this one at a PAWN SHOP !!!
I got alot of bike for the $450.00 I paid.!! Someone wanted to upgrade,thier lose
,my gain.

[Apr 10, 1999]
Julie
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Awesome frame. Very light. Excellent handling.

Weakness:

Front STX derailer and LX brakes. Average front shocks.

Since this is my first mountain bike, I could not have asked for anything more. This bike is great for a beginner because of the excellent handling and the solid components, and as I improve, I feel that this bike will not need many upgrades. The frame's set-up with the low toptube gives me added confidence on the downhills and technical singletracks. The bike climbs like a mountain goat even for someone who is just getting into mountain biking. The first components that I will upgrade are the front STX derailer and the LX brakes. Otherwise, I have no complaints. This bike was definitely a great find for the $739 that I paid!

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Stumpjumper.

[Apr 07, 1999]
Brad
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

This is an incredible bike. It handles like nothing before! It is sooo light with excellent components. If I could, I would give it a ten!

Weakness:

NONE!

It kicks ASS!

[Sep 24, 1998]
Mike
racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

This Bike is perfect for upgrading and tricking out... it is the best value for a lightweight aluminum frame... the frame is so very nicely constructed you cant go wrong... I love this bike and i've had it for 2 weeks!!!!! The XTR Rear Derailer is very nice... i upgraded the Front Derailler, Shifters, Brakes, Levers, Rims, Tires, Tubes, BB, Crank, and hubs.Mike

[Mar 31, 1998]
Jim
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

Just purchased a Klein Pulse Race at a clearout price of $850 CDN. Upgraded front, rear, shifter, both hubs to XT. Upgraded rims to Mavic 517, pedals to Shimano 636, Thompson seatpost, manitou pro-c(ran out of money), and icon stem. After all the upgrades the bike still only set me back $1,600 CDN or $1,142 US. I thought the original components that came with the bike doesn't do the frame any justice. The frame is very stiff perfect for a guy like me who is 5'10 205lbs. Why didn't I just buy a Klein Altitude you might ask. With the upgrade and the red paint job that comes with a Klein Pulse Race you get a beautiful bike with better components at a cheaper price.

[Oct 26, 2000]
Tom Eriksen
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The frame is ideal if you're not into the dead feeling of aluminium but still want the stiffness. The geometry is simply perfect. It's feels nearly as perfect as on my custom racer.

Weakness:

The Spyder fork sucks big-time and doesn't belong on a serious mtn bike like this one. The rest of the components are cheap but very reliable.

One of the best deals from 1998. Klein cut the price by letting TREKs sweat shop to wield the frame while keeping the same characteristics as on the attitude. A classic.

Similar Products Used:

Trek 8500, Cannondale M700, Gary Fishers, Crescents

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