So I must open by apologizing as it has been TOO long since my last Presidents Paceline entry. I could discuss all the club has been up to (which is a lot) but I thought it would be more fun to get back in the swing of things by geeking out on cool bikes – that IS why we all ride after all 🙂
With that mindset I thought I would share a recently found favorite of mine – the Vintage MTB Workshop (www.vintagemtbworkshop.com.) For some this will be a look at early off-road bikes and for others it will be a trip down memory lane allowing you to reminisce how these bikes (or ones similar) from two decades agos “felt” as we turned each pedal stroke.
For me I cannot help but remember lusting over the early 90s Klien Attitude. I never personally got to own one myself however, working in a bike shop, I did get to ride a few in my time. Along with Cannondale, Klien was one of the first companies to popularize the use of thin-walled oversized aluminum tubes which are commonplace today. Before the use of this once “radical” tube design aluminum bikes were flexy (anyone else recall watching the slow motion replay of Sean Kelly’s sprint victories atop his Vitus and how the front and back wheel went almost sideways?) Klien was famous for their consistent smooth welds and unyielding strong stout frames along with their garishly fantastic multi-toned paint jobs. They also where one of the first to use the now common double oversized pressed-in headset designs to allow for a light-weight steering assembly that still tracked strait as well as press-fit bottom brackets and unified handlebar and stem. This integrated “frameset” design (frame, fork, headset, stem, seatpost, and BB) allowed Klien to be on of the first to push the limits of endurance and lightweight design which is now the standard for all high-end bicycles.
The Klien Attitude also fit the mold of the quintessential MTB race bike of the early 90s era. Stiff frame, low handlebars, crazy paint, and built for speed. These bikes where not comfortable but they where fast with every push of the pedals propelling you forward and a frame geometry that allowed you to instantly change your line. It was this design that I first fell in love with in the world of bikes and still gets my heart racing today…
What was your first bike love?