There’s one thing that can be said about a Klein, they’re unmistakable. Whether for their gregarious paint or their fat aluminum tubes, few MTB manufacturers garner the same devotion as Gary Klein.
Indeed, few mountain bikes can be improved by the addition of anodized jewellery, but a Klein will relish it. It helps if the frame being adorned is a pristine Attitude model from 1995. This Attitude belongs to the godfather of vintage Kleins, Finland’s Samu Laine, who has restored enough examples to showroom condition to know what he’s talking about. The original frame and fork has been assembled with an immaculate Shimano XTR M900 group set, rolling on a pair of Ringlé hubs laced to Campagnolo Atek rims. The ‘Nightstorm’ in this instance refers to the custom paint that was offered as an after-market option. Other variations included ‘Graffiti’, ‘Sea & Sky’, ‘Moonrise’ and ‘Coral Reef’, whose names should give you an indication of how eye-searingly imposing these bikes can be.
Samu is the webmaster of oldklein.com, an online library of these wonderful machines from the golden era of mountain biking. It’s worth a visit if you’ve any soft spot for retro cycling, or if you haven’t had your morning’s coffee yet.