Klein Attitude Nightstorm

Klein Attitude Nightstorm

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.

Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm
Klein Attitude Nightstorm

  • Tony Pereira

    As a steel die-hard I wouldn’t really want to ride one, but this is golden age stuff for me. Love the look and that era of components: right on the cusp of v-brakes, no suspension, blue instead of purple, first gen XTR M900. So sweet!

  • Semilog

    That front derailleur cable is not clamped correctly. 

    Also, aluminum alloy canti pivot bolts are not a good idea on the front, unless you’re really longing for some serious dental work. Ti would be okay there. But a much larger weight savings can be safely achieved by ditching the self-extracting crank bolts and holding the cranks in place with alloy bolts (after torquing with steel bolts). 

  • stric

    I always wanted one back in the 90s but could never afford them. Then Trek took them and they lost their charisma, exclusivity and charm. Still, this is a beautiful bike and I love the st up. Brings back a lot of memories.

  • Apfrancis

    But how much does it weigh?

  • in-tube-integrated cablework.?. at this day & age.?. on an mtb.?. i’m impressed…
    frame must be a very good 1 considering by the looks of the welding strips. albeit weighing a ton…
    otherwise primitive 90’s with nice color scheme
    & those… ²&锑(§è!çà)-^$ùµ,;:=?./+%£¨*|@#{[^{}[]´`~ – cantilever brakes…

  • Semilog

    Bikes can be found going back to the 1930s with internal cable routing. It’s still cool, though. And no, those Kleins did not weigh a ton. I’d be surprised if this one was more than 19 lb. It’s probably in the 18 lb. range.