Saturday, May 17, 2014

Klein, Tinker and Record OR

While we're on the topic... One of the nice things with the new job is that I can continue to work with bmx and mtb icon and all around nice guy Tinker Juarez. I first met Tinker back in 1994 when he started with Volvo/Cannondale and started working with him in 2003 with Siemens/Cannondale when I first moved to Europe to run the sports marketing gig.

But this story dates back to 1990 - 1993 when Tinker raced for Klein and they ran the Campagnolo Record OR group that I lusted after. To boot, he also raced the Attitude and Adroit, other objects of desire. Talk about great paint jobs - I'd still buy one of these frames! Of course, I'd have to find those chainring bolts and all the rest to build it up 'properly'. They still show up on eBay, but at stratospheric prices. I know, it may have performed like crap, but when it worked, it worked and looked like jewelry, not exactly a quality you need when riding in the mud, but hey...

And where to find an etto helmet!?!

Greatest mtb paint job of all time...


  1. You might like this ... I have an Etto helmet in my garage AND a Klein Pinnacle. I also saw Tinker way back when and he had that big hair sticking out of the sides his Etto helmet. He was and still is the man.

    Btw --- With much regret I'm selling my Klein. I expect someone will make it into a single speed or a fixie. It was and is a great bike. I bought it new from Jay at Bike Beat down in Orange, CA in 1987.

  2. And ... my Klein PInnacle looks like the Yellow, Orange, Pink fade from your pic above. Klein did have the coolest paint jobs.