Monday, September 8, 2014

Tinker Juarez - 1993 World Cup Season on the Storm Klein Adroit

While researching the build for my Tinker replica Adroit I amassed a rather large collection of photos of Tinker racing racing the Adroit and a couple other Kleins. I thought this would be a good opportunity to post them up and try to establish a time line of that iconic bike.

This continues to be a work in progress as I find more pictures, videos and race results. Any info would be helpful!

Start of the 93 season - Preseason promotional pic

Full clouds on the MC1 and fork lowers. This is the only picture of this configuration for that bike. Very soon after he went to a black MC1, with only a touch of clouds on the bottom of the quill.

I only see one sponsor sticker on the drive side chainstay, looks like maybe the Sachs sticker.

Black Onza L-bend bar ends, which is interesting because he stopped using them for most of the season.

1993 Grundig World Cup - Llinars del Vall├Ęs, Barcelona (April 23, 1993) (Number plate 20)

Finish : UNK

Race video here (2:37, 2:58-3:02)

Tinker is sporting an unpainted Z-Leader helmet

1993 Grundig World Cup - Bassano del Grappa, Italy (Number plate 15)

Finish : UNK

This image is not confirmed to be from this race

1993 Grundig World Cup - Houffalize, Belgium (Number plate 19)

Finish : UNK

This image is not confirmed to be from this race

1993 Specialized Cactus Cup (Number plate 13)

Maybe the first race for the storm Z-Leader helmet, only one with a Powerbar sticker on it.

1993 Jeep NORBA National Circuit - Traverse City, Michigan (Number plate 12)

Still on cloud painted fork lowers, looks like black Onza bar ends, hard to pick up any other details.

1993 Grundig World Cup / Jeep NORBA National series - Mount Snow, VT

1993 Grundig World Cup - Mont St. Anne, Canada (Number plate 20)

Finish : 1st

Possibly the first time he switched to the new Mag-21 SL Ti.

Also now using Look pedals, 3DV Onza bar ends and Psycho front tire

Klein Jersey and gloves


1993 Grundig World Cup Race - Bromont, Canada (Number plate 11)

Finish : 2nd

Setup looks to be identical to the Mont St. Anne, only change I can see for sure is the Panaracer Dart front tire. Also one of the first pics with a new Z-Leader decal on the DS seat stay.

This seems to be the last race where he's running 3DV mounts for the Grafton Re-entry brake levers, he seems to have switched to black mounts in the following races.

1993 Grundig World Cup / Jeep National Series - Vail, Colorado

Finish : UNK

Same setup as before, Panaracer Dart and black mounts for the Grafton Re-entry brake levers.

1993 Grundig World Cup / Jeep NORBA National - Mammoth Mountain (Number plate 2)

Finish : 6th

Here is a video of the race

1993 Grundig World Cup - Plymouth, UK (Number plate 2)

Finish : UNK

Video of Tinker here (4:03 into video)

One of the few races in an actual Storm Jersey

1993 Grundig World Cup - Berlino, Germany (Number plate 3)

Finish : UNK

1993 World Championships - Metabief, France

Finish : 9th

As far as I can tell this is the final evolution of this bike. Tinker used a rigid fork @ Metabief because the mud was so thick and heavy, most people were running with their bikes, and he wanted the lightest bike possible.

Unknown Source

Unknown - Race

Gone is the cloud painted MC1 in lieu of a black one. Campy pedals, Tioga Psycho front tire, Sidi Dominator shoes, gone are Onza bar-ends, full race decal kit.

Tinker still wearing a 92 season jersey.

Unknown magazine writeup

Looks like painted Rock Shox lowers, Campy pedals, Psycho tire, Powerbar sticker in front of Grafton on top tube, no bar ends

Klein seatpost???

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1989 Doug Bradbury Manitou trail review

I've owned this DBM for almost two years now and it's seem some solid trail duty. However, I never took the time to take any decent photos on the trail or really get into the ride characteristics. As I go through and formulate my collection strategy this bike continually serves as a benchmark for all new comers and has secured a permanent place on my ride rack.

The thing everyone asks me about this bike is "How is it compared to a Klein?" Before I answer that I'd like to point out that this design is over 2 years older than any comparable Klein (thinking 90 Attitude here) and so any comparison is somewhat flawed. However, with that in mind I'd say it's like comparing a saw with a scalpel. Both cut just fine, but one is a bit rougher. I think of Kleins as precision instruments that need to be treated with care, and if you do that they'll do exactly what you ask of them. The DBM is much more like a saw, your cut may not be as precise and you may make a mess, but you'll get it done and it requires a lot less thought and care.

When you ride this bike you care a bit less about your line, a bit less about rocks flying up, a bit less about going over that bigger rock or drop. You just know this bike can take it and won't miss a beat. It's just more of a bruiser. That being said it's not as light, it doesn't quite help you feel like you're in command of something special and unique. It's more utilitarian in nature and you get that feeling when you ride it. It's like a bit of that spring in your step was taken out and replaced with a steel toe which you use to crush any obstacles in your way rather than flying over them.

Does it climb well?? Yeah, it climbs well. I feel like I'm in better shape when on a Klein, but there is virtually no flex in this frame under heavy climbing loads and great out of the saddle traction coming out of stream beds.

Does it descend well?? Yeah, it's great when you point it down. Actually, it's more forgiving than a Klein.

This is the fork that every Switchblade, IRD or Bontrager fork dream they are when they are sleeping. It doesn't chatter, it's doesn't flex under braking, it's doesn't wonder, it's awesome! There is nothing more to be said about it.

I love this bike. I urger everyone who ever gets a chance to throw a leg over one to do so immediately. It not the lightest out there, at 25 and change lbs it's got a few pounds over an ARC or Adroit, but then again it's a few years older. But it's a bike I keep coming back to and it's always ready to hit the trail!!

To put it another way it's a bike I make sure always has air in the tires because I'm likely to pull it off the rack for a ride on any given day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Riding legends - Klein Adroit Team Storm

Riding a bike like this is beyond privilege, it's really an honor. Everything about it screams "I'm here to race, put it in the big ring and turn and burn!" This bike is an amazing piece of history, I am thrilled that it's finally done and blown away by the final result.

I may not have Tinker's legendary ability to grind away the competition in the big ring, but I still had a blast riding it. The ride is not a whole hell of a lot different from a rigid Adroit. The Mag-21 was plenty stiff, with just a bit of give on the descent. It took the edge of and I can see how over the course of a long ride it would pay off. The Grafton brakes were mush, the Ti chainrings shifted like crap compared to the ramped and pinned M900 rings I'm used to, the tires were begging to be put out of their misery, but the shit eating grin never left my face.

I will definitely be converting these brakes to use eye bolts in lieu of the L brackets. This setup has way too much flex and is nearly impossible to keep in place.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Klein Adroit - Team Storm

Well, what can I say other than this has been a very-very long time in the making. I have been working on or thinking about this project going on for 15 years ( Backstory here ) and I almost can't believe it's finally come together.

There are now words to describe how absolutely stunning this bike is in person. It might be my most amazing project to date, I am utterly speechless!!!

The fork lowers and brake arch actually came from Tinker. They were never used and just had internals put into them for the first time this year. The color is a really dark purple, almost bordering on black.

Tinker signed the frame for me back in 2001-02 at the Cannondale homecoming event. I hadn't even started restoring it at that point in time.

This MC1 was actually found earlier this year in Gary's personal stash of parts of all places. I'm guessing that once the Klein factory was closing down all of the surplus MC1s and other random parts were locked away in storage and this bar got throw into the mix. It's a perfect match... only took 14 years to find it!!! I bet Gary already had it when I came to visit him back in 2002, bummer I didn't see it back then!

Grafton cranks with Action Tec Titanium chainrings and Tinker's signature Look clipless pedals. No idea how anyone could actually mountain bike with those things!!

Since Ringle didn't make 31.6 posts quite this early they made a custom one off prototypes for Tinker and Sara. Basically Ringle took the oversize 31.8 posts they made for Doug Bradbury and turned them down to 31.6 for use in Kleins and then pressed in bonded their standard head. This is a replica of this post made the same exact way.

I took some liberties with the rim using 3DV Sun CR16 rims with an equivalent of ceramic coating for the braking surfaces. Tinker didn't run these, but he would have it they had come out a few months earlier.

Ringler Super Bubba hubs with radial non drive side lacing and 3 cross on drive side using double butted Wheelsmith spokes. Matching Ringle skewers complete the setup.

Grafton Speed controller brakes were about the best there was back in the day. 3DV was the color choice for many top racers.

This style of head tube badge was only available on team bikes.