Klein Bicycle Corporation Aura XV Road Bike

4.29/5 (7 Reviews)

Product Description

Aura compact composite frame. Dogfight performance, strategic comfort. Bontrager Race Lite wheel set. Mileage-shrinking rolling stock. Shimano Ultegra. Benchmark power delivery. Frame material: Gradient ZR9000 Alloy with Carbon Wishbone.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2011

Strengths:    Overall big bang for the buck.
Great looks (blue)

Weaknesses:    None for me, except just cracked the rear Bontragger Race hub.

Bottom Line:   
4000 miles on this bike in 3 years. Hard rides, lots of hills. I haven't raced in years but I ride it like a race bike. Comfortable, light, smooth ride for my 160 lbs.

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Favorite Ride:   Gunlock Loop - SW Utah

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Montlake - Seattle

Bike Setup:   Ultegra groupo including pedals, triple chain ring. Changed the Selle Italia for a Romin Pro - big difference. Bontragger Race wheels, post, stem, bars.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike DeDonno a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Strengths:    Aluminum frame (I hate a flexy frame). Internal cable routing.

Weaknesses:    Seat, heavy aluminum seatpost

Bottom Line:   
I've had the bike about 1.5 years. It's a 2004 model. Thus far, it has been awesome. Great acceleration and handling. The aluminum frame is perfectly stiff when digging in. The carbon fork and seat stay seem to provide some comfort. I upgraded the seatpost, stem and handlebars to Bontrager xxx lite parts. This is where I get some relief from road vibration without losing stiffness in frame. Seat was not for me so I changed to a Selle. The Race Lite wheels seem fine for most rides but upgraded to race x lite wheels for better down hill stability.

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Favorite Ride:   Hills, Hills, Hills

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Trek 52000, Cannondale Synapse 2

Bike Setup:   Ultegra components, Race x lite handlebars, Race xxx lite stem and seatpost. Race x lite wheels and tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jkkroon a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2006

Strengths:    Compact geometry. Light weight. Paint job. Carbon seat stays.

Weaknesses:    Headset started to creak after 2000 miles. Bontrager wheelset difficult to get most tires on. Bontrager tires didn't last long.

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for a very reasonable price since it was a model year old. Compact frame geometry felt very quick on test ride and hasn't disappointed. Compact (36/50) crank has been a great compromise vs. a triple for the mountains in CO. Bought this 2004 model despite the fluorescent "bones" paint job but it has really grown on me. Have done a few century rides on this bike and don't feel beat up at all at the end.

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Favorite Ride:   Masonville Loop

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Peloton cycles

Similar Products Used:   Performance Tirreno for a season. Test rode Trek 5.2 Maadone, various Litespeed, Giant OCR, Fuji Carbon.

Bike Setup:   9 speed Ultegra. Bontrager compact carbon crank. Crank Brothers Quattro road pedals. Michelin Kryilium tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by parmbrust a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, nimble geometry(almost too touchy); Dig the color; Internal cable stays are great (assuming I don't have to thread that needle); great for small geometry fans; descends like a bat out hell.

Weaknesses:    Break in was strange, creaks here, headset loosened, could've have been bad assembly; Handlebars flex too much and take away bike stiffness; came with 105 BB which I quickly changed;

Bottom Line:   
Great stiff bike with 'custom' features. I usually don't go for 'fluff' on purchases but something about the XV caught my eye. No stickers on this bike, all etched paint and beautiful paint fades into carbon. The Zirconium is stiff and if you've got kidney stones it'll definitely shake them loose (even with the carbon seatstays and fork). As many others have noted, the break-in is strange with this bike. Crank, headset, work themselves loose but once retightened have no issues. I ride this thing hard (I'm 190 in race form) and it's as stiff as day 1. I'd recommend it but not if you are in it for comfortable 'pancake rides.' Not saying it's a full out racer but it's not a beach cruiser.:) Anyway, get your kidney stones fixed and clear your bowels and this bike can raise hell with the rest of them. I'd say the best part of riding this thing is the downhills (who doesn't like downhills) b/c it drives like a Porche on a windy Swiss Alp road. Fast and responsive at 40-50+MPH.

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Favorite Ride:   Loops in LeipersFork

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   MOAB

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Allez; Bontrager Race Lites;

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bigsprinter a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff, reasonably light, great parts mix for under 2 grand

Weaknesses:    Bike took an unusually long time to break in, with lots of funny creaking noises from the stem, bars and BB until everything "seated." Same story with headset and Ultegra crank bolts, they kept coming loose for the first three months but no problems since.

Klein's "micro" drop-outs are a messy pain to get the rear wheel in and out of. I'd rather take the miniscule weight penalty for a standar vertical dropout.

Bottom Line:   
I reviewed this bike as a frame only three months ago because that was the only place the Aura was listed on RBR.

This is good because now I have several more months experience riding and racing this bike.

I bought it because out of the Trek family of bikes I could get my team discount on, the Aura fit me best and I was on a tight budget.

If you're a bigger guy and/or a sprinter on a budget, this bike is a great deal. $500 less than a comparable Cannondale or Klein Q-pro with 95% of the performance.

Great Bontrager parts mix. No hype, no flash, no nonsense parts that flat out work.

Dig the internal cable routing, makes the bike quick and easy to clean.

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Favorite Ride:   anything flat

Purchased At:   The Bike Station, La

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale CAAD4, Specialized M2 Road, Cannondale 2.8

Bike Setup:   Stock except swapped San Marco seat out for a Flite

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