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Are Proflex bikes cool?
Poll ended at Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:51 pm
Yep - perfect retro full suspension that worked - cool! 47%  47%  [ 17 ]
Not bothered. 11%  11%  [ 4 ]
Eeek. Rubbish flex stem rubber bumper rubbish.... 42%  42%  [ 15 ]
Total votes : 36
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:51 pm 
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Had a request to see what the masses think...

I throw into the cool wall pit of destruction....

ARE PROFLEX BIKES COOL?

Do your worst people...

:D

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:53 pm 
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Yes they are cool because I ve bought one . :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:08 pm 
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They were very popular, but really they had the worst suspension system!
OK, the pivot point was much better chosen (than the high point from Trek,
GT,verlicchi) But they forgot to calculate the stiffness and forgot what
damage the wobbly back would cause to the shock. They also look like the
seatstays will brake as soon as you sit on the bike


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:10 pm 
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They always got very good reviews though?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:23 pm 
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First full sus to win a world champ .


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:53 pm 
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Difficult one. When I was 14 and properly getting into MTBing I scrimped and saved and bought a £400 Trek. Friends had similar GT's, Konas and the like. Then a mate rocked up on his brand new tricked out 856, full XT, Girvins and the like... The elastomers didnt seem to move unless it was baking hot, which it never was, and the frame cracked after year.

But it looked the absolute business 8)

Yeah, cool.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:00 pm 
Mr Darcy
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no way!!

flexy, underdamped +over stiff rubber, heavy - before you start to ride the things.

ok, had the vagueness of the right idea, but so missed being cool.
How can you have a FS bike by using a Flexstem on the front?? :?

Shocking, so to speak.

uncool


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:10 pm 
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
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Well you had a flexstem for small bumps and Mag20 for big bumps .

perfect . :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:20 pm 
East Midlands AEC
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They are probably uncool but I personally think they are cool, if you see what I mean.

Once they hit us with the 855 they were really onto something.And they did innovate - not always in the right direction, but it was good to see some leftfield thinking.

I think I'm onto a loser with this vote, as I know the general thrust of this site is steel hardtail, but they do have a good pedigree and have stood the test of time - especially weight-wise. My 855 is 26lbs without any particularly great kit on it and has coil springs on both shocks too...

These photos are old and none of them have the same kit on now - mostly taken shortly after purchase!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:29 pm 
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chris - how the hell did you remember I said that??? STALKER :lol: :lol:

Had just a flouro yellow flexstem on a flouro orange/teflon Pine Mountain too. Geez, what was I thinking :?


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