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Coolwall June 2011 - Girvin Flexstem
Cool 63%  63%  [ 133 ]
Uncool 37%  37%  [ 78 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:07 pm 
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GT-Steve wrote:
Back in 1990 these were a cool thing to have when you were 14 and everyone else had full rigid set ups and couldn't afford to get one of these.

big, ugly heavy and cumbersome - yes.

Cool? - abso-bloody-lutely 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:17 pm 
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Archangel wrote:
My dad had a one in his Nishiki Bushwhacker BITD, got it from my friend who got it in his '91 Cannondale SE1000.
What a piece of s**t that was. The biggest failure the design had was the fact that there was only one pivot point making also the bars dive forwards too. Softride is a much better design in that sense.

UNCOOL


Dive !!?? :shock:
You're lucky if it moved any more than 10mm :lol: :lol: :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:41 am 
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What a waste of time and money :lol: I bought one whilst riding in the Peak district to 'help' on my rigid Kona. I should have gone for suspension forks, mind you, at the time they may not have been much better :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:54 pm 
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Obviously cool! 8) 8)
Yes they were big and heavy, and not very good. But when we were all 14/15/16 we all wanted one. They are pretty useless in reality but then again if you were seriously looking for suspension then you would go straight to forks, but these were probably aimed at people who were either A) weight conscious or more importantly B) couldn't afford the £300 for proper suspension.

Whether we now know them to be crap or not it doesnt matter.....cool cool cool!! 8) :lol: 8) :lol: 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:24 pm 
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Coolio :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:12 am 
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Just rediscovered one in the garage only yesterday. I vote cool though in truth they were pretty pony.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:37 pm 
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Used to think they were uber cool...

Only just getting into retro mtbs I may have been very naive back when I was 15


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:43 pm 
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Very cool BITD, lts-biker had one and all I could do was look at it and think: how can I ever afford this.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:03 pm 
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Used to ave one in late 80's and early 90's. Used it for many miles very comfortable but it gave up in the end. The steel bit that presses onto the rubber actually cracked.

Cool while it worked


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:21 am 
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4 months of this and it appears it is cool.


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