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Coolwall June 2011 - Girvin Flexstem
Cool 63%  63%  [ 133 ]
Uncool 37%  37%  [ 78 ]
Total votes : 211
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:16 am 
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Absolute gash. Voting uncool...


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:57 am 
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donny70 wrote:
Absolute gash. Voting uncool...


Don't beat around the bush donny. :lol:


Uncool for me too. Not because of the idea, action etc... just because they could have tried a bit harder with longer travel, damping and so on.
Just a bit too half hearted really.

Great Idea for bridleways,light trail and crap pot hole ridden commutes. Had an allsop softride on a Ritchey 'natch' and I loved the feel, as long as It didn't get too technical.

al.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:02 am 
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jimo746 wrote:
Of course they're COOL!!! they were the innovative, interesting, quirky, funky looking, workable, front suspension solution for the early 90's MTB'er!!


I agree. Or at least I did 20 years ago...

UNcool.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:19 pm 
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I went through 3 or 4 of these after I persuaded my dad I needed one to help me stop bending forks!!! I kept breaking the stud that the elastomer was mounted on by pulling up too hard on the bars.......kept bending forks as well, so uncool for me.


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 Post subject: Soooooooo Kooool
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:36 pm 
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These are not just cool; they are Uber Cool (with a capital 'K').

These where the affordable fore runners of the bouncy forks that came along after, you may have been able to buy front suspension for your top flight bike BITD, but we were mostly paper boys or girls and worked weekends in B&Q for our dollars, we couldn't afford them.

The Sinnerman and I rode the Offroad Pro-flex bikes out of the box at the Malvern Hills Classic in 1989 (I think) and they rocked. It was weird riding a bike that had a bit of give in the front end, but we all soon got used to it.

Ok, so they creak a bit now (mine does) but so what, so do I!

8)

(M/Mayhem + Alpinestars + Saturday = Maverick)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:12 pm 
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I've voted 'cool' because they look great - they just shout 'Retro' after all, and let's face it they were only ever intended to reduce 'trail buzz' at best... 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:58 pm 
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can't vote yet (I am old enough just not enough posts) but I would say very cool.

edit: can vote now :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:16 pm 
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I like them, I've got three, enough said 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:04 pm 
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Functionally probably crap but I couldn't help voting cool as I do remember owning one and always wanting a Ti version.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:09 pm 
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COOL! functionally shite maybe? but isn't half the retro stuff we covet the same?


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