Here is my newest purchase, the bike is a 1988 Reflex ALX99, a sweet bonded (threaded tubes with adhesive) frame utilizing Easton 6061 E9 aluminum alloy main tubes coupled with Ishiwata EX brazed wishbone rear stay, chainstays, and a beautiful lugged Ishiwata EX rigid fork. Add to the great frame a full Shimano XT package and you have one sweet ride! This bike was not ridden, it must have been bought and lived out its life in the garage. The saddle has badly checked, almost dried and cracked ... other than that the bike is all original, all the way down to the stock Shimano oversized steel cable housing. The bike doesn't look like it has seen a single mile of use, I've bought NOS stuff that has more wear and tear. Another interesting bit that I came across is this Reflex ALX99 was designed by Jeff Lindsay from Mountain Goat Cycles fame. The bike is special enough to be included in MOMBAT's collection. I've included MOMBAT's write up on Reflex ALX99 as well as the link.http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/BikeHistoryPages/Reflex.htmlReflex appears to have been the retail side of Easton? The bikes appear similar to the Raleigh bikes of that era but are definitely not identical. Jeff Lindsay, of Mountain Goat Cycles, drew up the original geometry for the Reflex line. The anodized finish is a nice touch and the screwed and glued construction is interesting. From what we have found, it appears as if the bikes only existed for a couple of years before being discontinued. There are some advertisements from Look and Peugeot that feature an identical frame so Easttubingon may have sold the rights to the frame. That would make some sense since it would have been difficult for Easton to "compete" against there customers.
My daughter turns 8 next tomorrow, she really wants a 26" trail bike (she is not quite tall enough yet), and her two favorite colors are pink and blue... this anodized gem is perfect!
Does anyone else still own a Reflex ALX99? Did you own one along the way? I would appreciate hearing from you regarding this bike, thanks!
(I should mention that I'm having the SR Laprade original seatpost polished right now, that's why it is pictured with a Salsa Shaft post. My LBS was sold out of Pink Oury grips, please excuse the naked bars. The first photo is as purchased.)