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 Post subject: Proflex 856
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:21 pm 
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Yesterday saw the arrival of Grannygrinders 856 frame and some bits, and I spent a few hours today putting it all together. I might have done it last night, but the wife put it in the shed and forgot to tell me. :? :lol:

So here it is.

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Built up either with bits that came from Mike with the frame or stuff in the shed. There's a mixture of aged stuff from the frame/forks of the mid-nineties, through wheels/brakes from the turn of the millenium right up to fairly modern gears.

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I'm pretty happy with the build and I'm not really sure what I'd do different. It'd be far too easy to go down the XT/Girvin route or the Syncros/Control Tech look, but I couldn't really justify the spend anyway. :lol:
I like the contrast ice blue bars and how they compliment the grey/blue of the LX gears.
I reckon it's just the wheels/tyres that I'd probably change - something pimpier and lighter. Oh and some NOS Onza RAW110 bar ends (anyone?)

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Other than that, what I've got is a lovely example of a classic frame, good age related suspension but with brakes and gears that don't look out of place, are a little different but help my ever aging bones up hill and prevent breaking them coming back down.

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All that's left to do is source a middle ring (32 or 34t CD in silver PLEASE!) and one more go at adjusting the rear Magura - quite a fiddle on an 856.

Once that's done, I've got a keeper.


Frame: Medium Proflex 856 with ODS
Fork: Judy DH with early '00s crown and internals
Headset: FSA UF
Stem: Specialized OEM
Handlebar: X-Lite
Grips: WTB
Bar Ends: Unbranded silver
Brakes: Magura HS-33 Raceline
Front Derailleur: LX 9 Speed
Rear Derailleur: LX 9 Speed
Cassette: LX 9 Speed
Chain: SRAM PC-91
Cranks: L&M
Chainrings: From the spares box - missing a middle ring
Bottom Bracket: Dunno. It was in the frame.
Pedals: Shimano PDM-636 DX
Rims: Mavic 517
Hubs: XT Front / STX-RC Rear
Tyres: Hutchinson Bulldog
Saddle: Koski
Seatpost: FSA road seatpost


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:27 pm 
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that's nice - my 855 is on long term loan to a friend - need to get it back at some point as I fancy swapping things around on it and see what weight I can get it down to.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:48 pm 
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Like the way the yellow Magura's accent the decals 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:57 am 
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Looks great,one of my favourite frames.Got a rough one in the shed I must start on when I muster up the enthusiasm


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:00 pm 
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Excellent work there!

I don't anyone could tell it did not come off the showroom floor.

The red forks blend well with the frame, and the yellow bits look nice.

I know people that kick butt on an 856. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:44 pm 
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I'm getting more and more fond of these proflex's. The magura's look really cool 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:08 am 
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yeah I agree with the others on this, nice well balanced looking bike- proflex bikes are graet riding bikes- looking good mate 8)


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