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 Post subject: Pro-Flex 856
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:36 pm 
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I have wanted an 856 ever since I first set eyes on one in our Moto-X shop come LBS.
The price tag was rediculous for a 15yr old and I had to make do with my Spanking new Univega Aplina 506 :(

Never saw one on the trails or roads, only ever in the magazines (and shop) so to me these were the rarest of rare!

Fast forward 13yrs and and I managed to get hold of this 856 off the forum and built it up with what i had lying around so I could get it upto Keilder to give it a shakedown, I loved it and it is a really comfy bike and climbs really well.

I have been picking up period correct XTR kit for this and nearly have everything I need to make a complete bike.

I have had the Frame blasted and Powdercoated (for free) in White :roll: and am waiting on my decals from Gil_m (top bloke)

Due to some difficulties at work my project has now been put on hold so things like Rims, Spokes, Tyres, Pedals, Saddle will have to wait.

Bars are not going on just used them to mount the levers and shifters on so i didnt lose them!

Here is the current spec and semi built pics (Still trying to figure this camera)

Frame: ProFlex 856
Fork: Girvin Chubby
Shock: Girvin MCU

Headset: FSA The PIG
Stem: Syncros cattleprod
Handlebar:
Grips: Lizardskins

Brakes: XTR M950
Brake Cables: XTR
Brake Levers: XTR M950

Shifters: XTR M951
Front Derailleur: May run 32T only up front
Rear Derailleur: XTR M952
Derailleur Cables: XTR
Cassette:
Chain: Sachs
Cranks: XTR M952 - Need Middleburn convertor & Rings
Crank Bolts: XTR
Chainrings: XTR
Chainring bolts: XTR
Bottom Bracket: XTR Octalink
Pedals:

Hub Skewers: XTR M950
Rims:
Hubs: XTR M950
Nipples: Soft and pink
Spokes:
Tyres:
Tubes: Specialized

Saddle:
Seatpost: Syncros "elite" :wink:
Seatpost Binder:



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Any suggestions welcome, especially on the choice of Rims and Spokes/Nipples....



Tony....


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very nice. This was the original spec:

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:19 pm 
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Bars will look good vs the red forks and a contrast to the white frame, silver post/stem.

Rims should be silver, with red nipples.

:oops:

Feel free to disagree


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:43 pm 
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fingers wrote:
Bars will look good vs the red forks and a contrast to the white frame, silver post/stem.

Rims should be silver, with red nipples.

:oops:

Feel free to disagree



I really want a silver/carbon Syncros flat bar but know what you mean!

I think i may strip and polish the forks and get Gil-m to repro the original decals.

Defo silver rims but depends on the forks if I go with red nips!



Tony....


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:50 pm 
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Mmmmmm, Proflex. :D

Very Nice!


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tony gti-r wrote:
fingers wrote:
Bars will look good vs the red forks and a contrast to the white frame, silver post/stem.

Rims should be silver, with red nipples.

:oops:

Feel free to disagree



I really want a silver/carbon Syncros flat bar but know what you mean!

I think i may strip and polish the forks and get Gil-m to repro the original decals.

Defo silver rims but depends on the forks if I go with red nips!



Tony....


Are the forks aluminium?

Make sure theyre not magnesium or itll be dull once stripped


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fingers wrote:
tony gti-r wrote:
fingers wrote:
Bars will look good vs the red forks and a contrast to the white frame, silver post/stem.

Rims should be silver, with red nipples.

:oops:

Feel free to disagree



I really want a silver/carbon Syncros flat bar but know what you mean!

I think i may strip and polish the forks and get Gil-m to repro the original decals.

Defo silver rims but depends on the forks if I go with red nips!



Tony....


Are the forks aluminium?

Make sure theyre not magnesium or itll be dull once stripped




Ahh yes never thought of that! I`m pretty sure they could be ally as i ahve seen RST forks polished and these are re-stickered RST High 5s`!

Hmmm maybe stripped and re-painted red then! Or XTR grey???



Tony....


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They are magnesium, and rebadged Hi-5s but with only 4 inches of travel.

I think the later yellow or black ones labeled the LTs had 5 inches of travel.

RST did a massive recall years back because the five inch travel forks broke.


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Had wondered if they were magnesium...

Paint them XTR gray...


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:16 am 
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shovelon wrote:
They are magnesium, and rebadged Hi-5s but with only 4 inches of travel.

I think the later yellow or black ones labeled the LTs had 5 inches of travel.

RST did a massive recall years back because the five inch travel forks broke.



Oh well then, thats that idea out the window!

The forks will be staying red as I have just got my decals in the post this morning from Gil-m and boy do they look goooood!

I`ve gone for the original decals but with the inner in red instead of yellow and the lightning strike done in yellow instead of white.
He also repro`d the "Factory Test" and I had the inner in red instead of white.

Will get them on today and get a few snaps out in proper light.



Tony....


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