WD Pro wrote:
I have just acquired an 856 to restore / build up
If your comments are right about yours having some later bits on it then I think they must have just used what they had at the time to build up the bikes
I have the ODS shocks but have the fork with its own top damper mount rather than it fixing to the stem !
Have you found the iriders / ProFlex forum ?
Proflex did develop things with the x56 as they went along but your fork and stem would be correct for the year it was the Girvin AL fork, the ODS shocks are also correct for 96 with MCUs. For the 97 bikes with the same frame they used springs instead of MCUs' and a GDT shock on the rear. Proflex didn't recommend the use of springs with the rear ODS shock. The later frames also had a gusset on the underside of the down tube at the top where it joins the head tube as did the XP series frames, although they still had the canti brake access port in the seat tube that was missing from the XPs.