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 Post subject: '97 Proflex Budget Build
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:58 am 
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One for the oddballs....


Started with this:
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Intent was to build up a fun, cheap, single-speed boinger for playing around on.



$118 usd (including the original $60 purchase price), a week's time, and a lot of trips to the spare parts pile led to this:




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It rides pretty nice once you get used to it, and it put a big grin on my old mug.




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:01 am 
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Nice :D

Always wanted a proflex...
Hows does it ride as a single speed?


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me likey - how much of the chain tension does the suspension take in at full compression? I'm surprised you can get away with a single wheel tensioner.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:49 pm 
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Looks nice. 8) 8)

What crank is that?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:43 am 
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Crankset is a Rhino (made by Dean):

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It rode really well after I got a feel for where to keep my weight on the downhills and clearing obstacles. As far as the tensioner goes, it has a lot of spring stength, and I didn't notice any problems on the shake-down ride, (I'll keep my eye on it now though :wink: ).

A few more detail shots for those who like such things:



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:20 am 
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Frame looks mint!

Not feeling the stem, but otherwise a nice build.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:39 pm 
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Pickle wrote:
Frame looks mint!

Not feeling the stem, but otherwise a nice build.

Um ya, either black on stem or silver on post to match stem and crank and wheels. My teenage daughter would scream fashion fauxpaux.

Dang, I love those cranks. 8)

First rate my man.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:57 pm 
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nice fun build ..made from your parts bin !! thats a posh parts bin to have xtr stuff in it :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:14 am 
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Thanks for the comments guys.



Might be a bit of a mix with the black and silver, but I was keying on the color combo on the shocks...silver crank/black pedals, silver stem/black bar, rims black center with silver sides, and the black post matches the fork links...never been much of a decorator though :oops: :wink:


My parts pile ranges from swanky to junky, but this time I had the "right" stuff for a nice build. Cranks, (which I love too), came from the cracked Manitou, and the XTR brakes came from the Explosif I built up fixed. The rest of the stuff ended up in the pile from multiple builds that have shuffled parts from one frame to another...kind of a MTb musical chairs until they find the right home.


Here are a few pics of the springer in action:


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went over the bars two seconds after the log shot :oops: :lol:


Cheers,

Steve


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:18 am 
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Wow, i like that 8)


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