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Old 10-02-17, 01:43 AM
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Classic XTR front derailleur.

G'day all. I'm new to mountain bikes and to this forum. I'm hoping you can help me with info: I was given an old - (about '97) hybrid Pro Flex 26" mountain bike, in good order. I'd like to get it back as close as possible to original. It has all the good gear, including XTR Shimano gears and shifters. I'm missing the front derailleur (3x8-speed) It needs to be a 31.8 top mount, bottom pull. I was told it needed to be an FD M950, but this derailleur doesn't appear to be available in top mount. Can someone assist with suggestions please? Regards. Forgie
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Don't do it.

It sounds like you've got either a 955 or a Beast. I had an 855 in HS that I later upgraded to XTR. It just isn't a great design. It was lighter than a lot of it's direct competitors but it just didn't ride that well. Additionally all the linkages constantly worked loose or started to creak.

I got really good at taking the thing apart to lube. There is no adjustment you can make to get it to shift really smooth. It just won't do it. Probably owing to the geometry.

If I were you, I'd take whatever cool old school components you want off of it, then put the rest of it on craigslist for $200, and be willing to get talked down.
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I came back to add more commentary.

I definitely believe in classic bicycles, even classic component groups, and there is something to be said for a bike that makes you feel 19 again. Full suspension bikes, in the 90's, when companies were trying to figure out what they wanted suspension to look are not classic. The parts are usually unsupported and inferior. A lot of them, like the proflex never worked well, it probably seems doubly so since everything new is so functional.

Would you restore a 1984 Toyota Celica? It was a pretty cool car but it's not worth one cent as a collector car. You'd keep it running and give it to your kid. Same idea with the Proflex.

I think the Specialized LTS from the same era might be a classic. Maybe a Foes, Salsa, or even Slingshot if you can find one.

Road bike technology has been settled for years, so the only thing that changes are the frame materials, weight, and how many speeds. I think this is why there are so many classic road bikes. You can jump on a 40 year bike and it's still a great ride. Not so with a mountain bike.
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Thanks rosefarts. Really appreciate your comment. It's not the first time I've had similar comments while I've been trying to chase that elusive front derailleur, and it's starting to sink in. Curiously, it came home to roost when my son was in town, and we swapped bikes. He has a new 29" hardtail, and it rides like a dream by comparison. He was very polite about my proflex, but didn't have anything nice to say either. Thanks again
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
I came back to add more commentary.

I definitely believe in classic bicycles, even classic component groups, and there is something to be said for a bike that makes you feel 19 again. Full suspension bikes, in the 90's, when companies were trying to figure out what they wanted suspension to look are not classic. The parts are usually unsupported and inferior. A lot of them, like the proflex never worked well, it probably seems doubly so since everything new is so functional.

Would you restore a 1984 Toyota Celica? It was a pretty cool car but it's not worth one cent as a collector car. You'd keep it running and give it to your kid. Same idea with the Proflex.

I think the Specialized LTS from the same era might be a classic. Maybe a Foes, Salsa, or even Slingshot if you can find one.

Road bike technology has been settled for years, so the only thing that changes are the frame materials, weight, and how many speeds. I think this is why there are so many classic road bikes. You can jump on a 40 year bike and it's still a great ride. Not so with a mountain bike.
This is good to know. I just inherited a 954 with a busted stem where the fork linkage connects.
I was debating trying to track down parts or just salvaging the xt/xtr components to put on my specialized M2 of the same vintage.
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Are you sure it doesn't use an e-type mount?

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Old 10-16-17, 03:27 AM
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Don't think it originally had an E type Lazyass. It has no mounting points, and the replacement cheapie derailleur (That doesn't work) is a top mount.
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