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Old 10-23-09, 03:50 PM
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Old Proflex 756 with XTR a good beginner bike?

This is probably my first time wandering in here. I'm actually more of a recumbent commuter.

I am looking at purchasing an old Proflex 756 from a friend. It has had the elastomers replaced with the ones from Rapid Descent and has been built up with XTR components. Would this be a good bike to use as an introduction to XC mountain biking?

My previous limited experience with MTBing is with old fully rigid bikes. My current MTB is a heavy, worn out low end early nineties rigid ***. So consequently I have only ridden the thing on flat, generally well groomed trails. I want to do more off road biking but don't like the pounding or poor brakes that my old bike gives me.

I will probably buy the Proflex anyway. I think it looks cool and my bike collection is missing any mountain bikes. I just want to know if it will still be suitable to ride off road?
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Is it XTR components or just an XTR RD?
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I just want to know if it will still be suitable to ride off road?
Sure. Why not? That what they were designed for.

The suspension is quite outdated, I wouldn't want to spend very much on it.
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You could probably spend 6-7 hundred on a new hardtail that would out perform it and be the right size for you. But..... I remember lusting after the Proflex, AMP, Norco, etc. suspension designs back in the day.
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Is it XTR components or just an XTR RD?
As far as I paid attention I think full XTR. certainly the crankset, front and rear derailleurs, front hub and canti's are. I suspect the rest is as well.
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You could probably spend 6-7 hundred on a new hardtail that would out perform it and be the right size for you. But..... I remember lusting after the Proflex, AMP, Norco, etc. suspension designs back in the day.
Yeah I could. Well due to the prices here closer to $900 - $1,000. I do like the look of the front Girvin linkage forks though...

At least the friend is roughly the same size as me so the Proflex will fit fine.
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