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Old 06-05-02, 12:50 PM
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Old Bikes, New Ideas (LONG)

Well, as I stated in the introduction thread, I am getting back into the sport after a 3 year hiatus. Here is the deal:

1995 Trek 6500. This bike was worked hard dailey for 2-3 years. 90% XC, some freeride. Has an old Mag21 that needs to be replaced. I added Tektro V brakes, and some WTB rims. Everything else is stock.


1998 Pro-Flex Beast. I only rode this hard only 1-2 times. The major time was 2 days at Lutsen mountain in Minnesota. It has a Girvin Chubby front, Noleen rear shock, Mavic rims with NukeProof Superfly hubs, Bontrager SS tires, Magura Hydro brakes (red), and Sram 7.0 shifter and real d. I think like a xt front d, cheap cranks, hellbent handlebar, and Shimano 656 clipless.

Now as I am entering back into this beautiful sport, I see prices on what used to be extreme, are now way low. I am not sure what to do. I will not be doing any major downhill, so just some moderate XC. Should I spend money on fixing up my 6500 to an ultralight hardtail, or upgrade the proflex more.

I have heard good and bad about the Beast. Is it a good bike, that would be worth sinking a bunch more money into? Like the front shock, worth adding speed springs to, are for $90 putting on a Judy C? Also i think some Raceface cranks would be the way to go.

I understand this is all a matter of my own opinion, I was just wondering what the current thought is. I guess another option would be to sell both, and start fresh. I don't have a ton of money to dunp into this, but more likely a new part or 2 every month or so. Any input would be truly helpful.
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Old 06-07-02, 06:26 AM
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Apparently nobody has an opinion. Mountain Speed has speed springs for the chubby for $35. Is this a good upgrade, or should I put that money towards a new shock?

Same with the rear. A Noleen NR-2. MS has a ProSpeed package for $38.50. Would this be a sensable upgrade, or once again, should be saved for a new rear shock?
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Old 06-13-02, 06:49 AM
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Last bump to see if anyone has any input. If not I guess I will let this thread disappear into the page 2+ abyss.
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I'd reply with some interesting information or insight, but I just don't have any. I'm vaguely familiar with Proflex bikes, but not enough to comment.

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You may as well keep riding the Proflex if you like it because you probably won't get much money for it now because of it's age. I'd be most concerned with the rear shock, as they are expensive to replace and I'm not sure who makes shocks to fit your bike. There are some reviews here (with some comments on what upgrades are worthwhile):

http://www.mtbreview.com/reviews/Bik...ct_18425.shtml

http://www.mtbreview.com/reviews/Bik...ct_18762.shtml

Also, you might try the Proflex/K2 users forum. You'll probably get better informed opinions there:

http://cynosure.dyn.dhs.org/proflex/forum/

You could then keep the Trek as a backup/second bike. If the headset is 1" you may have some trouble finding good forks but I know Marzocchi still makes them.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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I am not too worried about the rear shock, since when I bought it from Irvine Bike Source, the sent a WayBig instead of the Med./Big I ordered, so the rear spring is for 200+ riders and I weighed 175 at my peak (currently 165)

What about the 6500, is that fram worth keeping around and possibly future rebuilding? It seems solid.

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I just found the sight and will provide any useful information I may have.
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id stick with the trek i have a friend who owned on and loved it, at leats keep the frame, it sound like your doin mostly xc riding?so you dont really need a fs bike, just an opinion.
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Keep the Beast, and turn the Trek into a single speed. Of course, shortly after the conversion, the Beast will probably become a dust collector!

BTW - I wouldn't sink "a bunch more money" into either one. With trickle down technology, you can get a lot of bike for a little money these days. If you plan on putting $300 or more into it, save the pennies towards a new ride.

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Well, it has come to my attention that it is a '97 Beast (I purchsed in '98). Some things I was considering were: cranks, BB, shock(s), seatpost, and maybe others.

So doing what I wanted would be about $300. Then again, like I said, the Trek is pretty bare bones and would need new parts too.

The problem is, I can really sell either bike for what I have invested (I know, that's life) to purchase a new one. I guess I should just hold out and buy an old stock bike at the end of a season.

If only I had unlimited money.

What does a decent FS/XC bike run now. I could get all the goodies, disc brakes,...drool
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Since you've only ridden the Beast hard 1-2 times, why do you need to upgrade all of those parts? The only thing I would consider upgrading is the fork. It sounds like it is basically a new bike. Ride it. Enjoy it for what it is worth. Get back into the sport. Don't get parts envy. As parts break, replace them. In the meantime, start saving for a new bike if that's what you want. You should be able to get a pretty decent hardtail for around $800-1000. But, it all depends on what you want. Buy last years models at the end of the season, or search out a good used bike. Lots of people buy a bike, try it a few times and then let it sit.

If you want to have that ultralight hardtail mentioned in your first post, convert that Trek into a single speed (sorry, I'm an evangelist ) - it can be done for little to no $. It will whip you into shape and leave a big fat grin on your face.
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I think you hit the nail on the head. I just want the new stuff, but there is nothing wrong with what I got, it could just be better.

I have read things about the shock, so I was going to upgrade that to something smoother. And the rear spring is too stiff, so I want to upgrade that to actually make my suspension move. I want to make it lighter too.

I think i will hold on to the Trek, maybe have a SS project for some rainy day.
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