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    K2/Proflex bike forum?

    I finally found the K2 manufacture bike forum by backtracking through a k2 picture thread. Why does this K2/Proflex forum link not appear with the other bike manufacture forums and can you set it up so it does? Would be nice to link up with others who still ride the brand who brought us the first production rear suspension mtb frame.

    Thanks, Singletrackmac

    Think I'll take my 555 with an upgraded Girvin AL linkage fork out for a ride this afternoon. 5th generation of the original production fs frame, yellow elastomers with a chromoly swing arm and all. Rear end is a liitle funky, but nothing else tracks quite like a linkage fork with a tuned coil-over Noleen shock. So many good memories of early FS mtbs.
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    Great day for a ride through the singletracks in Tahoe.
    That Girvin linkage fork may track like no other fork, but it also creaks like no other fork. I haven't rode this bike since last fall, and I think the fork needs some oil.

    Here is a pic of the 555 from last fall.
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    Some pics from my 555 Tahoe ride yesterday

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    Nice thread -happy to see you out riding/keeping alive a Proflex machine.

    My history with Proflex, though short, was an interesting and no doubt fun one. I was one of the few to go from full-rigid to full suspension because of a Proflex. You are right, the fork is a hoot, and straight shooter, and an incredible creaker.

    I had my first Proflex for one year. It developed a crack on the steel swing arm of all places, and I welded it up. I suspected the aluminum main frame to go first actually. It wasn't far behind. 9 months of hard use, and it developed cracks at various frame welds, and I had to give it up. But I can't say it wasn't a fighter! Just plain wore it out. The bike started to sound like a big Wells Fargo stage coach! I returned it to Proflex for a warranty and moved on (the replacement took over a year, that frame moved onward to another user). I still have the fork, and have used it on various commuter machines -very cool design.

    Thanks for posting!!!

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    For posterity, I think too there should be a committed forum if for no reason other but to record this bike's (Proflex) place in history. It was not a subtle one, right in the middle of very fluid and significant evolution in mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrackmack View Post
    I finally found the K2 manufacture bike forum by backtracking through a k2 picture thread. Why does this K2/Proflex forum link not appear with the other bike manufacture forums and can you set it up so it does? Would be nice to link up with others who still ride the brand who brought us the first production rear suspension mtb frame.

    Thanks, Singletrackmac

    Think I'll take my 555 with an upgraded Girvin AL linkage fork out for a ride this afternoon. 5th generation of the original production fs frame, yellow elastomers with a chromoly swing arm and all. Rear end is a liitle funky, but nothing else tracks quite like a linkage fork with a tuned coil-over Noleen shock. So many good memories of early FS mtbs.
    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    For posterity, I think too there should be a committed forum if for no reason other but to record this bike's (Proflex) place in history. It was not a subtle one, right in the middle of very fluid and significant evolution in mountain biking.


    There once was ... K2

    This place is about pushing NEW stuff to the consumer.

    It was explained that way (my interpretation) in another thread about the K2.

    If it ain't being made, anymore, expect it to become hidden from sight.

    The forums are free, and the rules are not ours to question

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    There once was ... K2

    This place is about pushing NEW stuff to the consumer.

    If it ain't being made, anymore, expect it to become hidden from sight.
    It looks like this k2 and others are still being made.

    Factory 5.0 | Specifications
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrackmack View Post
    It looks like this k2 and others are still being made.

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    I doubt it's gonna matter.
    Quote Originally Posted by DHbiker View Post
    Oh yeah thanks for the negative rep! (see picture)

    But guess what?! K2 used to make decent bikes and a lot of people are still riding them.

    The k2 forum still exists, you just can't get to it from MTBR's listing of forums, you need to go to google and search for it or previously know the URL.
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    YAY Public Rep!
    It seems that MTBR consider's it a dead brand.

    A few have tried to bring it back, but IMHO, it ain't gonna happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    There once was ... K2

    This place is about pushing NEW stuff to the consumer.

    If it ain't being made, anymore, expect it to become hidden
    First of all, yes, they still make k2 bikes.

    Second, there is a mongoose/schwinn thread. All new schwinns do not look like serious mtb's, and mongoose look serious, but there 2013 top of the line bikes are a URT type design.

    Is this the new stuff MTBR wants to push to the consumer?
    Last edited by singletrackmack; 08-19-2013 at 11:31 PM.
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    My bad. The top of the line mongoose (teocali) is not a URT at all. It actually looks pretty innovative or at least different.
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