Proflex 455 Bike Bike 1998 or Older

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Proflex Attack

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[Jul 22, 2011]
Proflexrider
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awesome bike. Super lightweight and perfect for mountain biking and road racing. The gear systems are awesome, if they overshoot they snap right back if you tune them properly. Brakes are O.K.

Weakness:

Ugh, the elastometer in the rear (Is that what it's called? Whatever turned into a big mess. It was all melted and sticky when I got it. My handlebar bearings have gone bad on me (Ordering a new set from Amazon as I type this).

Awesome bike. I picked mine up for a yard sale for free. It was missing tires, back break pads, and tubes. The gears were out of wack, shifting only to the higher gears.
I put Big Kahuna tires on it, a new seat (The other one was torn and tattered, new brakes, and I ordered a new handle bar bearing set. The gears are finely tuned and lubed, and she roles like a dream. I consider this one of my finest accomplishments.
The bike is great for off road use; reasonably comfortable if your headset is good. For on road use, still awesome. So lightweight I can jump it as high (if not higher) then a 20" BMX bike.
My only qualms with this bike have to be the rear suspension... The only elastometers are terrible! If you get one with good elastometers, enjoy them while they last; they will harden up (or if you leave them in the sun, melt all over your paint job and make you sit there for hours with a rag and Brasso trying to get it off...) If you get one make sure you have a new shock near by to replace the rear suspension.
Plain and simple, don't buy this bike unless you're prepared to put some elbow grease into it.

Similar Products Used:

Novara Aribba-LT

[Sep 29, 2009]
BeeJ
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fast, comfortable, lightweight, and more. Style is nice although its quite old. It also handles well on really tight single track trails.

Weakness:

Fork, rear shock (elastomer)

Great bike for the price I got it for. Still rides great even without tuning it for more than 6 months while riding on hard trails. I've ridden it over 150+ miles and its still going strong.

Similar Products Used:

Proflex 757

[Jun 15, 2009]
mark calderon
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

nice comfort to ride going up hills you dont feel the road

Weakness:

trying to find a rear shock .i havent used the bike since me and my wife started haveing kids so i want to fix it up i havent had much luck finding a garvin rear shock any help

i nead to find a gervin rear shock for a 455 full suppension

[May 23, 2008]
TenorClef
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The frame appears to be chromoly so is fairly rust proof.

Weakness:

The elastomers for suspension are quite hard to get hold of and have a tendancy to go hard and need replacing.

This bike is a bit of a classic now. Probably approaching 12-14 years old. Most parts are upgradable minus the back suspension as far as i know, however i have heard that some have found clever ways to upgrade the back suspension. The front suspension is easy enough to upgrade from the old elastomer set up. As long as the frame stays solid i'll just keep updating the working parts. The basic design of the frame is quite classy and eye catching. Proflex has a bit of a cult following, it is a nice ride and the frame matarial has a lot of energy and strength to it. Mine is 14 years old and still going strong.

[May 07, 2003]
Ooga booga SHOOGA!!!!
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Um, ItS GreeN if You ConsIdeR DAT a StrEnth!!! Oh! And It IS kInd Of LiKe uh Byke, BuT iT sTILL sux LiKe A MonKEys GranDma/!

Weakness:

I aM so Mad I bUy sUcH a Byke You No? I wiSh I nIveR buY suCh A byke, BuT Ou WeL. Ya, It Sux LiKe JoE SHmOe's UnDerwEar. The FrOnt ShoX ArE so TerrIble I rOllEd Over A BanaNa WoNse And FeLL OFF! ThE ChaIn AlWAyS BrAke and Make ME AngRy I wAnt tO kIk IT! IT is So heaVy anD the FoaMie Rear SHoX SuCks More Than YoUr MonKies GraNdma.

ThIS ByKe iS So Bad IT makEs Me want To CrY!!! I Wish I nEvEr BoughT! WhY diD i SpenD 1000 on IT?! I wAnt a GooD bIkE you NO?
Oh BoY WhY mE whY me? I kNow JesuS luvs Me ANd ALL buT wHy ME?! huH? WHY ME?

SuPPoRtER oF CLUB WWJD- "WHO WANTS A JELLY DONUT?"



OwNeR oF CRuMMy PrOflEx ATTACK in HunTer GreeN. SuX You KnoW/ IT mAkE ME so MAD!!!

Similar Products Used:

Um, a RusTy MerrY-Go-Round. ThiS BiKe SuX!

[Dec 23, 1999]
Francis
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Super cheap!!
Sturdy bike

Weakness:

Looks dated these days
Brakes (STX canti's)

I've recently started mountain biking in the last six months, this is my second off roader, the first being a Diamondback Ascent, rigid bike. This one came up v. cheap secondhand, I think it's a '95 bike, (Proflex 555).Since I didn't want anything too sloppy (My strengths definitely in speed uphill and on the flat), the hard nature of the proflex's all Elastomer set up suits me fine - I ride this even faster than my rigid! Haven't tried it on the really rough stuff yet - where I hope it'll be less bucking bronco than the DB.

[May 11, 1999]
CHRIS
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

TIGHT SINGLETRACK, TECHNICAL SECTIONS
DOWNHILL

Weakness:

CLIMBING

FOR THE MONEY THAT I PAID FOR THIS BIKE IT IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE RIDDIN. I HAVE A 1998 PROFLEX 450 LT THAT I PAID $700.00 FOR AND PUT ABOUT 200 IN TO IT. IT HAS 5 INCHES OF TRAVEL FRONT AND REAR ALL MADE BY NOLEEN. NOLEEN HAS THEIR S--T TOGETHER. THE SUSPENSION IS A LITTLE MUCH FOR SOME TIGHT CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONS, BUT IN THE OPEN STUFF OR DOWNHILL SECTIONS THIS THING HANDLES GREAT. GREAT BIKE FOR THE MONEY. I GIVE IT 5 FLAMES.

[Sep 01, 1998]
Sadeeq
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

Well after only one week of owning this bike I've found that an update is necessary... First of all, the bike that I'm speaking about is the '97. Secondly, I think that the '98 and '99 are both too flashy for me. My bike is a plain metallic green... kinda hunter green. And it's perfect. I've riden mostly in and about the outskirts of town so far, and I am very pleased with it's performance... Especially when mounting and dismounting from sidewalks.The shifting is more smoothe that I expected, and the coasting is almost as fast as a medeocre road bike.I've had to add those extension thingyees for a little performance boost, and I the seat which was extremely uncomfortable had to go. It all ran me about $40.00 and I definitely think it was worth it.... Still a good deal....But not 5-star worthy.

[Aug 24, 1998]
Sadeeq
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I just tested this bile at the local store. It was the very last one, and they agreed to sell it to me for $763. Though I haven't actually taken it off roads, I tested it pretty well up and down the curbs of the sidewalks etc. I've also tested the Cannondales, which did feel a little more sure-footed, but were considerably more pricey. I think the Proflex Attack 455 would be a good deal for the money.

[May 12, 1998]
CHRIS SARLI
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I HAVE JUST RECENTLY BOUGHT A PROFLEX ATTACK LE. THIS THING RUNS LIKE A CHARM!! IT HAS ROCK SHOCK INDYS ON THE FRONT AND I INSTALLED A SPRING SHOCK ON THE REAR!! MY FRIENDS THINK I'M CRAZY ABOUT INVESTING IN A PROFLEX BUT IT'S HARD TO HEAR THEM WHEN THERE SO FAR BEHIND ME ON THE TRAIL!!

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