Proflex 957 Bike Bike 1998 or Older

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Proflex 957 Bike

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[Oct 14, 2008]
tink fan
Cross Country Rider

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5

I bought this bike back in 1997. It was called the off the shelf racer and a cherry pickens because of it's high quality. I agree, mostly. It was great for racing, excellent hill climber, and downhill. I did have problems with the rear shock breaking and had it returned several times. I have a good one now. The first two deraileurs had to be returned because of weak springs. The third one was good until last year. I changed out the front fork/shock to a softer Rock Shox because of the stiffness. I think the Girvin fork/Noleen shock is better suited for the larger person, not for small people like myself. I'm still riding on everything else. I don't think this bike will ever need to be retired from riding but someday I'll just set it aside just for display, because I still think it's the most attractive looking bike I've ever seen. I gave the rating to the bike, Proflex, and Girvin, not K2.

[Jun 25, 2001]
Eric
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light and string. I have had no problems aside from a blown rear shock that K2 rebuilt for 70.00 to 2000 specs. Climbs like a champ.

Weakness:

noleen shock, needs sealed bearing pivots instead of the rubber bushing thing.

I keep thinking of getting a Santa Cruz Superlight, and then I think......Why?

[Sep 22, 1998]
scott
racer

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4
VALUE
RATING

My first question is, has anyone actually weighed their bikes? I bought my 957 in June 1997, (my second Proflex), as a frame and fork only. I outfitted it with full XTR components, Crossland then later Crossmax wheelset, WTB seat, Scott carbon handlebars, Ritchey stem, Ultimate ti seatpost, and Corratec ti pedals. It is a large size frame and just barely breaks the the 25 lb mark. Oh well, except for the two blown rear shocks, and one in the front, I have loved the over 2800 miles I have put on the bike. I race Vet Sport and ride just for fun alot too, and the bike is comfortable and capable. I am confused why Proflex, now K2, keeps changing their designs so often (including those hideous carbon monsters) but I hope mine lasts a few more years.Kudos to the company for replacing the shocks in a timely fashion but shame on them for letting it happen in the first place.Happy trails!

[Sep 05, 2000]
Jeremy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

with a few upgrades I have my 957 down to 24 pounds
Cool color and finish. I have great faith in proflex bikes I have ridden and raced them since 1992

Weakness:

I would rather have a different front shock and I plan to upgrade soon.

Great bike I love it. too bad the Proflex name is gone.

Similar Products Used:

proflex 657-656-952 and 550

[Jan 29, 1999]
John
cross-country rider

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4
VALUE
RATING

I just had my Cannondale F 900 stolen, and had to replace it. Found a great deal on the 957 and bought it. $600! Well, it was used, but not too much.This is a vastly superior bike to the F 900. It really performs well in the turns. Climbs fairly well for a full suspension. Complaints:
•both the front and rear shocks damping don't seem to work. I have yet to refer to the K2 site, or determine if they are blown.
•front shock is really noisy on big hits (wap! wap! wap!)
•rear suspension throws me out of the seat on big hits as the coil spring expands back to its resting size. (see damping above)Otherwise, this is fine bike. I would highly recommend it.

[Sep 02, 1998]
carlos
cross-country rider

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING

I´ve been riding mtb for years now, in all kind of bikes, but my 957 it´s the best I´ve ever ridden, I only change tho whole drivetrain with XTR, and I was about to marry the bike, until the rear shock started leaking, now I´m really mad, becuuse before I purchased the bike, I never read an article in any magazine regarding the poor qualty of it! It only worked fine the first couple of rides. Now I stuck with a very expensive piece of junk (no P.F. dealers around here)Result: great frame + great drivetrain + terrible shock = terrible bike!

[Aug 07, 1998]
stewart mccracken
cross-country rider

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

What a bike!, looks f***in great, work of art for the swingarm is right. I've got a pair of Pace RC 36 (coil/oil)forks which match perfectly with the NR-4 in terms of performance. The forks have carbon fibre legs which looks pretty amazing in combo with the swingarm.
Wait a minute though, the best thing about this bike is the ride!, my first full sus bike and I doubt if I'll have another hard tail.

[Jun 24, 1998]
Rob Quarrato
cross-country rider

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5
VALUE
RATING

I was extremely skeptical about purchasing my ProFlex but after I did I knew I had done the right thing. It's awesome on the down hills and because it's only 23.5lbs it's easy to manuever on the technical stuff. However, I was disappointed with the the fact that I sheared the bolts on the inner chain ring for my climbing gears. The carbon fiber forks and swing arm suspensions provide plenty of travel for that killer down hill run. I must say it took a while to get used to the full suspension but after you get used to it you'll say I'll never ride a hard tail ever again!! Over all, it's an awesome full sespension bike!!!

[May 30, 1998]
BOB
cross-country rider

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5
VALUE
RATING

Switched out the pedals (not enough float for my bad knees), tires (I'm a Smoke/Dart fan)and the seat (I've had a flite since 90' that fits my butt well). All components are working great on the wet and muddy trails we have around here now. The bike is ridden in very rough and technical terrain. The bike's lightweight (23.5 lbs) is very apparent, especially on climbs. The closeout prices makes this rig very competitive. K2 has a great website to help with the technical set-up.

[Jan 04, 1998]
Nod
cross-country rider

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1
VALUE
RATING

the 957 proflex has one major flaw, the noleen shocks. I'm over 50 yrs old so i don't jump off of things. the bottom line is that i've blown out 10 shocks front and rear in only 8 months. I haven't even had a chance to determine if the frame can holdup. I'm not alone with this, other riders have shared horror stories with me. Perhaps its time that we were not treated as guinea pigs, but rather had tested durable products to ride...

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