PRO-FLEX PROJECT

PRO-FLEX PROJECT

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Here we go again, I will be doing another step by step process restoring a Pro-Flex 857 full suspension mountain bike but it isn't a true Pro-Flex 857, it's a Pro-Flex and here is what it looked like before I started the project.
 
If you are familiar with my previous builds you know my attention to detail and color scheme is second to none. Granted this is just my opening statement but by the end of this project my work will speak for itself. I will do my best to keep the cost down as well as the weight. I build and restore mountain bikes that are inexpensive and obscenely light weight. My company isn't named "Weight Weenies Inc." because I like the way it rolls off of your tong but rather I consider my self a doctor and I am here to help with your anorexic nervosa condition you and I have for mountain bikes. Lighter is better and the more weight I take off, the better you become. So follow me and see what happens next and just maybe I'll peek your curiosity and you'll want a custom Weight Weenies Inc. mountain bike.....   
 The frame is freshly media blasted using baking soda.


The front triangle w/ a metal flake practice coat because I wanted to see the effect that the grey primer undercoat would look. So I decided to paint the frame in a high gloss black primer which I will sand down a bit in certain areas.
                          The rear triangle w/ no paint
                                               Bonus View
The front triangle will be painted in a beautiful Dark Blue w/ a heavy amount of Light and Dark Blue Metal Flake while the rear triangle will be sprayed with a color shifting White Pearl Metal Flake. I will be adding Yellow decals and mostly White and Yellow components. 

Here are a few pictures of the frame freshly painted/primed in the high gloss black I was talking about earlier.
 
 

 




Most of the components will either be made from KORE, SYNCROS or FSA. I am leaning towards KORE only because it's an all-in-one shopping spree. As for drivetrain I'm a Sram guy but to keep the costs down I'm thinking of a combo Sram/Kore/FSA setup but we are really early into the build so many items are NOT set in stone...

Here are parts that I have stocked piled for this project so you be the judge.
Here's a KORE Saddle with a wonderful looking BLUE anodized frame support. How neat would that look with the bikes BLUE scheme!
Again, KORE does it once more with a BLUE anodized seat post. A must have if you want the ultimate in attention to detail.
Need I say more? I will though with these Ano-BLUE Ti skewers.
I want these but they are KORES version of a cycle cross crank set so finding the right gearing could be a problem.


Titanium Square Taper Bottom Bracket 68/117.5 mm BLUE

 
 TITANIUM MACHINE TECH FRONT AND REAR HUBSETANO-BLUE

 
KORE BLACK grips with Ano-BLUE aluminum Lock-On end caps.

This WHITE KORE headset will look amazing when pressed into the BLUE frame.
The BLUE aluminum KORE spacers will separate the WHITE KORE headset from the WHITE KORE aluminum stem.
Following my attention to detail the BLUE KORE aluminum handle bar will look fantastic when installed on the WHITE KORE stem and the WHITE KORE levers will give you the stopping power you'll need blazing down the sketchiness of trails.
Again, another bike part from the cycle cross world but if they are enough to stop a 25 to 30 pound cycle cross bike. I see no problems these WHITE KORE cantilever brakes stopping an aggressive mountain bike rider.
 
 You can't beat this WHITE KORE aluminum stem! In some cases aluminum can be lighter than carbon fiber and this is one of those cases. Plus it looks bitchin!
Here is my secret weapon for keeping all of my Weight Weenies Inc. creations under the 2o pound mark. It's a BLUE aluminum bolt kit and it is a MUST to loose those precious pounds off of the total weight of the bike!
 
Lastly I'll be putting a NOS ROCK SHOX JUDY XLC DUAL CROWN LONG TRAVEL shock on the Pro-Flex project. It is brand spanking new and the best part is it's YELLOW which will go nicely with the color scheme!
Granted this isn't the exact fork that I have because it is at my friends bike shop. He is one of my best friends in the world and to give him a free plug his stores name is "Ricks Cycle Shop" 716-852-6838 in Buffalo New York. His store has been in biz since 1902 making it the oldest running cycle shop in the United States!
Thanks Tom for all that you do for me!!
KENDA K850 MOUNTAIN BIKE XC TIRE, 26x1.95 IN BLUE

Freshly painted and ready for a light sanding before applying a thin coat of clear then after that dries I will apply the decals. The rear triangle will have to wait till this weekend because I noticed that the WHITE PEARL metal flake I ordered isn't a micro-flake so it won't shoot through the gun nozzle. That was a huge mistake I made. I was truly hoping that I would be able to finish paint the frame today and applying the decals this evening.
NICE LOOKING SO FAR...
HEADTUBE BADGE
A WONDERFUL SIDE PROFILE VIEW.
A LOOK AT MY WEIGHT WEENIES INC. DECAL THAT GOES ON ALL OF MY CUSTOM BIKES. NONE ARE THE SAME SO IT STATES IT'S A ONE OF ONE.
ONE LAST VIEW TO KEEP YOUR JUICIES FLOWING
 
THE BIKE IS NO WHERE NEAR FINISHED BUT I HAVE IT MOCKED UP SO I CAN GET AN IDEA WHERE THE BIKE IS GOING COLOR SCHEME WISE. I'M THINKING ABOUT PAINTING THE REAR TRIANGLE AS THE SAME COLOR AS THE FRAME BUT ON THE LOWER TRIANGLE STAYS I AM GOING TO LEAVE THEM WHITE BECAUSE I WANT A SPLASH OF WHITE LEFT ON THE BIKE TO TIE IT WITH THE WHITE COMPONENTS THAT ARE GOING ON IT. TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF AND EMAIL ME TO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF MY IDEA.
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ONCE AGAIN YOU CAN SEE WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS PROJECT. THIS BIKE IS MORE THAN LIKELY NOT GOING UP FOR SALE. I SEE A TON OF PRO-FLEX'S FOR SALE AND THE AMOUNT THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING ISN'T MUCH AT ALL AND THAT'S FOR ONES THAT ARE ALL STOCK AND IN MINT CONDITION. THE ONLY WAY THAT I COULD MAKE A PROFIT WITH THIS BIKE IS SOMEONE SEEING THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL THAT I PUT INTO IT AND ADDING UP TO DATE COMPONENTS WHICH WILL BE ALL BRAND NEW. AS WITH ALL OF MY VINTAGE BIKES THAT I RESTORE OR THE SUB-20 POUND CUSTOM CARBON FIBER BUILDS NO ONE WILL HAVE ONE LIKE IT! GOSH, I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!