K2 Bike 1998 Proflex 2000 Full Suspension Bike

4.14/5 (7 Reviews)

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K2 1998 Proflex 2000

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vaikko a Cross Country Rider from Portland, ME, USA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2003

Strengths:    This bike is ultra durable. Been riding it for 3 years now without replacing anything but tires, break pads and cables. Also added clipless pedals. I have done nothing to the front fork and it still works great. Mangled the rims several times, but am still riding them after a visit to the truing stand.

Weaknesses:    Kind of a clunker at 30 lbs, but reliable. Brakes were hard to set up right, but they're fine after a few adjustments. Replaced panracer smoke and dart with wider 2.1 width tires. Fewer pinch flats and better ride and tracking in sand.

Bottom Line:   
A solid value.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   ediscountbike.com

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Ritchey pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DanK a Weekend Warrior from Union County, NJ

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2001

Strengths:    Durable, Front Suspension is key, Rear could use an upgrade or some tweaking, nice geometry, can take a beating

Weaknesses:    Components suck... STX across the board. Breaks are weak-major upset, derailleurs, etc need to be replaced.

Bottom Line:   
Good beginner bike. Takes whatever beating is dished. Kinda heavy, but overall excellent bike for price.

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Favorite Trail:   Chimney Rock - closest quality

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Skibarn

Similar Products Used:   Comparable Trek, Fisher, Cannon

Bike Setup:   Stock settings, friend has similar with XTR components, much improved.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andy a Weekend Warrior from pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2001

Strengths:    great xc bike, noleen fork, funky orange paint

Weaknesses:    NR1 shocks, xt v-brakes

Bottom Line:   
this was a great bike for the money (back in '98 was $1,000) now at $550.00 on the web it is an amazing price. the frame design is great for a FS XC. I had XT V-brakes which were the worst part (rattled, squeaked, & barely helped to stop)

I complained to K2 about the rear shock & they upgraded me to an NR2 with rebound adjustment, what a big difference. kudo's for their cust. serv.

the grease ports on the fork are a great idea.

overall the bike is a well designed bike for almost any terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   amer. standard - Jime Thorpe

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   sickler's

Similar Products Used:   proflex beast, cannondale

Bike Setup:   shorter stem, riser bars, moved seat waaay back (this helps move the rider back for better downhill performance), upgraded most components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glen Harrod a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2000

Strengths:    Good geometry, excellent front fork (tracks/responds well) very sticky in turns, excellent value for the $$. Unlike others, I really like the Panaracer tires.

Weaknesses:    Repeat from other posts: weight, tubes, saddle, stem too long. The Noleen NR1 shocks are marginal.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike you can get in the $500 range, bar none. It is an excellent performer, and once you tune in the geometry (stem length, angle, and seat height), it is excellent. It just weighs a lot. I am having a lot of problems with my NR1 on the rear. First of all, I really wish that I had upgraded to at least an NR2 with some dampening adjustment. Secondarily, after a few good descents, there is oil leaking from the shock, which is affecting the dampening. I have heard this can be a problem with the NR1's. Otherwise, you can't beat this bike, and I really like the cross link front fork!

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Favorite Trail:   Memorial park before they closed the best trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   ediscountbike.com

Similar Products Used:   This is an upgrade for me from a GF Big Sur hardtail, and I am familiar with the GF Sugar 4.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for a shorter stem and better saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2000

Strengths:    Price. Durability. Absolutely no problems with the major components. Maintenance is easy.

Weaknesses:    Components. Stx-rc. Horrible saddle. Bad tubes (busted both front and rear in less than a week).

Bottom Line:   
Great bike.

Couldn't beat the price.

After a year, this bike is still tops on my list. The weight could be a little lower (30 lbs.), but the bike rides and controls great.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $520.00

Purchased At:   Irvine bike source

Bike Setup:   Stock. Added downhill bar, Revolt ST, Koobi saddle. Slime-Light tubes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Webster, Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2000

Strengths:    Suspension, feel, components

Weaknesses:    Heavy-30 lbs.

Bottom Line:   
I have not had one problem with the suspension system on the bike. For the money, the bike has been a very good value.
I am trying to drop weight on the bike but I forsee dropping some big bucks for a new crank (STX to LX) and wheelset (SUN CR18/STX to M517/XT). This will probably run me $250 OR SO. The bike now weighs 30 lbs. I am hoping to drop to 28 lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   Hodges Village/Greenbriar Park, Oxford, Massachusetts

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   97 Proflex Reptile

Bike Setup:   Upgrades: LX V-brakes, bottom bracket (UN72), Gore cables, Specialized Body geometry seat

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Matt Allan a Cross-Country Rider from Calgary Canada

Date Reviewed: October 2, 1999

Its cheap
Its strong
It looks cool

The components on it suck. I find myself having to replace shitty parts esspecialy the brakes. I hate cantilevers.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is this is a great beginner bike. It was alot cheaper than something worth while. The frame is great but everything else sucks. The bottem line is if your interested in a full suspention bike but don't want to spend alot buy this one.

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Favorite Trail:   
powderface the full 26km

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

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