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I have the chance to purchase a 1998 Proflex Beast that is basically brand new.
Do you think this would be a good purchase?

Thank you for your time
 

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is this it?



the bike, parts, forks, shock, etc etc are all outdated. Unlikely you can get parts (I'm guessing here) No disc brakes (a must on a DH/FR bike).

You can do a whole lot better out there, but 1st define your needs, then choose the ride. don't buy any bike because it's a deal, if it doesn't work or fit your needs.

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depends on what youre gonna do. i dont know much about that bike but you may not be able to find parts for it. I'd say, stay away unless youre just gonna pay $50 and ride it around the block pulling your toddler in a trailer.

if youre gonna get into MTBs, get a brand new, entry level bike ($500) that shares the same frame as the high end offerings so that, hopefully, when you stick with it and want to upgrade your parts, you already have a sweet frame. but if you get a cheap bike that also uses a cheap frame, well then you'll always have a cheap bike and if you stay in mountain bikes and want to upgrade, you'll have to buy a whole new bike.
but, whatever you do, just get a bike and ride !

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I say get it! I mean come on - how could one resist the ever-enticing allure of that yummy yellow with luscious leopard-spot paintjob? How could one resist telling their friends at the quilting club that they ride a beast! Lol! :D Actually, I’m with the other people who have posted. Only get it if: 1) You pay less than $50; 2) You only intend to use it indoors as a stationary trainer. The beast was a piece of crap in 1980, and, miraculously, it’s a piece of crap now. Heed the advice of your fellow forum friends and hold on to your cash.
 

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I'd skip it unless you get it cheap, even then you should save your $$$ and get something else, but thats me.
 

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Move along...

don't bother wasting any money on this. The biggest reason being you cannot replace the shock with anything other than the crappy Noleen, read proprietary equipement. Save your money, K2's are crap.
 

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ilikepinkbikes said:
K2s are only crap if they come with crapy parts, ya that bike is a peice of **** but my brass moneky is pretty nice
Ok let me re-phrase that...K2 Full Suspension Bikes are Crap!

Yeah that's better.
 

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K2 Beast

Hi,

I own a K2 Beast ('97 model) which had a list price of $1800. They were miles ahead of the competition in their day, period. The '98 Beast has V- brakes vs. the hydraulic Magura's mine has. This is definitely a step backwards.... ANY bike pre 2000 won't have the ISO disc brake forks nor swingarm to fit todays hydraulic brake systems.... That was my reason to buy a new 2004 bike this past year. I have rode the heck out of my '97 Beast and enjoyed it greatly. It's all about how much you intend to ride it & how much you intend to spend. I have over $2000 in my newest bike, but I do ride it everyother day, year-round.... It's a cheap hobby for me, considering how much time I spend riding it. Go for it if it's below $400, otherwise go for something 2004 during the year-end-clearance sales alot of places are offering right now...

Thanks for reading my honest reply to your post.
 

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The bike is outdated, but it is worth WAY more than $50. I agree with the poster above. If you can get it for under $400, it'll probably be much better than any new bike you can get for that kind of money. So I guess it depends on what your budget is.

By the way...on CraigsList about a month ago, I saw a like new K2 Animal for sale. Somebody was saying "if you're into extreme downhilling, this is your bike" or something like that. They said it was $6000 new, and they'd sell it for "only $3500".

Yup...still kicking myself for not jumping on that deal :rolleyes:
 

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Killer B said:
Hi,

I own a K2 Beast ('97 model) which had a list price of $1800. They were miles ahead of the competition in their day, period. The '98 Beast has V- brakes vs. the hydraulic Magura's mine has. This is definitely a step backwards.... ANY bike pre 2000 won't have the ISO disc brake forks nor swingarm to fit todays hydraulic brake systems.... That was my reason to buy a new 2004 bike this past year. I have rode the heck out of my '97 Beast and enjoyed it greatly. It's all about how much you intend to ride it & how much you intend to spend. I have over $2000 in my newest bike, but I do ride it everyother day, year-round.... It's a cheap hobby for me, considering how much time I spend riding it. Go for it if it's below $400, otherwise go for something 2004 during the year-end-clearance sales alot of places are offering right now...

Thanks for reading my honest reply to your post.
First let me be the first to congradulate you on using the most annoying font and font size I've ever come across.

Second, the pre 2000 Evo frame had holes drilled on the swingarm so you could add on a disc mount tab which you could order direct from K2. My 99 Flying Monkey had discs on it.

However, whether K2's could have discs or not does not change the fact that the bike is outdated and should be left to collectors and not anyone interested in riding.
 

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add-on adaptor tabs for rear swingarm assy. on Pre '02 K2's

Yeah, you can add $50 /each for those tabs, bringing the cost of the bike up another $100. Duh...

Thanks for the congrats BTW.


The K2 Animal series were only $100 more MSRP than the Beast's which sold for $1800. That Seller was trying to rip everyone off. I own a Beast remember, I know a little bit about them & their history.....
 

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If the shock goes TU, then your SOL. theres nothing you can replace it with and K2 no longer services Nollen shocks. Noleen is still around in the moto world, and i think clark still does some sort of service on some noleen shocks. Search the web, but dont go to www-noleen-com (unless you like uncloseable porn popups)
 

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I'm a [email protected] who hasn't learned the subtlety of posting ethics.
$50.00 for the adapter?? Where do you live Alaska? I got mine for about $20.00 from REI.

But anyhow, like I said the bike is a POS. Even if it were free and came with the adapter, I wouldn't ride it. I made that mistake already. I've had 2 different K2/ProFlex bikes, both of which are crap by todays standards.
 

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red5 said:
I'm a [email protected] who thinks he knows it all, but in reality I'm actually pretty ignorant, and ride a bicycle that's so heavy I can't even pedal it up a little hill....
Opinions are like a butt, everyone's got one. The sad part for you is that your's stinks. Maybe you'll grow up a little some day.... Just remember what goes around comes around & when you bash someone for their post, well you pretty much open the door for your own bashing....
 

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no bashing

Killer B said:
Opinions are like a butt, everyone's got one. The sad part for you is that your's stinks. Maybe you'll grow up a little some day.... Just remember what goes around comes around & when you bash someone for their post, well you pretty much open the door for your own bashing....
just honesty. K2 bikes are crap. Sorry if honesty bothers you, but I prefer too tell the truth and the truth in this matter is the bike is worth nothing.
 

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red5 said:
just honesty. K2 bikes are crap. Sorry if honesty bothers you, but I prefer too tell the truth and the truth in this matter is the bike is worth nothing.
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Like I said, that's your opinion. Thousand's of K2 owners (like myself) will disagree. I have a 1997 ProFlex Beast ( pre-K2 ) and also a 1999 K2 Flyin' Monkey. Both have Magura hydraulic brakes from the factory (unheard of in their day except few a few elite bikes) and are still great bikes for their age. They costed more back then than your BigHit does today. Not everyone is a fan of Specialized to be honest, although I almost bought an '04 Enduro instead of my Haro Xtreme. Some people don't like Haro's either. I really don't care who likes my stuff, it's mine and as long as I like it, then that's all that matters to me. I used to own a 4Runner like you (mine was a '90), but IMO they can't compare to my new Xterra 4x4. See how you have to compare oranges to oranges? My 4Runner was a great 4x4 "in its day", but lags behind in todays world....

Later
 

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Well...
I had a 99-00? K2 EVO and beside that how ugly the bike was it took everything w/o a word . But anyway i agree about saving some cash and get a newest bike...
 
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