First thing to unlearn from road riding is the obsession with light weight. Yes, it is nice but you need to knock weight down a few spots on your list of priorities.I thought that could be the first upgrade was a longer travel fork with a lock out. Not sure the bike is still available to buy but I really liked the idea of a bike that light for the $$$
Interesting, yes.Really interesting bikes (especially the linkage fork), but at this point probably more valuable as a collector's piece than as a bike to actually hit the trails with.
Arguably a good frame/fork design 16-18 years ago, but a lot has improved since then.
This. Perfectly said and 100% the truth.I had a K2 Proflex 4000 for a while (K2 bought out Proflex in the late 90's and did another round of upgrades to the frame).
They are great bikes, nice and light, but they have a few issues. One issue is that the single pivot point isn't exactly over-engineered. Some people have come up with bearing conversions for them that fixes the eventual issues, but that seemed like a lot of work...
The bigger issue is that shocks sucked back then. The rear shock on mine blew out and there aren't many choices to replace or repair it. I did some cutting and grinding and managed to fit an RP23 on the back, which really helped out.
I actually really liked the Girvin fork on the front, but same issue--the damper sucks. I always thought it could be a nice modern fork with a modern air shock in there (like an RP23). When the factory shock started leaking i swapped on a normal Manitou fork and sold it.