Pro-Flex was one of the first companies to offer a rear suspension bike. You couldn’t really call them full suspension – at least not the early ones – because they only had a flex stem up front.
Suspending the bike is different than suspending the bike.
This is a 1991 550 utilizing an elastomer “shock” in the rear end, and a Girvin Flex Stem in the front.
There’s nothing particularly special about this bike, but when I saw it, it reminded me that I used to see a woman riding around town on slightly newer Pro Flex. It’s kinda funny to see bikes that were made with serious off-roading in mind log heavy miles as commuters and grocery getters. And I always liked the look of these early bikes
They’re pretty popular amongst the VRC crowd, I think because of their pioneering of suspension, and for the attention grabbing looks of the later models with Girvin/Noleen Cross Link fork.
They were eventually bought out by K2 – makers of skis – and still exist, but just as very plain, inexpensive bikes. Whatever innovation that existed in the Pro-Flex/Girvin/Noleen days is long gone.