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    Flux 3.0 Build Thread

    This forum needs one!

    I just plunked down on a replacement for my 2009 Flux.

    There's got to be others out there to get the ball rolling.

    Pics to come!
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    What a fun bike. I bought this mostly for my son, who'll race it in the SoCal High School league the next couple of years. He really likes it -- he's faster, handling tech stuff better, and his back doesn't hurt any more.

    I stole it for a couple of local rides -- the pictures are from the end of the Brown Mt. trail last weekend -- and it surprised me how well it handles our trails. I sliced minutes off a couple long climbs -- it pedals very efficiently. It didn't slow me down on the slice and dice descents either. Stable, precise, really nice.

    Here's the current spec, reusing parts off his old bike:

    Frame Size & Color: Large, Raw
    Rear Shock: Fox CTD, no Kashima
    Fork: Fox 32 Float CTD, 120 mm
    Brakes: Avid Elixir
    Shifters: SRAM X9 9-speed
    Cranks: SRAM X7
    Chainguide: None
    Front Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Pedals: Time ATAC usually -- Shimano PD A530s drilled and pinned in the pix
    Stem: Truvative Stylo 60mm
    Handlebar: Truvative Stylo
    Seatpost: Banshee take-off
    Saddle: Felt
    Bottom Bracket: GXP
    Chainring: 22, 32, 44, mix of SRAM and Shimano
    Cassette: SRAM 980, 11-34
    Headset: Cane Creek 40
    Grips: SoCal colors!
    Front Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph, 2.2
    Front Rim: Stan's Arch
    Front Hub: DT Swiss, 15QR
    Rear Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph, 2.2
    Rear Rim: Stan's Arch
    Rear Hub: DT Swiss, 142X12

    Weight: ???

    Future changes: We'll be replacing stuff that breaks, like the rings. Might go from 9 to 10 speed at some point, but we'll keep the triple.

    Nice bike DT!!!

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    Flux 3.0 Build Thread

    Here's what I got thus far.

    XL frame. Polished

    Fox talas 34

    Chris King black inset

    Chris king black hubs

    Hope Evo M4 brakes. Black

    Stan's crest rims. Black

    Reusing parts off my current flux: Thomson x4 stem , carbon bars, xo shifters, derailleurs and race face cranks, chris king bottom bracket. black.


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    Dang need some sunglasses!! Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheatgerm View Post
    Dang need some sunglasses!! Looks great!
    Oops. Looks like the I got V4, not M4 brakes. Hope these things arent overkill!

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    That polished aluminum is wicked! Can't wait to see the final build on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southacres View Post
    That polished aluminum is wicked! Can't wait to see the final build on it.
    Thanks. I'm hoping to build something that spans the gap between my current Flux and Foes FXR.

    I'm selling both bikes and building this thing to be my "one bike." Atleast for the time being.
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    I'm subscribed... this bike is going to be beautiful.

    I'm still on a 2008 TNT Flux, which remains one of the best bikes I've ridden and owned. However, Outerbike sold me on the need for a 27.5 120mm trailbike.

    It'll go down to the wire between the Flux and the 5010C. I wish the stays were a hair shorter on the Turner, as the 5010C was a bit more playful. That said, I'm sold on the DW link and can't say enough about Turner CS and quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWfreeride View Post
    I'm subscribed... this bike is going to be beautiful.

    I'm still on a 2008 TNT Flux, which remains one of the best bikes I've ridden and owned. However, Outerbike sold me on the need for a 27.5 120mm trailbike.

    It'll go down to the wire between the Flux and the 5010C. I wish the stays were a hair shorter on the Turner, as the 5010C was a bit more playful. That said, I'm sold on the DW link and can't say enough about Turner CS and quality.
    yah, the Solo looks like a great bike. That's sort of what I'm shooting for - just out of DW and aluminum!
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    NWfreeride---one plus to the Turner Flux is the external bottom bracket. I also have a 2008 Turner Flux (TNT suspension) and put a Chris King bottom bracket in it that's so easy to service with all the rain/mud in WA. I love my bike, but, I too, am looking at some larger wheels.

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    That shiny frame looks goooood, how did you get that sparky look?

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    Subscribed. Glad this thread is starting to pick up steam.
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    Nice!!! You won't be disappointed. And a 34 fork? Not a bad choice, 32's have always been a bit flexy.

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    Flux 3.0 Build Thread

    Yah, 34. Not yet sure of final travel configuration on it. I might modify it to be 120-140. Or I might leave it stock.

    Fox says modifying the travel is easy peasy.
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    [QUOTE=ajax247;10836190]
    Weight: ???

    Can't wait on the weight. What's it weigh?

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    Subscribing.

    IHB - Looks good. Probably won't need that sticky TALAS. 120 or 130 on the 34 chassis sound like a good A-C height. Looking forward to the final build and photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LncNuvue View Post
    Subscribing.

    IHB - Looks good. Probably won't need that sticky TALAS. 120 or 130 on the 34 chassis sound like a good A-C height. Looking forward to the final build and photos.
    I just couldnt decide which fork to get, so atleast this way I can test all the different travel options out. If I decide on one, I can convert the fork to a float - at the travel I like.

    Or maybe I'll like the talas, who knows?

    And hopefully this info will help other Flux owners. Would love to see more Flux 3.0 builds!
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    nice build so far....I've been eyeballing the V3............drive-train?

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    I am a Belgian rider. Here is my third Flux (after the 2005 HL & 2009 DW Link...) that I received by the end of september.

    Frame Size & Color: Large, Raw
    Rear Shock: Fox CTD, with Kashima
    Fork: Fox 32 Float CTD, 120 mm
    Brakes: Shimano XT 160
    Shifters: SRAM Gripshift X0 9-speed
    Cranks: Race Face Next (triple with inner & medium rings from Rotor)
    Front Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
    Pedals: Crankbro' Eggbeater
    Stem: Race Face Turbine 90mm
    Handlebar: Race Face Next Rizer
    Seatpost: Race Face Next
    Saddle: WTB Devo
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT
    Cassette: SRAM 980, 11-34
    Headset: Cane Creek 40
    Grips: Lizard Skins Lock-on shorty
    Tires: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.1
    Rims: Stan's Arch EX
    Hubs: Hope Pro red adonized
    Weight: 25.8 lb (with pedals)

    Future changes: probably 1x10 speed.

    In a few words: IN-CRE-DI-BLE! This new Flux is far beyond the (both) previous models that I owned.
    This new Flux is more stiffer, nervous and fast than the former ones. It has a better pedaling response too: while riding in the uphill sections (in the wood but also on the roads) I said to myself: waow, DT just created the first bike with electric assistance... wich works without any electric assistance.
    In the downhill, this Flux marries the best of the 2005 model (the stability) and the 2009 model (wich was very nimble). Its lenghtened wheelbase, its 27.5 wheels and its 120 mm suspensions make it a better descender.
    In brief, Turner did not simply put wheels of 27.5 on the former Flux, but he took advantage of this change of size of wheels to improve completly the functioning of the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    In the downhill, this Flux marries the best of the 2005 model (the stability) and the 2009 model (wich was very nimble). Its lenghtened wheelbase, its 27.5 wheels and its 120 mm suspensions make it a better descender.
    Nice looking Flux! Have you measured the wheelbase on your large? The 46" listed on the website seems incredibly long.

    I had an '05 and a '10 as well, two of the most fun (and fastest!) bikes I've owned. Would love to swing a leg over this latest version, but on paper it looks like it might give up a bit too much (for me) nimbleness to the earlier versions.

    Obviously some of that is unavoidable with bigger wheels, more travel, and slacker angles; and of course a certain degree is probably even desirable for many riders. It just seems like there could be "too much of a good thing" going on in this case, at least for what I'd want a Flux to do.
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    Dude - going to be a beaut, for sure. The polished is awesome. Very tempting upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac View Post
    Dude - going to be a beaut, for sure. The polished is awesome. Very tempting upgrade.
    Update on the Fox Talas 34!

    If you guys want to do this - you should really buy a 2014 model, not a 2013 - like I did!

    The sales guy at Fox was confused. But thankfully they are taking care of me.

    If you buy the 2014 Talas, you can make a simple change to detune it to 120/140.

    If you buy the 2013, you have to replace the whole Talas system.

    I'll have more details when the kit ships.
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    Flux 3.0 Build Thread

    Slowest build thread ever...that Obamacare site will probably be working before we see your Flux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Castigador View Post
    Slowest build thread ever...that Obamacare site will probably be working before we see your Flux.
    That's why it's called a build "thread," and not a build "post!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Castigador View Post
    Slowest build thread ever...that Obamacare site will probably be working before we see your Flux.
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