Turner Flux DW-Link XC Full Suspension

4.83/5 (29 Reviews)
MSRP : $1421.99

Product Description

The Flux is a 100mm travel cross country bike carrying the great tradition of Turner handling, uncompromised quality and now dw-link efficiency. For 2012 the bar has been raised with cross country specific pivot and frame design. All of the dw-link locations have been optimized resulting in snappy acceleration with uninhibited suspension travel. A bike of this caliber has the perfect combination of ergonomic fit and suspension geometry that will inspire you to make this bike fly! The Flux?s uncompromised design makes this bike perfect for hammering out epic adventures or breathing your lungs out on the race course.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by drjos a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2015

Strengths:    Near perfect execution of a mountain bike. Everything form the bearings to the cable routing to the location of the seatpost clamp slit is idea. Not a single thing do I question why it was done that way.

Weaknesses:    No internal dropper post routing, at least in the 3.0 version.

Bottom Line:   
This is for the Flux 3.0 with 27.5 wheels and 120mm travel.

I wanted an agile bike that climbed well and was low maintenance. I got so much more. This bike does everything well. On my tight local trails it is nimble, but on more gravity oriented trails it still feels stable. Adding a dropper has made this a real blast downhill and has inspired me to up my skills to keep up with the bike.

I super appreciate the details of this bike. The grease injected journal bearings, the threaded cable guides in single and double sided flavors, water bottle mounts, availability of offset shock mounts, and online parts sales from their Web site.

Looking forward to years of riding the Flux.

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Favorite Trail:   Port Gamble, WA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Private seller, but

Similar Products Used:   Turner XCE, Yeti 757, Ventana El Saltamontes.

Bike Setup:   Large Flux 3.0, Anno Blue
Fox CTD Kashima
RS Revelation RCT3 120
XT Drive train and brakes, 1x10 using WolfToosth 30t chainring and 42t cog plus OneUp Radr
KS Lev ti with WTB Volt
Easton 35 carbon bars + stem
Easton Vice XLT wheels and Schwalbe Nic/Hans

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harry Ryan

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2015

Strengths:    the first bike I have felt like I was riding "in" not "on"!!!! the dw link is great and when standing climbing I feel no loss of power. The bike wants to turn and has super handling..the shorter stem and longer bars take some getting used to but when you do, look out. I am 64 and with this bike I feel I am only going to get faster at this ripe old age. Bike with xt build with pedal and computer is 27# even....thank you Dave Turner and Eric for helping me get the correct setup on the shock and fork........ride on

Weaknesses:    NA

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike!!! been riding Giant Anthems since 07 and Fisher sugar before that...they are good bike and no complaints but this Flux feels like I went to the factory was measured and it was built
JUST FOR ME!!!!!! You can buy it lighter but this set up is awesome. XT from the factory and the brakes are killer.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MikeDeee

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2014

Strengths:    Climbing, descending, sigletrack and technical trails. American made and designed

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
This is for a Flux 3.0. I wrote the review in the new 27.5 section, but adding it here:

I own a 4-bar 2008, 26'er Flux, and just replaced it with the Flux 27.5. The bike feels similar to my old Flux, but does everything better. Everything.
I was worried that my new flux would be tougher to muscle through switchbacks because it has a longer wheelbase, and I was worried the front end would slide on the uphill switchbacks because of the slacker head angle. Not the case at all. I am just grinning at the ease of carving down, and dicing up, switchbacks vs. my old Flux.And, my old flux was a great climber and very nimble.
Climbing is amazing. The larger wheels combined with the DW/Fox suspension allows me to just roll up and over stuff I usually pick my way around. I am just faster on the new Flux.
Descending is very familiar feeling, and my Flux allows me to feel comfortable railing turns, leaned over and committed. The suspension tracks and the frame is stiff. I have the TALAS fork, and the 140mm is awesome for descents. I do climb in the 120 length, however.
I have the XL, anodized frame. I have the Turner XT kit, with Enve XC wheels upgrade.
I am 6'2", 175lbs. The bike fits me well and I like having the TALAS to bring the hand position up. THe kit comes with a flat Thomson bar and 0 degree rise, 80mm Thomson stem. If I did not have the TALAS, I would probably fly a riser bar or 10 degree stem, because I have long legs that would leave me with a 3" drop from saddle to stem. But, with the TALAS, I have a reasonable drop, and can lower the front for the extended climbs. I took about 3/4" off each end of the bar and may take some more off, and go to a 100mm stem, since the new style of super-wide bars is just not for me. The bar is 720mm stock. It is a trend that I am not totally down with. But, I am going to try it the way Dave and crew spec it.
I did not have a chance to demo the bike because no local shops stock it. But I decided to trust that Dave Turner created a better version of my beloved Flux, and bought it on faith.
Lastly, this bike was not only designed in the USA, but also welded by men and women in the USA. It matters to me that in the creation of my machine, a wage was earned in the USA. I would love a carbon Turner, and one day I might get one. But I was able to get an XL, aluminum, hand-made, sexy-welds frame that weighs a hair over 6 lbs. 6. Many/most? XL carbon frames weigh almost as much or more. AND, I don't have to sweat every frickin' time I raise a wrench to it on the trail, fearing the dreaded carbon crack of over-tightening.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2013

Strengths:    Light but very strong frame. DW link handles very well on most trail terrain. Climbs great and was very easy to feel confident with what it can handle. Small hops and jumps were no problem. Lots of detail and planning on this bike and it shows.

Weaknesses:    Coming from bigger bikes I felt the wideness of the handlebars took some time getting use to, but other than that, I couldn't find anything wrong at all.

Bottom Line:   
I rode this at a demo day recently and I am switching from a downhill bike, so I wanted to see how a lighter trail bike feels. What I like most about this bike was the suspension and responsiveness which climbs really well but can handle hits like bikes with more travel very well. I never rode a Turner bike before and definitely has caught my attention as I'm looking for a trail bike. Also it's made in the USA which is good too.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2013

Strengths:    This bike climbs like a mountain goat and descends like a bike with much more travel! The DW link is the best suspension system I have ridden. The rear triangle, 44 head tube and 142x12 rear axle make this bike so solid of a performer on single track and rough terrain I come home from a ride impressed every-time.....

Weaknesses:    None! If you plan to build this bike to race be careful of parts selection...it will end up on the high end of 25 pounds. If you use XC selection it will be mid 24.

Bottom Line:   
The Flux is a solid performer offering great climbing, descending and razor sharp handling in tight / rough single struck. The Flux has 4"of travel, but rides and handles like a bike with much more. The more I ride this bike the more I enjoy and look forward to the next ride! I purchased the frame directly from Turner in October 2012 with a Fox 120 mm fork and I built it up with XTR shifters and drivetrain, Mavic Crossmax ST wheel set and Avid XO brakes. If you are looking for a bike that is solid, great suspension and a top performer this is your choice,

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Duration Product Used:   3months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Town Cycle, New Jers

Bike Setup:   XTR drive train, shifters, Avid XO brakes, Mavic Crossmax ST wheel set, Race face 90 mm stem, Easton Carbon bar and Flight saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fachiro1

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2012

Strengths:    Quality hardware, beautiful craftsmanship/welds, rear end stiffness, suspension action, Turner customer service

Weaknesses:    Trouble with Formula brakes but not a Turner related issue

Bottom Line:   
Was looking for a solid and quality build full suspension frame for XC all around MTB usuage. Due to my advancing years, I decided to rule out the DH/free ride oriented rigs of my 20 year ago bike days. I did at one time own an RFX (1997-98!?!?) and have always admired DT and his products, but in the 90s I was a die hard Foes fan. Fast forward to 2012. I am fortunate to be able to pick up this 2010 Turner Flux. It is excellent in just about every way. I did have issue with Formula rx brake squeal and misalignment, but that was probably due to poor installation/adjustment which has been currently rectified. The bike is just plain fantastic and fun to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Back in the day.. Chino Hills

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Similar Products Used:   RFX, lts16, blur lt, weasel

Bike Setup:   Fox 120 rlc, XT drive train with SRAM ft der., formula rx brakes, Thompson stem 110mm 0 degree rise, Easton seat post, Kendal nev 2.35 ft, 2.1 rr

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2012

Strengths:    Great climber. Great descender. Superb frame - very stiff, sorted geometry. Very comfortable to ride. Excellent suspension, really feels like it has way more than 110mm. Fast, fast, fast. Good in bed. Fun, fun, fun. Relatively light, yet feels like a solid, dependable beast. A bit too heavy for some, but rides like a bike weighing pounds less. Corners on rails, fast and twitch when needed, dependably solid and true when needed. It's basically not just a jack of all trades, it's a master of most of them too!

Weaknesses:    Really having to try hard here. Agree that the cable routing and the hack on the front derailleur aren't ideal (though the former has improved considerably since the first DW-Link one in 2009. Fact is though that it all works just fine, so nothing more than cosmetic and one for the anally retentive to get worked up about. So the only thing I can maybe fault, is that with the lower bottom bracket (12"8) you are susceptible to pedal strike. The trail that I was on was very rocky, very eroded, very steep and - above all - very narrow. The others were getting strikes as well, but it was worse for me (see below). That said despite the fact that my feet kept getting kicked off the pedals, I was still keeping up with much bigger bikes.

Bottom Line:   
This is a rock solid, very fast bike, that is capable of handling terrain way more demanding than you would be led to believe. It's suspension works flawlessly, absorbing the hits and equally at home on chatter as it is in rock gardens, roots and rubble. It climbs superbly and has a confident planted feel on the downhills. In fairness it's not a 170mm enduro-type machine, but then its not meant to be. I've got a DW-Link 5.Spot (a great bike too) and it handles pretty much everything that the 5.Spot is designed to deal with, at least as well and probably faster. If you have budget for the one bike to join them all, you could do a lot worse than spend it on the Flux.

I bought mine recently (got a 2011 frame half-price). Spent a day on it in the mountains of North Wales (very rocky, very steep, incredibly narrow singletrack and very very very wet). Was with three other riders, one on a Spesh Enduro, one on a long-travel hardtail and one on a Stumpy with 140mm at both ends. The terrain was incredibly hard, the trail had been eroded beyond belief by the rains over the last few months and the reality was that the Flux not only held its own, it was for the most part quicker and I found myself "up the arse" of my mate on the Enduro, whereas previously on my 5.Spot he would be quicker. Can't emphasise how difficult this terrain was, rocks and roots everywhere, 2 foot drops into rock gardens, trail had become a small river in places, erosion everywhere. Certainly 5.Spot, AM territory, but the Flux dealt with it all easily and put the bigger bikes to shame.

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Favorite Trail:   Llandegla

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   www.merlincycles.co.

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale, Trek, Specialised, 5.Spot, Santa Cruz Superlight

Bike Setup:   SRAM X-9 group, Elixir 5 discs, EA70 post, stem and bars, Mavic rims on Shimano hubs, Maxxis Ardent tyres, Charge saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cdsvenom a Racer from Huntsville, AL, USA

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2012

Strengths:    Great Build Quality
Climbs very well
No flex in the rear end

Weaknesses:    Pretty heavy frame

Bottom Line:   
great trail bike and just barely light enough to race xc (24.5lbs with carbon wheels, light tires, and no tubes)

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Favorite Trail:   Monte Sano

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1225.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   older XTR mix, WCS flat bar, thompson post, fsa stem, reynolds xc carbon wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wveddy a Cross Country Rider from North Carolina

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2012

Strengths:    I am really sold on the dw link suspension. It gives you all the goodness of a full suspension bike: eating bumps, without the badness: power robbing pedal bob. You can definitely tell the difference between the ride quality vs other designs. The bike climbs with ease and lets you really put the power down when needed. You can easily jump out of the saddle without feeling like it is a waste. The rearend eats up pumps and it does not send any unwanted feedback up to the rider. It is really hard to feel the suspension working, but it is. Very smooth. The bike corners very well and responds well rider input. You can really push the bike hard into a turn with little fear of loosing control. The head angle is steeper than most full suspension bikes, but that is one of things I like. It is very fast in the tight turns and responses very predictably. The rear disc mount is a nice feature and looks very clean. Fit and finish is very good. Frame and especially the rear end are super stiff.

Weaknesses:    So I agree the front derailleur hack is kinda dumb, but the space is limited so what can you do. Max rear tire being a 2.2, which is tight, kinda sucks, but it is a xc bike. If you ride in muddy conditions, the frame does seem to catch and hold a lot of mud in the rear links. Hard to really find anything wrong with this bike.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for more of a trail bike, this is probably not the bike for you. If you are a xc rider, especially if you have been riding old school hard tails, this is the bike for you. It is fast, light, and expects a pilot that knows how to ride to get the most out of the bike. I guess by today's standards this is short travel, but it feels like more than four inches. I have been riding over some pretty good drops and rocky terrain. This is all the travel I would ever want. The pedal efficiency is just awesome and the handling is spot on. Turner quality and customer service, plus it is made in America. Can't beat that!

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Favorite Trail:   MST

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Chain reaction

Similar Products Used:   Pivot Mach 4, kona dawg

Bike Setup:   1x10 shimano xt with raceface turbine crank, Rockshox Reba fork, xt custom built wheels, Hayes brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by iheartbicycles a Cross Country Rider from GnarCal

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2012

Strengths:    Climbs like a scared mountain goat, strung out on crack and redbull, being chased by a man-eating hamster while suffering from incontinence

Weaknesses:    Not a Dad-Gum THING!

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome. Mine is a size XL and weighs just under 24 pounds, making it light enough to race - yet stout enough to make it a great all around trail bike. DW link makes it climb like a hardtail, but as soon as you stop pedalling, it's super plush. Turner is a great company to work with as well. This is a great bike for anybody.

I'm giving it 4 diahrea points for value, since its somewhat expensive - but its tootally worth it.

On the scale of ass kicking good times, I'm giving it a full 5 crinkle stars.

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Rim Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Wrench Science

Similar Products Used:   Ventana El Saltemontes, Intense Tracer (horstlnk)

Bike Setup:   Fox Float 120, chris king/stans wheels, sram XO drive train, a few lightweight goodies hither and thither

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dmash a Cross Country Rider from redondo beach, ca

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2011

Strengths:    design quality, anodized finish,grease fittings

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line- best xc full suspension ride ever. It really does climb like a hardtail thanks to the DW Link. I don't have to shift my weight around on the steep stuff- just pedal. This bikes does everything very competently and very efficiently. You do have to pay attention on the fast downhill stuff. I run a Fox 100 rlc. Maybe a 120 mm fork would help. The anodizing is a nice touch too. If you can, take advantage of the trade in program and pick up the frame at their Murrieta shop. The staff are cool and very knowledgable. I even had a chance to chat with Dave Turner. Had a very enlightening conversation about frame designs and the bike biz.

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Favorite Trail:   any trail with dirt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   factory

Similar Products Used:   earlier flux, blur xc, original intense tracer

Bike Setup:   full shimano 970 xtr and wheelset, fox fit 100 rlc, f99 stem, salsa flatbar, kenda kozmik lites

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by MonsieurPapadapolis a Cross Country Rider from the woods

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2011

Strengths:    DW Link

Weaknesses:    Road poor. Front derailleur mod needed to make it work. Cable routing sucks and looks like an afterthought.

Bottom Line:   
Had to post a review. An honest review. This bike was (is) totally overrated. The version I had seemed as though it was cobbed together and many of the details were and afterthought. Wasn't crazy about cutting apart the front derailleur to make it work with the frame and the cable routing was just horrible. Wasn't really too impressed with the ride either. Sizing was a bit weird and the bike looked too small built up due to the radically sloping top tube and miles of seatpost. Just couldn't gel with the bike....

Sorry Turner fans, I'm not one.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   shop

Similar Products Used:   Numerous

Bike Setup:   Parts and more parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by etanc a Cross Country Rider from AZ

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010

Strengths:    An outstanding frame with the dialed performance characteristics that you expect when you buy a Turner with a suspension system that outperforms the 4 bar version. Larger diameter tubing than previous flux has improved stiffness and strength. Post mount brake. Greg and the Turner crew always provide great support.

Weaknesses:    Carbon expensive but DW link great. Need to modify shimano front derailleurs to clear suspension movement.

Bottom Line:   
All Turner frames that I have ridden I have been great but they have really nailed it with the DW suspension Flux. I demoed the new Turners initially out of curiosity to see if the DW link could equal my 4 bar versions. That cost me. The new Flux is an improved frame, the handling and tracking are incredible; the rockier the trail is, the more the bike performs. There is much less deceleration over rubble than my previous bikes and much greater square edge bump compliance, even better than my older 5 Spot with the greater travel. This bike with a Fox f120 15qr fork also tracks much better than the older Flux or 5 spot. Pedal forces are even more isolated, feedback is less than any other full sus bike I have ridden. The Flux is an incredibly good and versatile bike that is easy to highly recommend.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz SL, 5 Spot and Flux (HL,TNT)

Bike Setup:   Xl frame w/very good stuff like Fox (15qr from now on), Marta SL, C King hubs, Stan's rims, xt/xtr mix.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wilson Low a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010

Strengths:    Excellent to handle in tight singletrack, very low tendency to lift front wheel even on extremely steep climbs, stiff and easy to rail and steer predictably on bumpy downhills, extremely stable on high speed downhills. It's made of aluminum, not a single wimpy carbon component. Idiot-proof and easy-to-maintain suspension pivots.

Weaknesses:    It makes me neglect my other bikes. Its purchase could make me refuse to ride any other full-sus XC bike on the market.

Bottom Line:   

I weigh 64kg and am 170cm in height, so i chose the medium frame, fitted with a 90mm stem and 580mm flat handlebar, which seems to give the best balance of quickness of steering in technical low-speed conditions and control for high-speed descending.

The DW-link Flux seems to have been purpose-made for adventure racing and endurance racing/epic events. this is my first full-susser and in my exhaustive research for the perfect AR-capable enduro rig - one that is stiff, low-maintenance, efficient, and robust. Bike was set up with non-fluffy parts, so it comes in at just over 25 lbs.

The rear end is super-stiff thanks to the awesome one-piece rear triangle and journal bearings - this is evident when the bike is leaned into turns and thrown around on singletrack. Closer inspection reveals the level of intricacy and attention to detail/craftsmanship in the design of the frame. Zerk grease ports, square-profile stays, replaceable rear dropout, post-mount brake bosses, and bottom bracket structure are particular standouts.

The 100mm suspension design is amazing and just the right amount for adventure racing and epic riding... more importantly, it is moves only when you need it to! Climbing delivers zero bobbing, but once it hits a bump, voila! The frame soaks it right up; the ultra-stiff and reliable 15mm thru-axle Fox fork also complements the frame perfectly. It is a joy to rail up and down trails all day, both technical and non-technical.

I'm extremely comfortable on the bike now and would not think twice about taking it far away to ride in remote and challenging locations. The other full-sus bikes i've ridden are not the lightest bikes around, but what makes this one stand out over them is its racer-like geometry combined with the mind-blowing DW-link suspension.

It is probably too heavy for pure XC racing shippets and short-course, high-speed races; it has too little travel for really hairy freeride trails and drops exceeding 2.5 feet; but it will be perfect for long distances in the saddle as well as, surprisingly, technical riding. The bike has accompanied me on the Sabah Adventure Challenge (a 3-day AR) and XPD (a 9-day AR where we did 360+km of epic riding) and has proven very satisfactory so far as an adventure racing full-susser.

The local distributor for Turner has sold out of 2010 frames really fast... thank goodness 2011 is not too far away now for those in singapore who are considering getting their own Flux now.

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Favorite Trail:   Butterfly

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5840.00

Purchased At:   Hup Leong (Singapore

Similar Products Used:   Turner 5 Spot, Pivot Firebird, Trek Fuel EX.

Bike Setup:   Raw coloured 'M'-size frame; Chris King ISO hubs + Stan's Olympic ZTR rims + DT Swiss Comp spokes; Ritchey WCS bar; Hope Tech X2 brakes + Goodridge brakelines; Fox 2010 RLC FIT 100mm 15mm thru-axle fork (25% sag) + RP23 shock (30% sag); Thomson 30.9 seatpost + stem; Maxxis Ranchero + Crossmark UST tubeless tires with sealant, XT drivetrain with XTR chain and shifters, Fizik Gobi XM saddle; Ergon grips.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Fastal a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010

Strengths:    Laterally stiff, exceptional build quality, made in the USA, looks as good as it performs.

Weaknesses:    Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
Lucky enough to find a closeout '09 frame at a decent price. I'm sold on the DW link. Front triangle looks like a classic, old-school mountain bike while the rear suspension looks like something developed out in area 51. The suspension links are beautifully designed - heavy duty, light and functional and they work phenomenally well. This bike is solid, tracks well, not skittish in the corners like my old Blur. I don't find myself using the pro-pedal as the rear wheel seems glued to the ground with no noticeable bobbing and soaks it up on the rough stuff pointed down. No creeks (yet) but still nice to have the grease ports on all the pivots. I'm not an overly aggressive rider and rarely do drops more than 2 or 3 feet but this frame handles those well without bottoming out (I'm about 5'11" & 185lbs). If you are looking for more travel the 5 spot might be a better choice but to be honest I like the lighter weight of the Flux. Zippy, tight and did I mention stiff? Love it.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   go-ride.com

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Blur, Rocky Mountain Element

Bike Setup:   Fox float 120 rl, x9 rear der, xt front, american classic wheelset, xt cranks, blah, blah, blah

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