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Flexboardz Generation 2

Post by Flexboardz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:52 am

I am glad to present here in advance what kept us busy lately , the next generation of Flexboardz design...

with a special dedicace to BGsurfer !
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Post by indigo_wolf » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:17 am

Any details on how it compares size wise to the original? I looks really short. For some reason, it bothers me that the outer L-Brackets are right at the board end... not sure why. Deck looks CF with contoured tips to keep the deck height as low as possible but still accommodate the ends.

Any info on the info/details on the bindings?

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Post by Flexboardz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:43 am

true, this proto has a very short wheelbase (around 83 cm from axle to axle)...

Our purpose was to compact the flexboardz design into a regular mtb format (wheelbase, weight,...).

Production models will be longer and we might use different accessories (straps wheels)

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Post by leapb4ulook » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:46 am

Looks pretty damn cool!
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Post by WSG7 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:58 am

sick!!

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Post by Flexboardz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:04 am

Thanks! (well, we made a bit of pimping on this proto)

The purpose for us was to develop the new generation of Flexboardz parts correcting generation 1 weaknesses (weight, length,...) while keeping its quality . ...and we are quite happy with it !!

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Post by indigo_wolf » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:46 am

Didn't notice in the original picture, but it looks like you have greatly reduced the static weight of the struts by introducing large weight reduction cutouts in the struts. Will you still offer the original struts or has the design of the mounting brackets at the board tips changed significantly enough where that would not be feasible.

I can understand the desire to reduce weight. Perhaps that was prompted, in part, by the comparison of the Flexboardz to an standard mountainboard last year. FWIW: I always thought it was a bit of an apples and oranges comparison.

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Post by Alex's Phat Wheelz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:30 pm

Looks pretty good how well do flexboards take jumping I have always wondered?

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Post by BgSurfer » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:46 pm

Sweet jetty break Flex, 2-3 ft OH -- fast peelin' rights!

The proto-II looks nice.

With that shorter deck, it should have a tighter turning radius. Put a skilled surfer on one, send him/her down a nice grade, shoot some surf-style street carve video and post it here...

Be glad to test pilot one. :D
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Post by Flexboardz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:00 pm

To Indigowolf : it is really a new generation of Flexboardz so all parts have changed...

We've learn a lot with our first generation of flexboardz, from our customers, riders, distributors, suppliers (that was the painful part) :

Generation 2 is an opportunity to integrate all our experiences into our dream board.

So it goes well beyond weight. From a rider's point of view, the G2 boards are generally more playful and reactive. They are also more simple and robust.

On the backoffice side, generation 1 was really a nightmare to produce as it was made for small quantity, almost handycrafted with a huge number of parts and production steps/suppliers (and default/delays causes )...

For G2, we have the means to use better/best production processes and dedicated tools to be on par with our competitors.

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Post by Flexboardz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:01 pm

I choose the picture with the surfer in the background just for you...
Yes, turning radius is tighter than on G1, moreover, the switch from rail to rail is much quicker...

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Post by Flexboardz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:25 pm

To Alex : in some case (if everything was not fully tightened), G1 might have problem to handle hard landing... that's why we have re designed the arm/crosspiece connection on G2 .

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Post by Brennig » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:23 pm

YES, YES AND YES!! Good job, looks amazing, oh do show us more ...

Do you think you will sell trucks individually?
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Post by Mikael » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:22 pm

Looks awesome!

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Post by Flexboardz » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:36 am

Thanks a lot for your encouraging comments...
Here is a video of a test sessions (sorry it's a powerkite one as it is quite stressfull for the boards):

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Post by BgSurfer » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:32 am

What will the production wheelbase length be? Maybe you could have short and long, like Trampa does.

You really need to get carve video on a steep grade with a good surfer piloting.
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Post by Flexboardz » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:50 am

Yes, we will have two wheelbase length, around 90 cm and 100cm.

We are not sure yet to continue to make a carver model like our Karrika model(7" slick wheels/short wheelbase) as the demand for such board seems to be limited...

To Brening : no, we won't sell separate trucks as it needs specific deck to connect to it...

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Post by Kiwy » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:14 am

can they be used without a kite? More like a mountainboard?
can you skate on them with ease?
I love what those trucks can do. Very sylish

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Post by Flexboardz » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:13 am

yes, sure, it's a mountainboard...
"can you skate?" : do you mean using it on road for downhill? yes no problem, it can even be ridden w/o straps... or pushing it with the foot on flat like a longskate? yes but not very convenient...

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Post by Kiwy » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:26 am

Flexboardz wrote:pushing it with the foot on flat like a longskate?


This one yes. Thank you.

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