23/05/2013 | 20 comments
Velocite has introduced an aluminium version of the Flux 26 to its range – and we’re the very first journalists in the world to be offered a ride.
An aluminium 29er has also been added to the range, which previously included only the 26-inch carbon Flux ridden by British elite racer Maxine Filby on World Cup and National XC Series courses all year.
Our test model is the very first example to come out of the factory and so, while the stickered decals may look a little rough and ready, the final production models, which will hit the shops in December, will have fully anodised black and red graphics.
The Flux Alloy 26 is based around a triple-butted 7005 alloy frame and Velocite bill it as a fast cross-country trail bike, with a steep seattube (73.5° on our medium sample) and shortish wheelbase (1088mm), but the relaxed headtube angle (70.5°) looks to sure things up a little.
Otherwise, there’s a tapered headtube, which should stiffen things up at the front end, while the bow-shaped toptube flows into the curved seatstays, and the chunky chainstays promise plenty of power transfer.
The Flux Alloy 26 is available frame only for £550 or in two builds: the XC build will retail at £1,595, while our test machine, the XCP build, will cost £2,195.
On the XC build you get a SRAM S1000 chainset, SRAM X9 rear and X7 front derailleurs, X7 shifters, Magura MT2 brakes, Magura TS-8 R DLO fork, Fulcrum RP SL wheels, Truvativ Stylo T20 seatpost, stem and ‘bars, and a Prologo Kappa Pas saddle.
The XCP build gets upgraded Shimano XT shifters, chainset and front derailleur, XTR rear derailleur, Magura MT2 brakes (our test machine has XT as the MT2′s did not reach Velocite in time), Magura TS-8 R DLO fork, Fulcrum RP XL wheels, Velocite carbon TLC-S seatpost, Truvativ Stylo T30 stem and ‘bars, and a Prologo Scratch Pro saddle.
Maxxis Crossmarks tyres are specced front and rear on both builds but Velocite UK can change this to any Maxxis combination at no extra cost.
So that’s the tech spec – now we’re going to head out on the trails to see how it performs.