TOP PERFORMERThe HYPE is real! If you're looking to go faster with smooth and controlled power, Blade 2.0 is the ticket.
1000W Bafang Ultra Motor
The internaly geared Rohloff 500/14 SPEEDHUB makes shifting as simple as a twist of the wrist. Pair that with a Gates carbon belt drive and you won’t believe how intuitive and smooth your ride will be.
RockShox Pike Ultimate Fork
Bike was shipped on time and delivered in good shape.
Service after the sale sucks as expected. Two inquiries to service unanswered. I worked though it on my own.
This bike is very capable and had many of the features that I was looking for. The internally geared hub and carbon belt drive at this price point are quite remarkable. The bike only comes in one size, so plan to do a little tweaking with different stems and bars to get your configuration dialed in. Also, a suspension seat post like the Kinekt is a must. Rear brake feels a little mushy, I am hoping a quick bleed will take care of that but not something I expect to have to do on a new bike. Somehow I got lucky and got a UART protocol motor, which will allow me to do some programming and customization of the parameters to suite my riding style.
Over all I would recommend and am pleased with the bike.
Took the bike into the trails in mission viejo and Ladera ranch and had a blast. Good power and solid overall bike. The rohloff transmission is next level!
Coming from the OG F5 trail, the power, MT5 brakes and fox shocks are next level!
First, shout out to Jonathon and Mark at FLX. They've been a great help in explaining how the electronics work, how to get the rear tire off of a Blade 2 after a flat, etc. I'm fortunate to live near FLX. And also unfortunate because I can't seem to resist buying another bike when I go into the shop. I started with an F5 Trail more than a year ago. Great bike. Then saw the Blade 2.0. Gave it a test ride and bought one. Also a great bike. They are both a blast to ride and well put together with good components. The fat tires help with the torn up road conditions of San Diego. I visited the shop again and saw the Babymaker. My white Babymaker arrived a few days later. Very different feel from the two EMTB's. More "nimble" and responsive. Very fun to ride on smoother pavement, but less forgiving of road bumps and divots. It rides like my "regular" road bike but with a power boost. The EMTB's spoil me with their more forgiving ride. All three have plenty of power to make it up Laurel Street (the street featured in Top Gun - think steep). The disc brakes inspire confidence going down Laurel, knowing I'll be able to stop before crashing into the airport. I've recommended FLX to friends and will continue to do so. Thank you FLX. I'm OLDE, (73) but your bikes got me back into riding and I now look forward to my work commute of 34 miles RT a day - so much more fun than hitting the gym!! I highly recommend buying an FLX and seeing how much fun biking is. "Just do it."
Love the bike! So much fun to ride