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Eddyboy123

Inspired Element vs Flow

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Has anyone had any experience with both the inspired element and flow?

I'm looking to pick up my first trials bike and have seen a used element and a used flow up for sale at the moment. The flow is on an auction (the exact bike sold last month for £481) and the element is up for buy it now for £350, as far as I can tell though the element is the higher spec'd bike having hydraulic rear brakes etc. The only Issue is that the flow is 25 Miles away while the element is 240 miles away and won't post.

Am I right in thinking that the element is the better deal? Is it worth the trip to go and get it over the flow (would bring the cost to around the same)?

 

Thanks

 

James

 

Edit: Forgot to add that I may have some friends up near the element that could pick it up and ship it for me, does that make it a no-brainer?

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Which generation/colour bikes are we talking?  The early Elements and early Flows were non-disc, so if either bike is non-disc then that might hold you back a bit further down the line if you wanted to upgrade.

Just to add, if they're both rim brake only or both disc ready, then the Element would be the better of the two.  The frames and forks are broadly similar, but some aspects of the Element are a bit above the Flow.  For example, Elements came with Truvativ splined cranks whereas some models of Flow came with square taper.  

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The element is white with what I believe to be the newer style decals?

The flow is purple and being sold as a 2015 bike. 

But both appear to be rim brake only

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Hmm.  Weird.  From memory, the white and black Elements were the first to come with disc mounts too - the yellow and grey before were non-disc.  The purple Flow is definitely non-disc though.

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This is the best picture of the rear end of the element, and from what I can tell it looks rim brake only

 

Is there much difference at all in the frames as a couple of disk/disk flows have come up for sale for not a lot more and a fair bit closer

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Ah, OK - that's a 26" one by the looks of it which makes that make sense!

That might also come into your decision too - 24" and 26" bikes feel quite different, so it depends if you have a preference.

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Good spot! Looks like the elements sold now anyway, so I'll probably try pick up one of the disk/disk flows unless the purple one goes cheap

 

Thanks for your help man! 

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