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        01-06-2013, 06:07 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    The top row right is a piece of the flocking. It came out in square-ish shaped pieces.
         
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        01-07-2013, 03:53 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Have you found any actual evidence of "flexible points" in there?
         
        01-07-2013, 05:13 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by freia    
    Have you found any actual evidence of "flexible points" in there?
    Honestly, I don't even know what flexible points are....XD
         
        01-07-2013, 07:07 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LikeaTB    
    Honestly, I don't even know what flexible points are....XD
    Flexible points are supposedly a feature that allows the tree-points to flex a bit, so if it's, say, a medium tree, the tree-points would "self-adjust" to a medium/narrow or medium/wide.

    I've never believed it. Always figured it's a marketing gimmick. And if it's real, I always figured it would just flex/bounce/pinch with the rider's weight shifts and pitch the saddle one way or the other and create more problems than it would fix.

    I've just never actually seen what these magical flexible tree-points would actually look like...

    Can you get a close-up of the tree-points, taken from directly from the front? I wonder if there's some kind of joint or spring in there, or if it's just the tree material itself that's so soft that it just flexes (or breaks, as in your case).
         
        01-07-2013, 08:23 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by freia    
    Flexible points are supposedly a feature that allows the tree-points to flex a bit, so if it's, say, a medium tree, the tree-points would "self-adjust" to a medium/narrow or medium/wide.

    I've never believed it. Always figured it's a marketing gimmick. And if it's real, I always figured it would just flex/bounce/pinch with the rider's weight shifts and pitch the saddle one way or the other and create more problems than it would fix.

    I've just never actually seen what these magical flexible tree-points would actually look like...

    Can you get a close-up of the tree-points, taken from directly from the front? I wonder if there's some kind of joint or spring in there, or if it's just the tree material itself that's so soft that it just flexes (or breaks, as in your case).
    It does sound like a gimmick...

    I'll try to take some pictures some time this week. Is it the front of the saddle where the tree points are?
         
        01-07-2013, 08:28 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Yes, the points are at the very front. They're what determine how wide your tree is.

    http://www.trumbullmtn.com/wp-conten...SADDLETREE.jpg
         
        01-12-2013, 08:07 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by freia    
    Yes, the points are at the very front. They're what determine how wide your tree is.

    http://www.trumbullmtn.com/wp-conten...SADDLETREE.jpg
    I haven't taken pictures of the points, but I just pushed on them to see if they flex at all, and they do not.
         
        01-13-2013, 06:35 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LikeaTB    
    I haven't taken pictures of the points, but I just pushed on them to see if they flex at all, and they do not.
    Aha! That's what I thought. A gimmick.
         

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