Originally Posted by Tack Collector
Circle Y recalled the original flex trees as defective. Southern Trails said they've discontinued all of the Flex 2 line now.
I thought they had been recalled. Apparently not, though. There were discussions at Daily Equine and other places about the original Flex having tree probs. Some defective or broken Flex trees were replaced under warranty, but some people were "out" because Circle Y said they had no warranty due to not purchasing from an approved Circle Y dealer. Chuck at Daily Equine said that all Flex made 2006 have the Flex 2, but Circle Y didn't mark them as such to give dealers tine to clear out the old original Flex stock. Kevin "Southern Trails" said they have now discontinued all of the Flex 2, as well. I don't have one of those saddles. I was looking at one and fortunately checked the Interned before buying. It was a 2005 model and had the original Flex, so I'm glass I passed it by.
The local tack shop has apparently been buying them at auctions or taking old stock from CY, b/c they are stacked with CY Flex saddles now. Some look brand new. At least two have been taken apart so somebody could get at the tree, and carelessly not put back together quite right.