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  1. I often tell people that if they can balance themselves on one foot, they can learn to ride an euc. If you pass the sense of balance requirement, then it is just a matter of time and practice.
  2. Do you have the trolley handle installed? If so, you might want to remove that first and see if the sound goes away. I know someone posted a while back about strange sounds coming from the wheel, and, based on their video, it seemed almost certain to be a mechanical vibration noise coming from the handle even though it was retracted.
  3. I can’t say for sure, but my guess is you’ll insert the tools at the same angle as the puncture. The tire is quite tough, and you’ll probably find it difficult to do otherwise.
  4. Of those options, you should really try the tire patch, it is quite easy. You don’t make the puncture larger, the roughing tool scuffs the edges of the puncture to ensure a good bonding surface when you insert the glue coated patch strip. I’ve put several miles on the wheel since patching, and it’s been retaining pressure just fine.
  5. This is rather encouraging as I don’t do the sort of intense riding you enjoy, so it may be 5 or 6,000miles before I have to look into doing some serious maintenance like replacing the tire and/or wheel bearings.
  6. I was one of the first batch recipients and I’ve got over 1100 miles on my wheel including lots of riding in moderate to heavy rain, and the wheel is still chugging along. RoberAce, I believe, has put at least twice that much on his wheel, so it definitely seems to be the case if you’ve got several miles on the wheel, then it’ll keep going. That said, eventually (and my guess this will be around the 5000 mile mark), the tire is going to be nearly bald and need replacing, but it doesn’t look like I’ll have any ability to fix it As much as I like the Z10, Ninebot’s behavior in this matter makes me really regret not getting a KS18XL instead...
  7. It’s the one Girth posted, https://www.amazon.com/Slime-1034-T-Handle-Tire-Plug/dp/B000ET525K
  8. I just wanted to jump in here to state that this IS NOT a permanent fix for a tire puncture. Two days after getting my Z, some sort of metal shard punctured the tire. At the time, I used tire slime and everything seemed okay, the tire maintained pressure with no noticeable loss. Fast forward several months and 1000 miles, and I started experiencing a weird issue; I could inflate the tire to 30psi and it would maintain that pressure while resting idle, but as soon as I went riding, the pressure would drop to 15psi. Since I didn’t want to experience the special agony of replacing the Z10 tire, I decided to go with a full puncture repair and, so far, it seems to have done the trick. Puncture repair is pretty straightforward and boils down to following the instructions on the box (I actually used a kit for repairing car and truck tires), so I’ll just list some tips: The process is kind of a gluey mess so be ready with rags or paper towels. You’ve got to fully coat the fill strip with rubber cement and it’s going to want to get on everything. A good idea which I didn’t do is drape stuff over the rest of your wheel to make sure the glue doesn’t go where it isn’t wanted. After inserting the strip in the puncture, be ready to wipe off the excess from the tire. Don’t be afraid to put your back into it. Getting the roughing tool and the patch tool through the puncture is not a trivial operation. I fully deflated my tire for this, but, in hindsight, if you have any pressure in the tire, leaving it there may make this process easier as it reduces how much the tire flexes as you’re trying to insert the tools. When all is said and done, you should have something resembling this:
  9. That’s not a concern, it is a performance characteristic that is unique to the Z10, and it is glorious! It is just an amazing feeling to execute a proper, high speed turn on the Z: you are hanging out in space in this most improbable fashion while the wheel carves this perfect arc; really, just a wonderful experience!
  10. Well, that gives me some hope. My 3 biggest concerns with the Z10 right now are, in order: Trolley handle failing Power brick replacement Replacing the custom, tubeless tire
  11. I’ve seen the thread about the improved headlamp, but where did you see they improved trolley?
  12. That’s why I said rumor, because it’s unsubstantiated This was suggested in another thread discussing the high failure rates of the Z. I agree, it seems like a strange thing to do in the face of Ninebot’s very public announcements regarding EU availability; however, you have to weigh that against how they have behaved so far (high failure rates, distributors getting no response from Ninebot, etc.) and the fact that the euc market is trivial next to the escooter market. All of this combines into a fairly ugly picture for anyone thinking of getting a Z10, so if you have $2000 that you can just piss away then, sure, piss it away on a Z10; otherwise, go with what seems to be a much safer bet.
  13. I have a Z10, it is great, and I’ll ride it as long as I can keep it running, but I can’t recommend it. There have been reports from two different wheel distributors of out of the box failure rates on the Z10 around 10%. Add to that rumors that Ninebot is exiting the euc market entirely to focus on that sweet, sweet escooter business and just no. Go with a KS18XL.
  14. If I’m perfectly balanced on the wheel, I’m typically standing in such a way that the inside of my calfs are barely touching the sides. Basically, there’s enough gap on both sides to tilt the wheel quite a bit one way or the other.
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