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  1. JBoo

    Z10 or is 18XL

    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!
  2. JBoo

    Z10 or is 18XL

    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
  3. JBoo

    Z10 or is 18XL

    I’ve seen the thread about the improved headlamp, but where did you see they improved trolley?
  4. JBoo

    Z10 or is 18XL

    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.
  5. JBoo

    Z10 or is 18XL

    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.
  6. Here’s to a swift recovery!
  7. 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.
  8. After watching your video, I can assure you that I regularly ride over pavement like that (or worse) without issue; in fact, there's a stretch of pavement so broken-up by tree roots that I never dared ride over it with my V8, but the Z eats it for breakfast. Riding the Z is so ingrained now I can't reliably recall how I arrived where I'm at but, like @houseofjob, I don't squeeze the wheel, it is actually pretty loose between my legs when I'm riding. This goes for both when I'm going at high speed or slow. It might be something worth exploring.
  9. JBoo

    Brand new Z10 not charging

    Despite my own experiences with the wheel, with a failure rate like that I can’t in good conscience recommend a Z10 to anyone, and makes me worried about the overall longevity of the wheel. Such information really should get tagged to the top of the forum to warn off anyone considering such a big gamble.
  10. JBoo

    Early Signs That My Z10 Is Failing?

    Take this with a grain of salt, I’m at nearly 500 miles and there have been a few occasions in the last couple of weeks where it felt like my pedals were tilted ever so slightly forward. Each time it was right after I had powered on the wheel, it always went away when I started riding any distance, and it was so ephemeral that I can’t rule out all of it being in my head. Certainly, it was nothing as severe as you describe.
  11. JBoo

    Z10 Milage

    I can reliably get 30 miles from my Z10 before things get into the below 40% ballpark, and I commute up and down several hills; however, 8C is right around the threshold where one would expect decreased performance out of the battery. I’d suggest maintaining logs of rides you do in cool/cold weather and compare them to when you ride in 12C+ weather.
  12. JBoo

    What speed is safe to ride?

    I remember when I first learned to ride, I debated whether I'd keep wearing a helmet or not. The very first day I went commuting on my wheel, a car in a residential area came out of a side street and turned into the main street; it did not stop or slow down and the main street was so narrow that the driver nearly struck me head-on. I've always worn gloves and a helmet (at a minimum) ever since. As others have mentioned, speed isn't so much about diminishing the kind of injuries you might sustain, it's about reaction time. Just like any other vehicle, the faster you're traveling, the less reaction time you have and the fewer options you have. If a pedestrian suddenly walks in front of me and I'm going only 5mph, I can pretty much just step off the wheel and stop. I sure won't be doing that at 15mph. When someone at work expressed interest in learning to ride and bought one of my old wheels, I told him the most important safety rule is STFD (slow the fuck down). Just keep in mind that it isn't only about saving your own butt, it's also about everyone else around you. If you're foolish enough to go speeding down a pedestrian crowded sidewalk at 20mph and lose control, yeah, sure, you might walk away without a scratch, but the same can't be said for someone you or your wheel struck, and you might be on the hook for criminal charges to boot.
  13. JBoo

    My Z10 Triumphs, Tribulations, and Failures

    Firstly, the Z10 is a great commuter wheel (so far). Winter is soon approaching here in Seattle and that will be the real test of the wheel, where I'll be riding usually 1 or more days a week in the rain. As others have mentioned, the wheel is 50lbs, and is more cumbersome to lift than a 50lbs dumbbell. While I don't have issues totting the wheel up and down a few flights of stairs, I'm pretty fit and wouldn't call it a trivial task by any means. But because this is going to be your first euc, I'm going to be a wet blanket and recommend that you NOT get a Z10 as your first wheel. When learning to ride for the first time, you are really going to bang-up the wheel you're training on. Even if you manage to make it through the training phase with few issues and start street riding, the latter presents a whole slew of new issues that you never have to deal with when practicing in a nice, safe place, and only logging many, many miles on streets and sidewalks can train you for that. For these reasons, I'd recommend getting a cheap wheel as you first wheel, something that you won't really care about banging up, or, if you discover you just don't enjoy it, you don't find yourself out a whole lot of money. However, if money is no object, then, sure, knock yourself out and get a Z10
  14. I wouldn't add more slime without removing what's already in there. Slime can only seal punctures that are less than 1/4" and generally only punctures that happen around the bottom of the tire. If it's near or on the side walls it won't work. I'd say at this point you'll need to explore getting a full puncture repair kit for a tubeless tire. These have a tool for coring out the puncture, another for inserting the patch, patch strips, and a tube of rubber cement. Videos of how to do this are plentiful for motorcycles and such. I didn't have to resort to this, so you'll be breaking new ground here.