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Old 10-06-05, 01:21 PM   #1
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Anyone heard of "ZBike"

I was surfing the web and came across the ZBike. Does anyone know of the quality of these bike???

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Old 10-07-05, 09:09 AM   #2
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No, but for this price looks like a good deal:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ZBike-Z-Bike-3-S...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 10-07-05, 05:45 PM   #3
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Avoid that Z bike as if it was the Bubonic plague! I had one it was a total waste of money.It is no bargain at any price. It is the same type as i had.Run away from this bike it sucks!!, and costs too much to fix so it is even halfway decent. Get a 20 inch wheel Dahon instead.It may cost more but will be more adaptable and cheaper in the long run.

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Old 10-07-05, 07:18 PM   #4
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Avoid that Z bike as if it was the Bubonic plague! I had one it was a total waste of money.It is no bargain at any price. It is the same type as i had.Run away from this bike it sucks!!, and costs too much to fix so it is even halfway decent. Get a 20 inch wheel Dahon instead.It may cost more but will be more adaptable and cheaper in the long run.
James,

What is so bad with this bike? The description in the ebay ad is really terrible and just was wondering what size tire that was?

Thanks for the warning!

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Old 10-08-05, 08:21 AM   #5
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It is nice that someone has hands on experience with that one! The only picture i found of it looked suspect to me as well, piddly little wheels and dodgy components (though it was very hard to see on the picture exactly).

http://nordicgroup.us/fold/zbike.jpg

For such a small folder it isn't particularly light. I am afraid that for the circa $ 120 that it goes for new you will prob. get most likely what you pay for... not much at all!

Sure the e bay price is not much money, but if it is a significant amount of money if it (and the shipping cost) goes down the toilet because you end up with a bike that is next to useless.

The same site says it is Twenty inch, but it doesn't look it!?

I also can't seem to find any working sites of the maker/company... If they actually don't have any (instead of me just not finding them) i'd say that is potentially a very bad sign as well.

I can't speak from hands on experience but i have to agree with other poster: Steer away from it like it was a Shotgun Blast to the Face!

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Tires are 16 inch top Gear is 41 inches. You will spin and spin and get nowhere( way too low) The seatpost is not suitable for anyone over 5 feet two inches( I was folded up like a pretzel trying to ride it) and to fix those problems is more expensive than the bike. Like i said i owned one and I put money into it to fix the problems and the best I was able to get was a 54 inch top gear.If you get this bike you will waste your money an older Dahon in 20 inch size is a much beter choice.If you must have a 16 inch folder I recommend an older dahon such as a classic 3 .If you do not like the 3 speed hub, a 16 inch Bmx wheel and a fixed cog with loctite is a cheap and workable solution.

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@ Branman. Didn't u have a Downtube..? I could be mixed up! But i was wondering, if u have a downtube why would you want a ZBike. I reckon the Downtube kicks Zbikes as in every single way except maybe cost. As for upgrading the ZBike.. i think the old addenum of "you can't polish a turd" really applies to most ultra cheap folders or bikes in general.
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Old 10-09-05, 11:11 PM   #8
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@ Branman. Didn't u have a Downtube..? I could be mixed up! But i was wondering, if u have a downtube why would you want a ZBike. I reckon the Downtube kicks Zbikes as in every single way except maybe cost. As for upgrading the ZBike.. i think the old addenum of "you can't polish a turd" really applies to most ultra cheap folders or bikes in general.
Yeah that's me with the downtube. I really enjoy riding the downtube but was searching the internet and came across this "deal" but luckily I went to the "experts" first. Thanks for all the feedback.

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Tires are 16 inch top Gear is 41 inches. You will spin and spin and get nowhere( way too low) The seatpost is not suitable for anyone over 5 feet two inches( I was folded up like a pretzel trying to ride it) and to fix those problems is more expensive than the bike. Like i said i owned one and I put money into it to fix the problems and the best I was able to get was a 54 inch top gear.If you get this bike you will waste your money an older Dahon in 20 inch size is a much beter choice.If you must have a 16 inch folder I recommend an older dahon such as a classic 3 .If you do not like the 3 speed hub, a 16 inch Bmx wheel and a fixed cog with loctite is a cheap and workable solution.
44 X 16/16 = 44 top gear.

I'd say the seat tube would be suitable for someone up to an inseam of about 28" (I have a 31" inseam so I bend the tube on mine).

As a 16 it's ok, but my recomendation is go with at least a 20.
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So i calculated it wrong,Imo 44 inches as a top gear sucks.I owned one and if you stay within recommended saftey limits the sestpost is too short.I replaced it with a mb handlebar.A dahon piccolo or a used classic 3 is much better low gear is 48 middle is 64 and top is 83 gear inches.A 44 inch top gear is only good if you have week little baby legs! or you are a Girly Man.

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