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  • The Zx-1 is legit!

    I'm new to this forum but I purchased my zx1 from Pat last December. I have since modded it to work with the ez-lock in my van, and just upgraded the tires to all-terrain since I go to school in Utah. (lots of snow!) After 8 months of heavy use here's my review:

    Simply awesome. Buy it. If you are a quad, it will change your life.

    Pat has pics of my ez-lock mod and atv tires...feel free to post them if you want Pat.

    I have flown with it--much better than a power chair or heavy e-motion wheels.

    I have driven my '08 Honda with it...works wonderfully goin up the ramp. (vmi northstar conversion)

    I especially enjoy going on dates with my wife, since I can be fully independent and easily pop out to fit under restaurant tables if needed.

    I owned e-motions for 3 yrs. They broke a lot...but when they were functional they were def. inferior to the zx1 b/c:

    My ultra-lightweight tilite zr ceases to be lightweight with emotions. Around the house I prefer to push myself, and w/out using battery power w/ emotions it was pretty tough to push a 90lb. chair.

    The battery charger on the emotions is really big & heavy. The zx1 charger is much smaller & portable...a little bigger than a laptop charger. This was really, really nice when I got stuck in the Denver airport for an extra 6 hrs...The zx1 was all recharged in about 90 mins I think, and the charger just went right back in my backpack.

    The zx1 handles ramps/hills better. Period.

    Pat's customer service is night & day better than frickin' Alber.

    My chair is narrower w/ zx1 than emotion.

    And I could go on...

    Who cares if someone says it looks like a "chopped off scooter?" Personally, I have only received compliments on how my zx1 looks, but whatev. It gets the job done, and it's a whole lot sexier than a power chair imho.

    This thing is the real deal. As I've said many times Pat--thank you, thank you, thank you. May you be blessed for this wonderful invention.

    -Sam Harrison

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    • The lithiums can be fitted with a ready to go BMS system making them dummy proof. And a simple plug and play charger. Can even be your lead / gel one. I didnt do this since I am a control freak and like the graphing, control and accuracy etc that the hyperion gives me. And the ability to charge as I drive. And then I dont need on board BMS system.

      The lithiums start at 3.6v per cell. Fall to 3.3v after the first few yards each cell. They stay there and drop to 3.2v over the vast majority of the charge - about 90 percent of it...

      Then right at the end they drop like a rock. The chair will slow down very noticible as it aproaches the end of charge. You dont need a battery meter, it will feel like you ran out of fuel suddenly.

      Only if you continue past this point (2 to 2.5v per cell) do you cause any damage. And thats hard to do unless you are trying...
      Last edited by buegerman; 08-24-2011, 05:30 PM.

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      • Chair Eval on 9/2. The ZX1 will definitely be discussed, and influence the final decision. I just sent Ryan at Spinergy an email to get on the list. Hopefully they can be covered by Ins. I'm C5 Incomplete.

        Any pics of EZ Lock attached as I would want to drive from chair. Thanks Pat!!

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        • Thanks for all that Sam. It's great to hear from others that the ZX1 has changed their life like it has for me.
          Here's a pic of Sam's knobby tired, EZ-Lock ZX1:



          Just had to throw on the Freewheel for a shot:

          pat@beachmobility.com

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          • Here's one photo of the ZX1 equipped for an EZ Lock.



            Pat beat me to it.

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            • I'm the same with mine. It's a lifechanger for sure. I was pretty depressed thinking I'd be carting around a 350lb. p/c for the rest of my life.

              This definitly gives me the best of both worlds. Once my tires wear down, I'll put some knobbies on also.

              DK, I suggest you tell the iinsurance company that you will be saving them thousands of dollars by going with the ZX, will maximize you mobility and ability even more. It's a win/win for them and you.

              With you being a c/5 incomplete, a power chair would, iMo, be at a disadvantage for you. You need to push and get strong and at the same time be able to have available power when needed. The ZX-1 is it.

              I consider, along with my handcycle, the ZX-1 and Freewheel are the two best innovations to come along in my 38 yrs. post injury.

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              • Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                I'm the same with mine. It's a lifechanger for sure. I was pretty depressed thinking I'd be carting around a 350lb. p/c for the rest of my life.

                This definitly gives me the best of both worlds. Once my tires wear down, I'll put some knobbies on also.

                DK, I suggest you tell the iinsurance company that you will be saving them thousands of dollars by going with the ZX, will maximize you mobility and ability even more. It's a win/win for them and you.

                With you being a c/5 incomplete, a power chair would, iMo, be at a disadvantage for you. You need to push and get strong and at the same time be able to have available power when needed. The ZX-1 is it.

                I consider, along with my handcycle, the ZX-1 and Freewheel are the two best innovations to come along in my 38 yrs. post injury.
                100% on the same page. I can push on flat surfaces and get a good workout, but need power for ramps etc... Current PC can't get into friends houses, need to bring manual, transfer and so on.

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                • Originally posted by pattherat View Post
                  Thanks for all that Sam. It's great to hear from others that the ZX1 has changed their life like it has for me.
                  Here's a pic of Sam's knobby tired, EZ-Lock ZX1:


                  Originally posted by NorthQuad View Post
                  Here's one photo of the ZX1 equipped for an EZ Lock.



                  Pat beat me to it.

                  NorthQuad has a front frogleg caster, Pat's pic doesn't. Is the frogleg off just for the pic, or can it be used without? Just wondering how it affects EZ lock mechanism? Thanks DK

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                  • no frogleg

                    Technically it doesn't need it b/c my front casters on my tilite keep me plenty stable. I took mine off b/c my friend was not as fancy a welder as the other guy's...so since I never use the front frogleg anyway I took it off to make room for the ez-lock bracket. I still have the wheel and may reattach it after convincing my buddy to cut in to the angle-iron. The ez-lock attachment is fully removable anyway.

                    -Sam

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                    • Did you have to do any additional welding to the frame to attach the ez-lock bracket Sam?

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                      • No additional welding to frame...

                        Patrick,

                        We just bolted the whole "apparatus" (i guess you could call it a super-bracket?!) onto the power add-on using a couple pieces of straight iron and an angle iron. We borrowed the ez-lock bolt from my old p/c. Two 3/4" flat iron pieces go into those hollow recesses on the front, and we drilled holes through them and bolted it on. Obviously, this is not crash-tested...so caveat emptor. I'm sure Pat, Spinergy, and EZ-lock will figure out the technicalities in time, but I didn't want to wait!

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                        • What do you do about your char tipping backwards under acceleration?
                          Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
                          Pete C6/'97

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                          • Bras, are you talking about when hooked up to teh ZX? If so, you can't tip over due to the correct cog setting between the chair and ZX. It can do a three inch wheelie to go over curbs etc. Anything over three inches and the bracket on the ZX hits the back downtube of the chair frame.

                            Sam would know more on the EZ lock setup. Thanks Sam for your explanation, glad you are here, Welcome.

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                            • huh?

                              Bras,

                              Could you please clarify what you mean? The ez-lock bolt + the anti-tip rear wheel on the zx1 = total stability while driving. I'm bolted to the floor...


                              Patrick,

                              Thanks. I've been reading the forums for a while but never had a reason to post (I'm a little shy around other quads still...I feel like a baby in this community and don't want to overstep my bounds...if that makes any sense at all.)

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                              • Hey Braswell,

                                I have not found tipping backwards to be an issue. You can make it "wheelie" if you want to by leaning back when you accelerate but even on the highest setting if you just shift/lean forward a little bit it doesn't wheelie. I also do not think it can tip over backwards because most of the ZX-1's weight is behind my wheelchair. - Grandin
                                L1 Complete - Injury 3/12/06 - Grateful to be alive!!!!

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