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#1 2008-01-14 8:51am

Ladis
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Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

Hi there,

looking through the pages I can see a lot of Z-Rim Wheels.
As long as I can remember, those Rims/Wheels where too flexible for serious riding, jumping or even freesytle. Everybody I can remember having a z-rim wheelset  in those days said they same ...for us it was even a game to make them flex in 90 degree and after the first "hysteria", nobody got fooled by them anymore.

So, in my opion they might be "area-correct", but for riding not useble...so, what`s the deal?

cu, Ladis

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#2 2008-01-14 8:54am

Vert1go
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

Z-Rims were not as bad as you may think - especially the Z-48.  They were flexible for sure, but they usually sprung right back true and straight.  Not to mention, they look cool and they're lighter than Tuff wheels smile

 

#3 2008-01-14 9:02am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

not sure there was an official hype on Zrims, but they were a nice alternative and very cool looking for the colors.  remember that we also thought nylon addicks sprockets and nylon hair swivel hair triggers were cool, too.  wink

these are my own survivors from the early 80s freshly restored.
They still work just fine but I wouldn't try to abuse them nowadays.

In the past, the flex in these rims kept me from cracking or bending a Kuwahara on several occasions.

nowadays, if they are slightly bent, you have to be careful adjusting the spokes so you don't pull a spoke through the nylon. and in some cases you have to live with a bit of wobble, whereas a real rim would be "true-able"

http://www.bmxmuseum.com/image/gooseslam_lg.jpg


on the other hand, this yellow set was NOS never ridden. and they are dead true.

http://www.bmxmuseum.com/image/kuwanew_lg.jpg

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#4 2008-01-14 9:07am

Geoff4130
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

They do look hella cool!

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#5 2008-01-14 9:12am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

m having a terrible time trying to keep a set of tires mounted on my 26" z-rims. I am about to give up, I love em and yes they flex a bit. The problem is my comp 3 tioga blue and green label 2.125 tires, I tried all kinds of tubes and even 24" tubes I can only run 30 psi or the tires pop off the rim. The fron one is perfect but the rear I have pop off every ride just about mostly under heavy torque or a little air like 1 foot. Anyone wanna trade for a set of black arayas or pro class rims?

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#6 2008-01-14 9:13am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

I remember a friend of mine and me doing some lakejumping and the way to the ramp was going down a hill ( for speed..).

As he speeded down that hill , his rear Z-rim bent and so he started sliding up the ramp with that bent rim. Just befor he came to the end of the ramp, the backrim straightend again and catpult him into a kind of "front-loop-desaster-no control"-jump.
Luckily we were doing lakejumping, so nothing serious happend.

From that day we were friends of alloy rims!

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#7 2008-01-14 12:37pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

we always made a game out of it called Z-Flex.
We would do kick-outs to see how many spokes we could break. The guy who broke the most spokes won.

Here's how you play:
1) Get some friends with Z-rims
2) Find a parking lot or similar paved surface
3) When feeling pumped, yell out "Z-Flex" and then proceed to performing a massive kick-out with all of your weight over the rear wheel
4) Count your broken spokes
5) After all players have had their turn, the winner (most broken spokes) gets to punch the loser (least broken spokes) in the nads
6) Game over for now: Go home and lace up some new spokes.

Seriously, we played this. Big time fun (unless you're the loser wink

Z-Rims are great, though. Thanks to them, I learned how to lace and true wheels very well.

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#8 2008-01-14 4:01pm

Geoff4130
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

How much pressure can be run on Z-Rims?

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#9 2008-01-14 4:03pm

BridgeCity
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

not very much or the tire pops out of the lip with little effort when riding.  I don't know if the z 48s have a better lip but the old 36 spoke racing rims don't offer much grab for the tire.

 

#10 2008-01-14 7:02pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

jmc-brad wrote:

we always made a game out of it called Z-Flex.
We would do kick-outs to see how many spokes we could break. The guy who broke the most spokes won.

Here's how you play:
1) Get some friends with Z-rims
2) Find a parking lot or similar paved surface
3) When feeling pumped, yell out "Z-Flex" and then proceed to performing a massive kick-out with all of your weight over the rear wheel
4) Count your broken spokes
5) After all players have had their turn, the winner (most broken spokes) gets to punch the loser (least broken spokes) in the nads
6) Game over for now: Go home and lace up some new spokes.

Seriously, we played this. Big time fun (unless you're the loser wink

Z-Rims are great, though. Thanks to them, I learned how to lace and true wheels very well.

was doing a simular game bitd and i actualy snapped the z-rim! i couldnt believe it!

rc


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#11 2008-01-14 7:04pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

williwoods wrote:

m having a terrible time trying to keep a set of tires mounted on my 26" z-rims. I am about to give up, I love em and yes they flex a bit. The problem is my comp 3 tioga blue and green label 2.125 tires, I tried all kinds of tubes and even 24" tubes I can only run 30 psi or the tires pop off the rim. The fron one is perfect but the rear I have pop off every ride just about mostly under heavy torque or a little air like 1 foot. Anyone wanna trade for a set of black arayas or pro class rims?

i have a set of silver araya 7x bands i would trade for ya z bands. if ya interested.

rc


I sell used parts! If you are looking for nos or dead mint parts, dont buy from me. If you are looking for used, usable parts. Im the guy ya want to buy from.

WILL TRADE FOR

snafu mobus or simular gyro , gold, red,or blue, sealed threadless headset gold, red, anno chain tensioners red, gold, or blue, anno v brakes gold or red, anno u brakes blue,gold, or red anno colored spoke nipples gold, red, or blue

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#12 2008-01-14 7:07pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

i honestly only run them for looks. i am too big to ride them. but they do look nic e


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#13 2008-01-14 7:24pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

Ladis that musta been a site to see.

Z's are era correct and look friggin cool.

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#14 2008-01-14 7:57pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

I have black graphite Z Rims no were near as much flex as the regular ones.


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#15 2008-01-14 8:33pm

jvander
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

One night at Pipline I did a bar endo with my brand new purple Z-rims, They flexed so much that my axle peg hit the ground.  They didn't straighten very well.  But, they looked cool as hell for about 6 hours.

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#16 2008-01-14 8:39pm

saylor
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

there's a pic here somewhere of the dude testing z rims in front of ACS and torking a rim into a taco . . it's a classic pic . . .

looking for it now . . .


saylor wrote:
damn bunch of end users. why do we even bother. so you can get email ?

ffs.

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#17 2008-01-14 9:13pm

Fred Garvin
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

I liked Z rims when I was a kid.  And if you did a lot of freestyle or jumping they were a hell of a lot better than alloy!  No flat spots and easy to true. I used to try and flex mine too. It was pretty funny coming down on a table top jump.  Still have my graphite Z rims on my bike, but I'm a little pissed I had traded my graphite Tuffs for them yikes

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#18 2008-01-14 9:23pm

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

jmc-brad wrote:

we always made a game out of it called Z-Flex.
We would do kick-outs to see how many spokes we could break. The guy who broke the most spokes won.

Here's how you play:
1) Get some friends with Z-rims
2) Find a parking lot or similar paved surface
3) When feeling pumped, yell out "Z-Flex" and then proceed to performing a massive kick-out with all of your weight over the rear wheel
4) Count your broken spokes
5) After all players have had their turn, the winner (most broken spokes) gets to punch the loser (least broken spokes) in the nads
6) Game over for now: Go home and lace up some new spokes.

Seriously, we played this. Big time fun (unless you're the loser wink

Z-Rims are great, though. Thanks to them, I learned how to lace and true wheels very well.

sucks to be the loser,i broke a rear jumping a big snow pile.


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#19 2008-01-15 12:08am

Ladis
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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

haha - jmcbrad- very nice game!!!(still holding my stomach...) I wont forget that game you played....Well that, that shows me at least, that Z-Rims were good for one thing: improving the creativity of kids - thank you ASC for making this world a little better place to have fun!

Ladis

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#20 2008-01-15 12:47am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

Im looking for either black or Blue ACS hoops in new to mint condition ..Anybody?

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#21 2010-04-15 5:12am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

My pal had them BITD, and loved them. I always thought they were cool as hell as a novelty, though some racers complained that the flex reduced momentum in racing, making them a little slower than they'd have liked.
Presently I'm enjoying owning and riding three sets of them. One set in 20" (Hutch), one in 24" (Redline PL-24), and one  in 26" (Kos Kruiser).

When I first mounted them to the Kos, the 26" did indeed allow the inner tube to bulge. I've since corrected it, and so far, so good - no splippage or bulging. I've also had that issue with Tuff wheels after some abusive riding, though, too, so haven't bothered to complain. WilliWoods, how are those OS tires? I'm using new 26" Comp III copies, and they're holding.


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#22 2010-04-15 5:33am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

i would love to find a set of 26 z's!


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#23 2010-04-15 6:42am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

Geoff4130 wrote:

How much pressure can be run on Z-Rims?

I run 45 PSI on mine max!  Anything over that pops the bead! sad

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#24 2010-04-15 7:16am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

looks only for carpet b i t c h e s only


Im loving the neon ,flourescent colors on these newschool bikes and Its makin me like the newschool rides more

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#25 2010-04-15 7:23am

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Re: Whats about that Z-Rim hyp?

Z-FLEX!


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