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Re: Ozone Strut Valves breaking after 1 year in tropical climate

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:28 pm
by Bille
I have (3) Ozone Edges, from 2008-9-10 , and all of them work perfect ; so
if the newer ones are breaking, then some Dumb-Ass been-counter , talked
Ozone into making their kites with Cheaper materials, so the profit
margen would be better ! :angryfire:

One bad kite, i could understand ; but apparently, it's happening a Lot.
I won't be purchasing any new Ozone kites ; because they Should last
more than one year. :bye:

Bille

Re: Ozone Strut Valves breaking after 1 year in tropical climate

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:37 pm
by biasbilt
Ozone had a known problem a while back with this happening, which was put down to a bad batch of material that was used for making the elbows. I ended up replacing all bladder in a 12 and 10m 20165 Catalyst, but thought that this had been solved with their more recent kites

Re: Ozone Strut Valves breaking after 1 year in tropical climate

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:44 pm
by foilholio
Their foil kites have problems too, no LCLs and too thick bridles at the kite(some models).

Re: Ozone Strut Valves breaking after 1 year in tropical climate

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:07 am
by kjorn
Bille wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:28 pm
I have (3) Ozone Edges, from 2008-9-10 , and all of them work perfect ; so
if the newer ones are breaking, then some Dumb-Ass been-counter , talked
Ozone into making their kites with Cheaper materials, so the profit
margen would be better ! :angryfire:

Bille
I don't 100% agree with you here. I think new kites turn faster than previous ones. Part of this is that the kite flexes a lot more. When the kite twists and flexes it puts way more pressure on those little one-pump tubes and those wiggle the connections ... which over time just start to break.

North use an ingenious little plastic thing that seems to make the tube to bladder nipple a lot stronger.

I doubt the material has changed since the first batch were made. I think it's more of an engineering problem, how to join a stiff plastic tube to a flexible plastic tube and stop the stiff one from flexing and eventually failing.

Why do we even need those silly little tubes? Naish octopus pump was a step in the right direction.

Re: Ozone Strut Valves breaking after 1 year in tropical climate

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:55 am
by foilholio
kjorn wrote:Naish octopus pump was a step in the right direction.
:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

Re: Ozone Strut Valves breaking after 1 year in tropical climate

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:02 pm
by flysurfing
A friend of mine got the same issue on two of it's ozone kites after 7 months.