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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Regularkiter » Sun May 26, 2019 2:10 pm

Kamikuza wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Regularkiter wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 12:44 pm
Happens every now again, most of the kites are made on the same factories, they probably messed up the chemicals again and bladders are leaking. Heard this stories a lot from kite brands, which sucks as it's not their own fault but factories.
Ozone is very proud of having its own factory that it shares with nobody else.
You are right, I did forget about that. Question is do they make their own bladders thought

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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Barryg101 » Sun May 26, 2019 4:03 pm

Yeah for us we have all the repair kits , if I had an ozone myself it's no problem to patch it up or replace a valve but at our school we got 20+ kites so it's a lot of patching up .

Of course all bladder eventually can leak , butnwiukdnt be expecting this happening after 6 months of teaching on the.

We do work in a very hot climate thought always 25+ degrees so that may not help with the bladders.

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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Bille » Sun May 26, 2019 10:58 pm

JaZone wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 1:12 pm
...

Have to disagree with that assessment. I believe ALL kites will start to leak eventually.

...
Damn -- PMU is gonna Hate me for this :
Get a ram-air Foil kite ; ain't no bladders, so ...
there ain't no leeeeeeks !! :lol:

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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Ice101 » Mon May 27, 2019 12:30 am

My mates ozone edges have faulty valves too. This is not acceptable now that kite manufacturers are charging well over the odds for new kites now.
When over a grand a piece you don’t expect for such failures. They really need to sort this out.

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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Havre » Tue May 28, 2019 6:16 am

Some funny responses. So a small leak that means you can just hear the strut being filled from the leading edge when you open up the valve after a session = failure.

I would like to hear the phone call you guys would make to the towing company after your car has been scratched slightly. “Hey man my car is wrecked. Dude can you come and rescue me from this nightmare? Oh I can’t believe my ride has experienced a complete failure.”
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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Kamikuza » Tue May 28, 2019 10:18 am

Havre wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 6:16 am
Some funny responses. So a small leak that means you can just hear the strut being filled from the leading edge when you open up the valve after a session = failure.
Of all my kites, I've got one that does that in one strut ...

But I don't think that's what he meant.

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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Qman » Tue May 28, 2019 1:02 pm

I have a current model Ozone Enduro V2 and am on the 3rd leading edge bladder
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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Barryg101 » Tue May 28, 2019 3:28 pm

Havre wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 6:16 am
Some funny responses. So a small leak that means you can just hear the strut being filled from the leading edge when you open up the valve after a session = failure.

I would like to hear the phone call you guys would make to the towing company after your car has been scratched slightly. “Hey man my car is wrecked. Dude can you come and rescue me from this nightmare? Oh I can’t believe my ride has experienced a complete failure.”



I'm confused why you compare leaking valves to a scratched car and a scenario about a towing company ?

It's a forum for people to share experiences with kitesurfing and gear , chill out

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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby Greenturtle » Tue May 28, 2019 4:10 pm

By some magic of chemistry valves are permanently attached to cheap pool toys but the ones on expensive equipment that could threaten your life upon failure drop off like flies that drank ddt for breakfast.

Yeah yeah yeah “the badder and valves are made of different materials” so what? Make them differently.
Make them stick. FOREVER.

Now that kite design has stayed the same for years or even regressed, I think its high time this valve issue gets resolved, and the company that does it - gets the first, ever, real, ***Game Changer Award***

A marketing statement such as
“our valves will never peel off, ever, or full msrp refund”
would create more brand loyalty at this point than all the claimed xyz performance profile improvements from all brands put together.

Problem is of course (now more than ever), that the used market is burgeoning with excellent kites just a few years old that are just as good (the same) as the new models, except that the valves are falling off...
if those valves dont peel, the demand for new kites would tank. Planned obsolescence? Maybe. Probably.
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Re: Ozone leading edge bladder failures?

Postby ScoopZ » Tue May 28, 2019 5:22 pm

I have a few older ozones in my quiver, and even in these the valves are not just glued on, it's a thick weld. I've changed a few (strut and LE) valves on a now 10 year old kite and it's funny reading the aftermarket instructions that say 'dip it in hot water' for 30 seconds and peel.

Im lucky in one respect living in a mild country.


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