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Zeph I (Zeph   Control)

Zeph I Buggy

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Zeph Control
Zeph 1 or Zeph 1 wide
130 or l40 x l96 x 68 cm
75 x 176 x 48 cm
17 kg
Watertight box

The Zeph is the first 100% French buggy. It is also the only buggy which can really withstand anything, regardless of the driver's weight or the type of terrain (bumpy fields included). The Zeph I is manufactured from composite materials + stainless steel + treated steel. It can be divided into 2 sections.

1. The stainless steel rear axle (36 mm diameter) is in 2 parts. These are held in the self-supporting hull by clips. The axle can be adjusted in width (1.3 m or 4.4 m) and holds 2 wheels.

2. The hull is made from fibreglass. It features a back-rest and 2 lateral beams (which support the pelvis and thighs). The hull also has a steering bar which shifts any stress on to the fork.

These compo nents are made from steel coated with high-resistance epoxy paint Ground clearance: 20cm

SUITABILITY FOR FREESTYLE
It's virtually impossible to get up on 2 wheels with the Zeph simply because it was not designed for that On the other hand controlled skids are easy to do

GROUND HUGGING CAPABILITY
One of the best buggies around for this This is the ultimate long distance and speed buggy.

Its 1.4 m wheelbase makes it very stable. It has ultra precise steering which means you can really do what you like with the Zeph once you have got used to driving it.

When other buggies start to skid as a result of too much sail, the Zeph manages to maintain its course and gains speed.

COIFORT
Either you like it or you loathe it! The driving position is almost horizontal, so you have to lie down, wedged into the interior by the two beams moulded into the hull. There are small foam pads to round out the sharper angles. The hull also has a back-rest moulded into it. The Zeph comes in 2 versions: narrow seat or wide seat. As soon as you sit in it, you'll know which version suits you better. The hull provides good protection from flying sand thrown up by the front wheel, as well as from stones and anything else lying on the beach.

KPS VERDICT
This buggy is a genuine racer. Furthermore, it's practically indestructible. The Zeph was designed to mould with any bumps in the ground, regaining its original shape afterwards. It was developed for the beach at Houlgate (Calvados, France), which is well known for its dense sand and gigantic, rugged, dirt-track areas.

One major drawback comes from the fact that repeated knocks results in a lot of play in the fork. To remedy this problem, an ordinary stainless-steel washer can be added. After-sales service is excellent.

For Against
Sturdiness
Ground-hugging
Comfort
After sales service
Choice of hull colour
Freestyle not possible
Size
Considerable play in the fork

 

Kite Passion Magazine

Buggy Review taken from
Kite Passion Magazine March/April 97

 

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