Bones wrote:So Slarti, do you think the Zebra would be substantially easier to partially assemble/disassemble over the Sysmic?
Zebras are great entry level buggies. The three buggies I've had are the PL, Zebra and Sysmic S1. My most common recommendations for newbies is to get started with a Zebra and when upgrade time comes to progress to the S2.
To answer the question though, the Zebra is definitely easier to strip and re-build than the Sysmic, but not as easy as the PL. Unfortunately, there seems to be an inverse relation ship between the 'goodness' of a bug and the ease with which it is assembled
Are you aware the Zebra is essentially a cheaper version of the Libre? If youR looking for an 'upgrade' buggy a Libre (such as a Vmax) could be a viable option. Libre do make very good buggies and before the Sysmics came onto the market the Libre's were the upgrade buggy of choice. Personally I think you get better bug for you buck with the Sysmics these days but that's not to rule out Libres completely. If the Vmax assembles much like the Zebra (which I suspect it would) it could well be the right bug for you.
Another thing I've just realised you may not be aware of is that all the 'upgrade' buggies (including the Zebra) are significantly longer than the PL. In the PL you'll find the rear axle is just behind your back while the other bugs all have extended side rails which pushes the rear wheels further back, leaving you more centrally mounted. This makes a much nicer ride but does mean you need to find a little extra space when packing. Some models of Libre have optional extenders that you can add between your side rail and axle to lengthen the buggy by a foot or so. Possibly an 'extendable' Libre without the extenders might suit you. Hopefully John may be able to advise you on that.