I have ridden this board for about 80km now. I just want to say that this board is well made. Feels light. The wedging helps with pumping and the drops helps with the pushing. The kicktail makes it easy to kick the board up.
I think this board would be a good introduction to long distance pumping. No need to mess around with wedges. Just slap on some standard non-precision trucks, maybe adjust the bushings and you are good to go. With the kicktail and the single piece construction (which means no need for brackets), this board should also be suitable for daily commuting.
The AZ provides ample leg room, feels secure/stable/ solid with the front leg on the centre line as you push with the other. A slight flex is evident (more flex than the AB3.0) which helps pumping after getting up to speed. I set this up with surfy TKP front, narrower TKP rear + 85mm wheels, and the pump performance is just shy of a top mount with precision trucks. Averaged 17kmh on a debut 8km test... and I am sure it can be pushed further with the right adjustments. Convenient for new entrants to LDP without thinking of brackets or wedges; a fresh feel for some of us who have done it longer. Love thr deck construction & the overall ride feel!
I mean, I thought the AB was the perfect deck (aside from the lack of kicktail) - but no, its this one, this one is the perfect deck...
Build quality looks top notch! Excellent wedged front and de-wedged rear. Set up with Kegels and will try Bennetts for pumping. Might try Paris 165's on it as well. The grip tape is a really cool design with the Zenit logo cut outs. Have to wait for the snow to melt before I can take it for a ride. I can hardly wait! Thanks Zenit for creating a board for Canadian LDP riders who want to buy local.