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New Blast & Supersonic Rods

Posted: Wed, Jun 17 2009, 03:55 PM
by Babbman
Revolution is now selling a Race Frame for the Blast and is testing a 4 wrap skinny LE for the Shock Wave...

Somehow, I was able to get a set of each that just happened to show up today!

Basically, these are skinny rods to replace the SLE on both of the kites. The existing down spars remain as is. Each leading edge is $60.

I'll be working with these for a while to see how they feel and will have them with me on Sunday for Prairie Fest.

Re: New Blast & Supersonic Rods

Posted: Thu, Jun 18 2009, 03:02 AM
by Sailor99
They are really sweet in very light winds, but they flex in a really weird way when you really load the LE. Once you get used to that it is not a problem though.

Re: New Blast & Supersonic Rods

Posted: Thu, Jun 18 2009, 05:04 AM
by TeamTrejo
Somehow?

:loveit:

Re: New Blast & Supersonic Rods

Posted: Thu, Jun 18 2009, 05:46 AM
by Babbman
Sailor99 wrote:They are really sweet in very light winds, but they flex in a really weird way when you really load the LE. Once you get used to that it is not a problem though.


I noticed that.. The LE tends to bow towards you and it was a little unsettling when it did that the first time.

Re: New Blast & Supersonic Rods

Posted: Thu, Jun 18 2009, 06:54 AM
by Sailor99
Yep, that's what I was meaning. And then they spring back, and sort of bounce for a while in rather sickening way too!

Re: New Blast & Supersonic Rods

Posted: Thu, Jun 18 2009, 08:56 AM
by Babbman
Sailor99 wrote:Yep, that's what I was meaning. And then they spring back, and sort of bounce for a while in rather sickening way too!


that was it!

I was flying in about 5mph winds with a few gusts of 10-12... in the light winds, it handles really well. The springiness was rather disconcerting when the wind picked up.

I was thinking that maybe a bridle adjustment may be needed... then again, the sail is just long and narrow and there may be nothing that can be done except adjusting your flying style a bit...


It'll be interesting to see what happens with the shockwave in similar conditions.