Oldnbroken wrote:Kite companies buy lines from the same three or four manufacturers.
Kite lines stretch,.....all of them.
Most everybody who flies traction kites becomes aware of this during their first season.
Pre-stretching new lines (fronts and backs) is always recommended.
Switching the fronts and backs after ten sessions is always a good idea, to get them evened out.
Doing jumps/loops/tricks both ways helps keep the fronts even to each other.
I've had kites from Peter Lynn, Pro-Tools, Advance, Wipika, Flexifoil, Windwing, Ozone, Best, Liquid Force, Epic, Blade, Switch, Ocean Rodeo, Slingshot and North,...so linesets from years 2004 - 2011.
The only ones that were significantly better were the really heavy 800 lb fronts that Slingshot supply.
The worst sets were on North bars from 2009 and 2011.
Seems the kite companies are asking suppliers for improved linesets in 2012 and 2013.
Flew 2 Eclipse bars for 2007-2010 - zero stretch, zero adjustment needed (zero problems with the trimmer as well)
Flew 3 Ozone bars for 2010-2012 - zero stretch, zero adjustment needed.
Got 1 Epic bar in January 2013 - checked lines first thing after unpacking - perfectly equal. About a dozen outings later in May re-checked lines - 4" difference fronts to rears.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions. But like I've said, I'd rather have only one line set that I can count on, rather than a bunch of sets that live their-own lives on a sessions to session basis. In the age of disposable cars the key words are "Keep it stupid simple"
Oldnbroken wrote:A friend of mine told me last night that he had a cracked metal part on his Ozone front line safety release assembly.
Metal does not always guarantee a stronger/better part.
Some of the toughest parts on the planet are made of plastic.
That same buckle is all-metal on Cabrinha, Best and other bars... must be some kind of reasoning behind that? Right? Never heard about Cabrinha trimmer that quit working...