On 2002-08-20 06:10, Anonymous wrote:
I read many times the responses of Ken Winner in this forum related to the new Rhino 2. He says that the new kite will be quicker than the old Rhino and more powerfull than the X2 but is not clear if it will be as fast as the X2. Anybody knows if it will be?
I don't think it will be.
I say this because of Ken's reply to my question about whether it would be a "steady puller". He talks about building prototypes with huge range and poor pull, and huge pull with poor range. Finding that sweet spot that provides both is important. He talked about chosing to make the Rhino 2 a stronger puller than say the x2.
I think the closer you go to the fast top end of kite design, the more foil like kites get. (Please no complaints from Flysurfer owners. I've only flown Concept Air's.) What I'm talking about is a kite that creates huge power surges when it swoops across the window and then it looses a lot of power when you edge hard because it shoots too far forward. I have heard one X2 owner say this about the 12m, but not his 16m. So I think the x2 may be close to the limits in this area. I'm guessing the Rhino 2 is farther away from being like this. I hope it is anyway. The original Rhino was clearly not like this. I would be shocked if Ken didn't keep the flight charactistics that made the Rhino so popular.
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