Beadnell Drew wrote:
Reportig back on the 12m and 8m RPM. Im so pleased I took the gamble on these kites. They are awesome. Its such an easy kite to fly and has given me exactly what it said it would. Loads of power in the turn, steady in the sky and great re launch. Iv not flown many C kites but a friend who has said Slingshot really have bridged the gap between a Bow and C kite. I was on Rev's before the RPM and would nt want to go back. Not that there is anything wrong with the Rev, its a super kite but the RPM is just what i was looking for.
Thanks to the S2AS guys for hooking me up and giving me the confidence to take the plunge on a kite with very little experience in the market. Off to Tarifa next week so looking forward to some stronger wind and warm water.
I was out on my 8m RPM last week, wind meter was reading 18-20 knots when we first went in, when I finished 2 hours later it was about 16-18 knots. Still had loads to play with in the whole session, others were on 12m, 10, 9m. The 8 gave me all the power I needed so I was super happy to get out in 18 knots on 8m's. Mikey was on 7m Fuel, he lacked a bit of power towards the end of the session and Pete was on 9m Rev, loads of fun for him too. Others were on 10-12m HP/Waroo. Slingshot crew were still holding it down and Mikey and Pete were looping nice style.
So now help me tune these RPM's!? Any tips?
A 'very pleased with his purchases' Drew
Great news to hear and I'm glad that your happy with your purchase.
With regards to tuning; Its all up to you and how you want it to feel so changing the setting around quickly will during your time in Tarifa will be great to get your kites dialed to your riding style.
Back line tuning is simple. Just find the bar pressure and tuning speed you like. Closer to the LE the higher the bar pressure and the more input you will need to steer the kite at the same speed as stock set-up.
Front line tuning is also super simple. If you feel you need that extra grunt or need to push the window of the low end try hooking it up on the attachment point below the stock one. This will add more of a FUEL like grunt to the kite.
Q: What are the ideal settings for surf?
A: Choose the setting that is best for yourself. We recommend using the depower setting for the front bridle and either of the two furthest rearward bridle points. This will give you the most depower in the kite, as well as excellent relaunch to keep your kite from getting washed in the waves. Also note: The trim on the RPM is set to give good power without stalling when riding across the wind. When riding in the surf down the line, expect to sheet the bar out and/or trim some front line in to eliminate stall.
Q: What are the ideal settings for wake style?
A: The wake style setting for the front bridle will suit most unhooked style riders by giving them the most grunt. The rear bridle lines should be set to either of the two forward attachment points to give the most bar pressure, feedback, and predictability when throwing moves.
Q: What are the ideal settings for underpower conditions? What settings should I be on and where
should my trim be as not to over sheet the kite?
A: Usually in light conditions, riders need to turn the kite a lot to generate power. We recommend either of the 2 most rearward rear bridle attachment points to get the lightest bar pressure. The trim on the RPM is set to give good power without stalling when riding across the wind. This is good for most freestyle riding. When riding in very light conditions, expect to sheet the bar out at times when the wind drops out to avoid over sheeting.Q: What are the ideal settings for over powered conditions?
A: In these wind conditions a rider should be well advanced and understand what feeling they want out of the kite. We recommend the Freestyle setting for the front bridle to provide the most depower. The rear bridle settings are a matter of preference for each rider.Q: Where can I find replacement parts,bridles,bladders,and knowledge center for the RPM.
or your local dealer.
I have a goPRO video showcasing the power and speed of 6M. Def worth checkin out... http://www.vimeo.com/4365314