The 12m is the best size Assault. I've also owned the 16m and 9m.
What year do you have? my '06's popped. No problems with '07's.
The '06 bar and '07 bar are totally different. The '07 bar has much smoother throw and below the bar depower.
Ride suicide on the '07. You can "search" for why. Yeah, it's probably safer on the depower knob, but it depowers plenty on suicide. (if there is a better term than suicide, please correct me)
The kite is slow, which isn't that bad if you're a beginner or taking it into big wind. Just use the biggest bar you can find. I used the big bar with the 9m at all times.
Pump it hard. Mine used to invert frequently. It would also just kind of fold up and fall too. But I'm heavy and would take it out with a twin in big wind.
If you can't relaunch this kite, you should quit kiting. So easy.
I got the Assaults to replace my M-80's. I eventually used the Assaults only when gusty. The M-80's were much faster and smoother. God, I wish I could ride one again sometime.
The Assault has little value. It was ok at the time. I had many LF kites. It was certainly my least favorite. Just my opinion.
Now I ride Kima's and Thruster by Eclipse. Quite pleased. (Except that I boosted yesterday with my Thruster and made a terrible mess in the back of my wetsuit.