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Fuel vs RPM

Postby Gnarfskt » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:22 am

Benefits and drawbacks with these two kites? Anone who have tried them both who can give me an honest comparison of these two models? I´m thinking of things such as steering, hang time, kiteloop performance, water relaunch, etc...

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby FarQueLot » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:09 pm

Smooth winds the fuel rocks, otherwise the RPM is the go, have a mixed quiver mainly RPM's but always have a 9 fuel in my quiver, sweetest kite ever, but will punish you in the gusts.
The RPM is a Fuel with manners but the excitometer is turned down a little.
The relaunch on the rpm is great, the fuel is ok - if you have used c kites before you will be impressed by the fuel.
The Fuel is the best flying kite I have tried and others always leave me wanting, once you are in sync with it there are no performance deficiencies.
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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby frankm1960 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:29 pm

Here's a recent thread on the same topic...
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2375529&p=746992&hi ... pm#p746992

Here's one on the RPM alone...
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2374652&p=740045&hi ... pm#p740045

Hope they help you out.

On a side note ... any one explain the front line settings on the fuel (surf, freeride, wave) and how they affect the kite's power, turning and wind range? Tried to find a manual but no luck :)

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby can » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:37 pm

they have same open canopy shape.

rpm = fuel + bridles

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby jedi1 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:53 pm

frankm1960 wrote: On a side note ... any one explain the front line settings on the fuel (surf, freeride, wave) and how they affect the kite's power, turning and wind range? Tried to find a manual but no luck :)
Two settings on Fuel called wake and freestyle.

Wake setting means more grunt, more low-end power, slower turning, less depower, more pull during turns, more bar pressure.

Freestyle setting means the opposite :wink:

It is the same on every kite though. The closer you attach the front lines to the wing, tip the deeper the the kite sits in the wind window (wake setting) with all the consequences of it.

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby bortola » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:09 am

Both are excellent SS products.

Many things to consider when selecting one or another.

Size:
If you look for a light wind kite between both get the 14m RPM. The 13m Fuel is what you would ride if you were 220lbs when everyone else is on 12/11m.

If you want a high wind kite then it all comes to your ability to handle the gusts. If the wind you have is gusty I would go with the RPM.

Riding Style:
If you want to perform unhooked tricks then the fuel is a no brainer. The RPM is nice too by with the Fuel you don't have to trim at all which is a convenience.

Loops: I found both somewhat similar with the fuel getting deeper into the power zone.

Speed: Both Kites are relatively slow when into wakestyle setting. I didn't like the RPM into freestyle setting (not a lot of low end power).

Quiver: If you plan to have just 2 kites I would go with the RPM since it has more range (8M and 14m)

I personally have a quiver of Fuels and sometimes use a 12m and 6m RPM. I love my fuels and they are my first choice.

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby dandaka » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:27 pm

I've tested Fuel 2011 7m² and RPM 2012 9m².

Fuel has incredible slack after you get in the air — really nice for handlepasses. Relaunch is quite difficult comparing to RPM.

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby kitecozumel » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:51 pm

Fuels are one of the fastest relaunching C kites. Enough to challenge any "bow" kite :lol:

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby dandaka » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:55 pm

Can't understand, why people always compare Fuel to other C-kites when talking about relaunch.

Question is "Fuel vs RPM", and answer is "relaunch on Fuel sucks". Maybe its better than some other C-kites, but who cares?

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Re: Fuel vs RPM

Postby Laughingman » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:16 pm

All I know is that if you do not have Fuel, you will not be making any RPMs....:P


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