Oldnbroken wrote:I compared two very similar bridled C kites recently.
One with a pulley and one with no pulley.
The one with the pulley had better low end and better top end.
The canopy must have been designed to give more bottom end, because they knew the pulley would allow more depower on the top.
Pulleys are also a good way to "fix" a kite if you don't design it exactly right, it will balance itself in the air properly with the pulley as the bridle slides around. I don't think cabrinha ever does that but I suspect that's the reason bridles are on some other kites. With a fixed bridle you have to get it exactly right so it takes more effort from the design team.
Starsky wrote: Pulleys in bridles are a way to open up the range parameters for the kite to remain stable at end ranges and allow it to balance load on the various tow points. With a fixed bridle your obviously going to get uneven loading of tow points at different angles of attack. Sure you can make a kite work like that, but you can also go ride a McDonalds tray.
We've had this "true or pure C kite" discussion for years now, so I won't argue for too long about it.DirkGently wrote:C kite with a bridle involving pulleys isn't a true C kite.
Or, pray tell, which bridled "C kites" did you try?
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