Pulleys were added when LEIs went from typically 4 direct connected lines to SLEs and bow kites which all had some sort of a bridle.southflorida wrote:A couple of large manufacturers have removed most or all pulleys from certain models of 2014 kites, claiming things like "more direct feel", "improved flying and acceleration" and other good things.
Of course, none of the manufacturers say anything negative about removing the pulleys. I was not in tune back in the mid 2000's when pulleys were added to bridles, so what was the point of adding the pulleys? And why has it taken until 2014 models to remove them?
only thing which 4 line kite with pulleys do better is flagging on two front lines. you can not fully flag fixed bridled kite without making bridles very long.southflorida wrote:...If I buy a new model that now comes with no pulleys, what can I expect to lose in terms of performance? The manufacturers tell me what I gain with no pulleys, but not what I will lose.
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