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Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby dejavu » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:43 am

Second use of my new Cabrinha Contra 17M and the leading edge bladder blew. When investigated I found three blown holes and two more that were stretched ready to go. Inflation was normal as was handling. NOT happy. Anyone else experiencing issues?

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby heinzbush » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:37 am

strange... my Contra still going strong, in fact all my 2014 Cabs are going strong... also never heard of any issues.

Did you buy from a dealer / shop? Did you speak to them yet?

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby dejavu » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:31 am

Yes the kite was purchased from a dealer and I have raised the issue with Cabrinha. I expect a whole lot more when you pay good money for a new kite. These are not cheap.
I have a friend that today used his Contra for the second time, also a 17M, and it also had a bladder blowout. Small hole ij the leading edge also near the wingtip. He was not happy also. When I learnt of this I shared my experience just a few days ago. Too much of a coincidence. I would be interested to see if others are experiencing the same issue.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby docjibe » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:26 pm

Same issue, blew out near wingtip on my new 15M after just a few inflations.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby experienced1 » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:29 pm

dejavu:

was your bladder issue also near the wing tip?
steve

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby fogmeister » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:52 pm

we had this on a 2013 vector at the tip......apparently some defect when stitching or gluing the kite ....after the fix wont happen again......maybe same issue with contra.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby windrupted » Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:49 am

Odd that you go straight onto a public forum and whinge rather than deal with your dealer to have it repaired.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby windrupted » Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:52 am

It is very rare to have a new kite blow out for no reason. Where do you kite?

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby dejavu » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:48 am

Windrupted...... for your info the matter has been referred to the manufacturer so don't be so presumptuous. A forum of this nature is good to share experiences, issues, concerns, etc. What value are you adding with your comments!!! Others seem to have issues also so let's here about these.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17M bladder issues

Postby eree » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:34 am

blow outs and stretching near the wing tips? sounds like they didn't fit the bladder in the LE sleeve properly in the factory. if there is space enough for bladder to expand it will blow out.

i always inflate my new kite for the first time half way and give a good "massage" to all bladders just to place them right in their sleeves. and i make sure the bladder film doesn't show from the strut tips and wing tips.
they claim they inflate every kite at the factory before shipping, but i have seen new kite with the bladder peeking out of the wing tip.


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