Just scratch beneath the surface, there's lots cool about Core and compare to a Fuel, it's US Muscle car over European Hi Tech Engineering, Mustang v Audi R8, or Porche..
Well, not that kites and cars are much for comparison, but bullshit marketing is simply that and ubiquitous in the kite game, "Hi Tech" European brands included...... maybe even more so. (the fuel doesn't have the word precision currently on its manufacturers web page..... the GTS 3..... uses it three times on the same page)
My point was more that fuels have been at the very top of the performance game in THIS sport for going on 14? years and continue to be amongst kites that set a benchmark that all other kite companies/marketing departments emulate. I think we can all agree, Ferarri/Porche are kind of the simple icons of performance cars. Kites and cars are not comparable, but icons are. Not many car companies market their mustang like handling and precision feel! Core has a ways to go before they reach icon status in this sport and tho it might suit their marketing needs to claim European super car/kite engineering in their techno speak, simply marketing their hybrid as having a "future C Shape" and "C-kite feeling at its very best", does not make it a Porsche, I mean Ferrari, sorry, I mean C kite
When claiming both models they make as exceptional in all facets of the sport and touting engineering feats that have been standard equipment since the first Legaignoux patents, its hard to think of them as anything more than a pretty fast Honda that only comes in one paint job.
Your point should be more that Fuel riders have been at the top of the performance game and of course they're currently queuing up to ride the bridled Fuel this fall - not and the way the RPM frictionless bridle was shipped and not recalled could have been handled better, lots of riders hung out to dry with another Slingshot warranty nightmare and dealers stuck with the problem.
You need to see, touch and fly one rather than dribbling into your keyboard, my bet? I know at least two markets where more GTS3's than Fuels will be demanded by riders that want a little more for their money. Slingshot will need to look to their Laurels if Core ever gets traction stateside, taking out North in their home market, yeah like that happened with no grounds in product reality.
It's just progress now and again a new brand shows up and folk want it, are very happy with what they ride and tell others. No Lenten, No Youri Zoon, No Ben Wilson, Jeff Tobias Martin Vari, or all the guys who made Slingshot (they don't seem to hold onto them why is that?).
So the deal with Core? One to watch and one to definitely try if you get chance, did I hear Real are selling them now? What do they think?