Have people ridden production versions of this yet?
How does it handle center line twists (from downlooping on ocean runs)?
I saw the North version last week and the build looked to be pretty nice, but I like how all the lines on the OR version are exposed for easy cleaning and maintenance. Have some concern that fine sand could bind up in the knob and be tough to clean out.
Is it a turn to depower and repower? On the North one (which was news to me) you turn the crank to power it, but to depower it you smack the button in the center of the knob and it depowers with each hit. That made good sense to me as you can more easily spill power in a sustained gust event.
In any case, it looks good. Be curious to read real rider feedback.
Had my first run on one today, nice clean bar and light in the hand.
Sand didn't worry it at all, I changed from a 9.5 to an 8 and had the bar covered in sand, it still worked fine - I did dunk it in the water on my way out though to be sure, checked and it was all clean.
Centre line twists no drama, the swivel is actually easier to use as John mentioned (not automatic), as is the trim mechanism. Twist 1/4 turn to power and bump or twist 1/4 turn to depower. This also worked fine on the beach with no line tension. Once you get used to the position of the knob it is quite easy to depower without taking your hand off the bar at all. I was interested as to how hard it would be to wind the knob when under load, but it is surpisingly easy to turn.
andylc - I have used the North Clicker bar as well, also a nice piece of kit - the OR bar is very easy to see any wear or damage on everything, and all the components and internals can fully dry out. It looks as if it would be quite easy to replace the winder and lines if required. It does seem more natural to me using the winder on the OR Stick Shift Bar rather reaching on the side of the bar but that is personal and negligible to the function of them both.
Lines looked (and are) good quality and easy to untangle, the bar came with a set of different sized pigtails.
The stopper worked well, easy to use and slide but held the bar when set.
Bar diameter and grip was nice.
QR works well and besides the different front line swivel it looks the same set up as the Control Bar.
Another run tomorrow perhaps - so far impressed.