The short answer is no, the steering is unaffected. The longer answer is to say that we ship the bar with Liros's newest DC 401 lines which offer unparalleled stiffness and lack of stretch combined with their HD rating of 1275lbs / 580 kgs so steering input is snappy and crisp.
Specific to the mechanics of the bar, they are pretty simple. The winder is held in place under tension so that each quarter turn of the knob the bracket rises up a slope and then snaps into place on the pawl to lock the rotation in. To depower, you bump the winder, which pushes the bracket away from the pawl and the knob can spin free. The bracket is always under tension, so it's resting position is Locked and the rear lines are held under tension by the Helix Force tension system, so even when the kite isn't flying, the rear leader lines are held under tension to prevent free spooling inside the bar. All of this means that there is no play, at all, with the rear lines that would affect steering input.
You nailed it. We made the potential throw at least half a foot longer than any possible human could reach in order to give riders unlimited options in how far up they wanted to set the stopper.
Lindseym,lindseym wrote: ↑Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:57 pmLooks like a solid bar and definitely something that I would be interested in trying out. A few questions - how is it tuned, where's the split point, and most important, is there any possibility of creating a microloop upgrade kit for this bar ? If so I would buy one right out. Yes, the bar is a little pricey but the price tag on most bars these days is high. Personally, I would rather spend a few extra hundred to get something that I really enjoy.
Happy to help you find a local demo, just hit me up with a PM if you can't find a local retailer who has them yet.
Regarding your questions: The tuning is handled with a wide assortment of pigtails we have included with the bar. We decided this was the cleanest way to handle this vs having line adjustment leader ends above the Helix tension system. The split is immediately above the PU, so about 10' or 3m from the bar. Currently, the quick release and chicken loop we have on the bar is the only option we endorse but the system is not terribly complicated if you were to experiment with it.