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7m or 9m rebel

Postby K1W1 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:12 am

I'm looking at getting a second kite for those windy days (+25 knots).I currently have a 08 12m rebel and am very impressed with the wind range so much so I'm not sure whether to get a 7m or 9m .The overlap of wind range stated on North’s web site for the 12m and 9m seems large, making the 7m a feasible option?.Also is their a large difference in the speed of the three kites .I mainly ride in choppy conditions using a underground 132 TT.I hope to get out in the surf a bit more but this will generally be on small light wind days until my kiting skills improve. Anyway would love to hear some feedback from rebel riders

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Postby Roel » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:59 am

I have the 7,9 and 12 m2 Rebels. The 7m Rebel 08 is without a doubt the most impressive kite in the range. I (88 kg) ride it starting 17/18 knots on a surfboard. You should certainly be ok using it from 25+.

You will be impressed by the 7m2! No problem to even use it earlier (let's say 20/22 knts)

Good luck wit your choice.
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Postby Lone Rider » Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:08 am

I have a rebel 08 9 and 12. Haven't ride the 12 yet as winds have been quite strong here (25-35 kts). However, the 9 over 30 knots doesn't fell confortable and was thinking on changing it for a 7, and there is less overlap with the 12 as well. (i don't like to fly bigger kites). I am 85kg and ride a 5'10'' surfboard and 134 element.

Does anyone one have any comments or experiences with a 2 kites quiver on Rebels? (9/12 or 7/12)

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Postby PAFF » Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:44 am

Only testet the 7-9 Rebel 08..

If yuo where on a surfboard in waves, you would love the 7, but on a TT from 7 - 12, is to big IMHO...

Get all 3.. :lol:

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Postby dazza5172 » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:24 am

Having ridden every size in 07 models and 10 & 14m in 08 models for some time now you simply need to ask yourself these questions:

How much do you weigh?
I wiegh 68 kg had 7m and 12m and the gap was large, coverable but inconvenient for super comfort in some winds. my mates all had 12m and 9m and this worked well for them at 80 - 90+ kg.

The 08 7m has more low end so you will be better off. I went to 10m 08 and therefore the 7 - 10m is good mix.

The 7m really starts to kick in over 25 knots, unless you are surfboard, but with twini it likes 25 - 39 (being the strongest I have ridden it in) the 9m 07 handles 35 knots by the other crew here. you will also be able to get onto the 9m earlier in less wind.

The 7m is flighty and will feel the on and off wind more.

so the other question is really what top end wind do you get? if it is over 30 regular then 7m but if you are talkign 20 - 30, go 9m
(I ride my 10m 08 in 20 - 30 all the time.

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Postby Hybridkiter » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:28 am

I have the 7/9/12 and ride a TT. For me, the 7/12 gap would be too big. This is not to say that it can't be done. But, there would be too many times out of hte "sweet spot" of either kite for me.

For what it's worth, the 9 is my favorite, but I think that has a lot to do with the wind I usually ride in: 15-30 mph. I would go 9/12, 7/10, or 7/9/12.

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Postby vasco » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:49 pm

Depending also on conditions where you ride.
I chose 10 and 7 but i only ride surfboards, mostly on a moderate to high wind spot.
12 and 9 will be a better choice for Twin-tips.

Ride safe :thumb:

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Postby dazza5172 » Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:19 am

Hybridkiter wrote:I have the 7/9/12 and ride a TT. For me, the 7/12 gap would be too big. This is not to say that it can't be done. But, there would be too many times out of hte "sweet spot" of either kite for me.

For what it's worth, the 9 is my favorite, but I think that has a lot to do with the wind I usually ride in: 15-30 mph. I would go 9/12, 7/10, or 7/9/12.
the 9 is a sweet kite,

I think the question now is rider weight and most prevelant wind riding in.

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Postby K1W1 » Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:03 am

Thanks for the advice. Sounds like the 9m is the go. I weigh 75-80kg and for 90% of the time the 12m will be fine(winds generally 12-20 knots).Just got to decided whether to spend the money on a kite that I might not use very much

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Postby Wawando » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:37 am

K1W1 wrote:Thanks for the advice. Sounds like the 9m is the go. I weigh 75-80kg and for 90% of the time the 12m will be fine(winds generally 12-20 knots).Just got to decided whether to spend the money on a kite that I might not use very much
If you are around 25 knots mark (20-30 knots) with TT, definitly go for the 9m.
At 30 knots (25-35) or more, go 7m or 6m.

And having overlap is good. Allows a more relaxed and consequently better riding.


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