Kitedude wrote:As for the lines, there standard line supplied with 99% of kite out there, they probably got caught on a fin, shell etc,
Well, maybe more like 50%. And I feel sorry for all the guys out there that have no idea that there are better lines available. How would they know if they use the same brand or bar for years? It's hard to see the difference in the photo, but these are nothing like the lines that my Naish or Windwing kites had. The other thicker, softer lines are more supple and don't tangle as easily when you're walking your lines out. They're not nearly as scary to hold in your hand (when flagging a kite, etc.) because they're not as knife-like as these skinny, waxy lines. And most importantly, they're tougher. I'm not suggesting that Ocean Rodeo has the worst lines in the business. As you said, they're the same lines that lots of other companies use - the "B" quality lines. They're weak.
I'm sure you're right about the fin, shell, etc. theory. But I've done that dozens of times with my other lines - bad enough to actually feel it when it's happening - and never have I seen a line cut through like that. Abrasion, yes. But a cut? Nope. Years of abuse. Sure, there's always the chance that this was just some freak accident, but the fact that I thought the lines seemed weak from the beginning makes that less plausible to me. (take a look at my first post above)
Dwarf, I'm glad you were able to do the upgrade yourself. But with the way things have gone, I'm not totally convinced that you've even got the same depower line that I have. At one point, I was told the new setup would use a different line. I'll try again tomorrow and post a photo of the rope next to the stopper so you can see the difference in diameter. Hard to imagine how that rope would squeeze through that hole with what I'm looking at.
But again, why am I even doing this upgrade myself, months after I bought the bar? The main issue is don't sell a product that isn't as advertised. One of the main reasons I wanted this bar was because of the new stopper. What if Cabrinha had advertised the original Crossbow, but then delivered a bunch of kites without bridles? Months later, the bridle arrives in the mail and you attach it yourself.