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Fuel 2003 for up to 30 knots?

Postby CHU » Mon May 26, 2003 12:37 pm

Which one to choose - 7.0 m or 9.0 m for up to 30 knots?

Been on Sligshot's site, but it's not updated. Hence the question.

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Postby Disco D » Mon May 26, 2003 2:07 pm

I have the 11 & 15 Fuel. I max out on the 11 Fuel at 28-32MPH(27-29kts) but i am extremely lit.

I have heard some team riders say that the 9 Fuel is preferred over the 7 if you must ride the Fuel.

I weigh 160lbs and ride 135cm TT. I have ordered but not used the 9 GTO for days when winds are a solid 30.

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Postby inspiron » Mon May 26, 2003 2:45 pm

Myself being around 87kg, with SS SX series board, I ride Fuel 9 up to 30 knots. Very comfortable until 28 knots.

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Postby Foxi » Mon May 26, 2003 3:39 pm

Do the Fuels still have no valve stopper balls in the small struts - even in the smallest sizes ? I find it hard keeping pressure whiles closing the valve in the smaller struts and my girl friend can´t rigg this kite without my assistance .. ;-(

any advise ?

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Postby inspiron » Mon May 26, 2003 3:44 pm

No stopper balls in 2003 models. Anyway, as once Johnny TBKS said: it's just a matter of training ;)

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Postby sq225917 » Tue May 27, 2003 5:46 pm

many of the pros swop down to gto's below a 11m size.
must be a damn good reason for it, slower more predictable kites.......

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Postby slashy » Wed May 28, 2003 11:09 am

gto's are not slower, they are actually faster (ideal for waveriding since you can let them turn on their own axis). but they are much less brutal in gusts. ideal for gusty, choppy high wind conditions.

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Postby toyletbowl » Wed May 28, 2003 2:48 pm

SQ,

What's up with the advise lately? I've had the pleasure to ride the SS 13m GTO along with the Fuels in the similar sizes (11m,13m) and the speed of the GTO's are fast. Johnny is spot on in his advise. You also were off the mark in another post on the 13m fuel for a 60 kg rider in stronger winds. The 13m GTO can handle those winds better and the gusts are smoothed out.

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Postby Pablo » Wed May 28, 2003 5:57 pm

I dont know what they have done with the bladders
in my 2001 ss, I only have to press gentle the small tube where the pump hose is attached, and that is enough to stop the air from coming out.
but the ones of the 2003 one, are just too stiff, so the best way we found to keep pressure is to have an assistant to deatach the pump hose, so you can close it fast

IMHO there's no need of a valve as long as this small tube is soft enough.
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Yeah

Postby chicagokitesurfer » Wed May 28, 2003 6:31 pm

Pablo, yeah. The valves are a bit thicker, but also more durable as a result. If you have to, just put your fingertip over the valve hole when you pull the pump out, then quickly switch your fingertip with the valve plug to close it. Hardly any air comes out that way, either. Or get yourself a squeeze toy to build up your grip! :o

I can squeeze all mine shut so no air leaks, but when it gets colder, it does get harder to do this.

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