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North LTD Race board 2012

Postby ronnie » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:27 pm

A picture of what looks like the 70cm board - looks good. Its a tri-fin.
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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby Jose » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:07 am

Race LTD 69

1865mm
690mm
82lt
5,4 kg

Race LTD 59

1849mm
602mm
66lt
5,6 kg


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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby tautologies » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:02 am

Looks like the non production protons I saw in kailua. Tail was different

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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby wdric » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:39 pm

Jose wrote:Race LTD 69

1865mm
690mm
82lt
5,4 kg



I can confirm the board that turned up today in Australia today is 5.95kg
This is bare board with the foam foot pads in place (factory fitted), but no straps, fins or screws.
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The complete board with straps and 40cm fins is 8.45kg
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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby ronnie » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:21 pm

North's Production World Champion 2011, Steph Bridge testing one of the first 2012 LTDs


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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby bobbi o » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:50 am

Ron,can you explain,why your constantly tweaking the de-power when not in a race situ?

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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby ronnie » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:23 am

bobbi o wrote:Ron,can you explain,why your constantly tweaking the de-power when not in a race situ?


Hi Bobbi,

That's not me in the video, its Lee 'Pasty' Harvey from Cornwall in England, who is sponsored by North (I assume).

http://www.leepasty.co.uk/blog.html

I'm only at the stage of learning to ride a raceboard. At some stage, I may make a depower rope that I can reach easily to adjust the trim occasionally, but I dont expect to ever try to learn to trim with one hand while steering with the other.

As I understand it, steering with one hand while sheeting with the other is normal for sailors, so Johnny Heineken and Adam Koch as ex sailors are well used to it. The advantage is that they can keep the best stance to hold the most power and speed. Without the trimming rope, a rider has to lean in a lot to depower, so loses leverage and power. It would also tend to unsettle the board a bit. It would be something that would have to be practiced a lot in training until it could be done without thinking.

Like this.


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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby bobbi o » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:46 am

Great, i'm just mastering the tack,next i have to pretend i'm sailing a boat !

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Re: North LTD Race board 2012

Postby ronnie » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:01 pm

My idea on it for a non-racer, would be to have a swivel at the bottom of the front lines and below that a pulley for the trim rope.

At the bottom of the trim rope would be a cleat at the top of a single powerline which would go through the bar to a ring clipped into a quick release (Wichard?) on the spreader bar.

The trim rope goes from the top of the cleat, up over the pulley and down through the cleat, with a long enough tail for the required adjustment. At the bottom of the tail would be a loop of rope that went around the bar and back up to the tail. Idea being that whichever way the bar is, you grab the loop on top of the bar and pull the tail to adjust the trim, and the swivels allow the cleat to spin in line with the pull.

The powerline would be only as long as was comfortable to sheet the bar and its lower end would be very close to the spreader bar (no hook). The trim line would also be the minimum length for trimming the biggest kite it has to work with (given the smaller trimming movement of the control bar).

Plan is to trim with the bar without bending much, and any more than that, you have to move the trim range with the cleated rope to keep it within the range of bar movement, so the loop has to be very easy to access and use.

It could also be done instead of a cleat by using a depower strap and a pull/pull system where you have a red ball on one half of the loop for depower and a black ball on the other for more power. Probably using a thin piece of elastic rope to keep the loop half below the bar within easy reach.


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