I'm riding RPMs for few months. They are really nice kites, but some things are super annoying. I want to share my list of quickfixes, that can improve this kite a lot. Hope SS will listen to this feedback.
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1. Depower construction
You have to admit, this construction is simply bad design. I have seen quite a few of SS kites riders, all of them are pointing on this part as a biggest flaw in SS bar. Not even one was happy with it. It is not a matter of taste — it is really difficult to depower kite with such tool. You need to put 2x more effort, comparing to above-the-bar system.2. Depower rope starts to wear pretty fast
I've seen this picture on 4 RPM 2012 (2 mine, 2 of my friend). Maybe additional reinforcement here?3. Velcro starts to open after 3 month of use
Connection of donkey dick to bar with velcro is not a good idea. After some use velcro starts to peel of. Maybe something different?4. Tubes are opening without effort
Every 5 session I fix all rubber pipes, because they start to open. I spend 3-5 minutes to do this. Why can't you put something more solid here, like rigid plastic connectors? (see North)5. Plastic buckle on rubber tubes is always open after session
I crash my kite a lot. So every time I land my kite, all buckles are opened. There should be better ways to lock these tubes.6. Valve is always open after session
After every session inflation valve looks like this. Kite is usually deflated because of it. Again check North and other brands, that solved this issue with better closing tools.Spinner on lines doesn't work after 50% of my jumps
Ok, it still better, than other systems. It works in 50% of jumps. But other 50% is still annoying — I have to put donkey dick back, pull the center lines, untwist spinner, kite is depowered and stalling...
That is all from me. I think all these issues are easy and cheap to fix, they can improve perception of this kite greatly.