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 Post subject: One 16
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:59 pm 
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I've had about 8 days on the 16m one now and here's what I think:
PROS: Easy to fly. The transition from my former C to this Bow was pretty quick. Very smooth "glide-like" sensation working through the wind window. Turns relatively quick when powered up. I'm about 200 lbs and on a 138cm Jimmy Lewis "Bitch Witch" I can go upwind at about 11-12mph. The sweet zone for me is 14-23mph. I've not flown in conditions stronger than 23mph, but it was doing great at 23 and I imagine 25mph would be entirely managable. I've ridden it (downwind) to about 7 or 8mph. At those speeds it does not fall out of the sky, but you will need to keep it moving. I'm not much of a jumper, but it seems to do fine in that regard with nice cushy landings. Appropriate bar pressure - you'll know where the kite is without being fatigued. The punch-up bar is definately cool. It's a great system to maximize the kite's depower capabilities since it's so easy to reset the stopper. Self land/launch takes a little practice, but is completely doable. Relaunch is easy but must be done before the kite gets too far to the edge of the wind window. It likes to relaunch a little "hot".
CONS: Although the overall build quality is quite good, I think they skimped a little on the line they used to make the pig tails, leaders, chicken loop etc. out of. It's too slippery - adjustment knots have moved under load. It also seems to fray easily. The amount of wear and tear I have on these lines after less than 20 hours of use is a little disturbing. Seven struts plus no one-pump system equals long set up time. One more thing; make sure that the kite is moving when near the ground/water level. It's so flat it won't generate much lift there.
OVERALL: The kite is really fun to fly - pure pleasure when powered up. The more I fly it the more I like it. I hope they replace the leader line material. OR's local tech rep is genuinely concerned and open to suggestions, so I'm optimistic that he will help me out if that line gets to bad. :thumb:


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 Post subject: OR one bridle mod
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:43 am 
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Just made the recommended bridal mod for the 16m One and it makes the kite turn much faster! If you have a One, definately check out http://www.oceanrodeo.com/forum.html and get the info about the mod. Highly recommended!!! :goodluck:


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