Seems like the leash and pull strap are REALLY far away though. I suppose you still need the depower strap for unhooked launching as well, and with the pulleys there's no option of oh shit handles on the rear lines which I kind of like especially for stalling the kite for landing etc.
When I work-out all the measurements on my bars, I basically begin by placing the pull-strap as far away as possible while still being within reach without too much of a stretch. My reasoning for this is simple--it provides maximum depower potential. My main issue with this pulley bar design right now is that the TE and LE line pressure equalizes before the kite fully stalls, which prevents me from some favorite manoevers such as trolling for waves moving upwind very slowly (in a full stall) or backing the kite deep into the window to pass downwind of another kiter that has right-of-way. I have a couple of ideas on how to elegantly solve this problem and will be trying them out soon . . . . I will post the results.
Another question on the bar: Why couldn't you dump 95% of the power with a regular bar set up using the depower strap? And why did you modify the orginal SS TD bar as opposed to just using it stock?
You can, and I do that with my other custom bar (see attached photo). However, in gusty winds, or when a wave gives you a quick board speed boost (thus quickly generating extra lift on the kite) It's very awkward to effectively use a manual strap to make on-the-fly adjustments. The pictured non-pulley bar does give me huge depower, but I have to use a less than optimal stance (knees bent, arm fully extended) to access it quickly in up-and-down or gusty winds.
BTW, on the orginal review I noticed you said range: 10-30, what are you doing in 10 knots with it? I think even with a skim the low end is more like 13knots right?
I can actually ride my V16 in 10-30 knots (did it the other day w/the pulley bar), but I think you directed this question at the original poster. I own a V16 and a V10, and, IMHO, there isn't that much different in the bottom end needed on waves to stay upwind (maybe 15 mph vs. 18 mph). On the top-end, though, the V10 just keeps going and going and going . . .