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My Pansh A15 15m bar and lines ?

Postby opie » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:06 pm

Fully powered up/ trim out, bar against chicken loop, my leaders would all be equal, except there is an extra 8 inch/20 cm (red) piece added before the front lines. This was on the "ready to fly version" 15m. It seems to fly fine, as far as I know as a beginner foil kiter, but I am curious. Don't most kites use equal lines? Is this something they added to get the kite in the right tune? If so, I assume I will need to add something to my new 12m A15 to use with my new ozone race bar. How do I determine the length? I vaguely remember a post about adjusting trim by the amount of back stall but I can't find it now.


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Re: My Pansh A15 15m bar and lines ?

Postby NorthernKitesAus » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:35 am

Hi mate. I have the PANSH Aurora 12m, so please take these comments with a grain of salt, but they may help you out, because I've had to tune the bridles to get the kite to work.
Firstly, lets' be clear and honest here: Pansh kites are NOT made from the same quality and bridle tuning you get from Ozone or Flysurfer kites. They are in effect, poor versions of those kites and will require you to adjust things. Like they say, you get what you've paid for.
Having said that, when I first got the kite it had that extra little bit of pigtail length on the front bridles, and I too wondered WTH? But as you said, I tried the kite straight out of the bag and it flew fine (yeah fine alright in sub 10 knots of wind), but when I took her in 18knots of real wind, the kite did play around a lot, especially when it hindenburghed out of the sky several times.
I used a Naish BTB (behind the bar) type bar, with equal 4-lines. I made sure the lines were all equal and the bar was tuned.
So when the kite flunked around, I realised it's not the bar and lines. It has to be the kite.
This is where you'll have to do trial and error.
Pick a moderate wind day, say max 15knots.
Fly the kite straight out of the bag, but get a friend to video tape it for you, with zooming especially on the bridles. I don't know if the A15 has the same bridle system, but if it has the two pulleys like the Aurora, then take special note of the way the pulleys move when you turn the kite.
Do they look even?
Do they move in unison when turning the kite?
Do they show slack bridles behind them when under load? So in other words, is the pulley pulling one top half of the kite more than the bottom?
Note the canopy. Are there any wrinkles? Folds? Anywhere along the canopy that looks like it's been pulled too hard or pinched by the bridles?
All these things will determine whether you need to adjust and WHAT to adjust.
The first thing I did after seeing my kite fly was extend the front lines on the bridles to remove slack from the back lines.
This stopped the hinderburg effect.
Next thing I noticed was the kite would collapse into a bow tie, so I noticed the bridles on one side were not the same as on the other.
One in particular was coming out of the C line and was more torque or tighter than the same line on the other side.
So I took them apart, measured them and sure enough one was 3cm shorter!
Replaced it with a longer line (spare parts department!), and voila the kite flies like a dream now.

So for the price of Pansh, they are "good" kites, don't get me wrong, but they do need special attention. And patience.
Eventually you'll get it to fly very nicely and even get better low end from it too.

Good luck

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Re: My Pansh A15 15m bar and lines ?

Postby foilholio » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:59 am

Most kites are trimmed to not have backstall with the bar fully in, this all revolves around the lines being even with them. I personally think backstall is very useful on kites especially foils. All kites go out of trim as to gain backstall rather quickly as the rear lines shrink. This is why they have trim adjustments :-). Or should I say the bar is adjustable in and out :-). The trim adjustment just really changes where the bar sits and what it's limits are. What you really want to do with any kite is just fly and use the trimmer first to find a comfortable range and position for your bar. If you run out of trim adjustment -> then you add knots or pigtails.

I "think from memory" most Pansh's don't use even lines, so you will need to modify other brand lengths a bit for them, either at the kite of bar.

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Re: My Pansh A15 15m bar and lines ?

Postby opie » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:28 pm

Looking back, one of my repeated mistakes is backstalling the kite in the middle of a dive, killing the power. I thought this was user error, but maybe I need a little less backstall. Also, the kite flies best, totally trimmed in with bar all the way out. This gives me the most power. While I was replacing the chicken loop I gave myself an extra couple inches of bar throw, and removed the 8 inch extension, so now the front lines are 6 inches shorter than they were, i.e. 2 inches longer than the back lines. I'll try this and bring a pigtail to extend it a bit if needed.
I think since it flies very stable the bridles are okay, I just need the trim adjusted.
Thanks guys, Chris

P.S. Turns out the Pansh line set is all even, but there is a 3/4 inch difference in the length of the steering line leaders on the bar.

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