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Title: Acrobatx weights
Post by: Whereisthewind on July 29, 2010, 09:15 AM
Hi,

This somewhat is a follow up on the XCELTwo post from earlier but now turns on to the Acrobatx...

Just got off the phone with the folks that sell the XCELTwo...they placed orders for them but haven't had an order filled in over a year...so no luck on a new one...anyway, they told me that is very similar to an Acrobatx...oh, wait, I do have one of those!...so no need to hunt one of those mystery kites down...although I still think the yellow XCEL is awesome looking...

Anyway, here is my Acrobatx question: The guy on the phone told me that you can "turn the Acrobatx into a real crazy trick machine by putting both weights on the trailing edge"...stupid me, forgot to ask WHERE exactly on the trailing edge to put them and how to put them on...so if you have any idea where the weights should go...

Thought I'd post this question so all Acrobatx owners could potentially benefit...unless I am the only one who has not yet put the weights there... :)

Thanks!

Christian


Title: Re: Acrobatx weights
Post by: Dolphinboy on July 29, 2010, 09:45 AM
The Acrobatx is already pretty crazy trick machine. I'm not sure I would want to make it more so.


Title: Re: Acrobatx weights
Post by: Steve Hall on July 29, 2010, 12:37 PM
pretty sure they were talking about putting weights on the spine


Title: Re: Acrobatx weights
Post by: kiten00b on July 29, 2010, 01:00 PM
didn't the Acrobatx come with a cylindrical weight on the end of the spine?
seemed tricky enough to me


Title: Re: Acrobatx weights
Post by: Whereisthewind on July 29, 2010, 06:58 PM
Yes, the Acrobatx comes with two removable spine weights...I was just intrigued by what the kite-guy told me about putting them "on the trailing edge"...being a newbie, I thought there is some secret out there for tuning the Acrobatx by perhaps putting them somewhere near the stand-offs - stupid really now that I think about it...guess I just have to learn to fly this thing instead of thinking that one day it will roll itself into a yo-yo because I put some weight somewhere...

Thanks all,

Christian


Title: Re: Acrobatx weights
Post by: Dolphinboy on July 29, 2010, 09:13 PM
Christian,

Not stupid at all. Most weight will be used on the spine and it's usually on or near the tail. But people have tried putting weight lots of places on trick kites. I'm sure somewhere on the TE too.

If you start messing around with weights before you understand the kite you'll likely just make things worse for yourself. Some tricks are easier with added weight but overall there are no corners to be cut in the learning curve by adding weights. Weight can make a big difference in how the kite handles and tricks but it's not always a positive difference. Once you have decent control of the kite, adding / removing wieghts can help dial in the kite for your own style of flying.

James