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« on: Yesterday at 05:09 PM »

I have been trying to understand the Rev bridle. Trying to compare to direct connect to the frame like on the indoor. 

There are 3 bridle lines two vertical and one horizontal.  The verticals are the main control. But why connect them together.  What does that do.  It does not change the dynamic as far as I can tell and it might soften the control but why.   The same question applies to  the horizontal.  Is this a structural issue to distribute forces?

Would appreciate any opinions or facts.

I am doing a little experimentation on a Zen for short lines.

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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 06:28 PM »

There are four parts; the centre loop is an integral part of limiting flex and a certain amount of "wiggle". Don't forget that as soon as the sail loads it becomes a 3D shape.

Connecting direct to the vert rods reduces the control you have on sail loading. Yes you will get more responsiveness but loose wind range.

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« Reply #2 on: Today at 01:31 AM »

Force distribution, control of structure and (the one most forget) a means of 'gearing' to translate handle inputs into frame inputs. As a subset of the gearing aspect you could say it also adjusts the force vector applied.

Nothing wrong with a direct connect at all, it's like a fixed gear bicycle. You lose the ability to limit and control the frame structure and distribute forces across the wing, but if you're talking Zen and short lines I'm guessing you won't be experiencing unexpected impulse forces.

Just add short pigtails to the verticals and leave the bridle in place, that way you can switch back and forth for head to head comparisons to see what your preference is in the given circumstance.

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