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« on: September 14, 2009, 11:45 AM »

With a little searcing it seems that Stephen had updated the kite in 2008.  Now does anyone have input about this kite?  I know a demo went around, but that information was lost in the old forum.

Anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 02:59 PM »




flew like a transfer xtr with a bit more pull on the handles
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 03:18 PM »

It had a concave leading edge and a strange looking bridle. And it flew very, very straight lines but would spin quickly on a hard pull IIRC. It's as if the bridle had 2 different turn settings. For small inputs the kite wouldn't react much, so the lines were very clean. But if you pulled past some magic amount, the kite became very turn responsive.  Huh

The Las Vegas crew liked the way it flew and tricked, but weren't keen on the kite's looks. Last I remember, it had stalled when one person loaned it to another who was not on the list. Aaron Champie had it for a while after us.

Bridle close-up link
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2009, 05:08 PM »

Look at that bridle!

Now I'm even more intrigued...
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009, 05:31 PM »

It was Rob Autry's and was being sent around for folks to demo, sign, and send on. It did get stuck in someone's bag and I'm not sure if Rob ever saw it again.

Rob?
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2009, 06:12 PM »

I thought he got it back eventually.

The idea was to fly it, sign it, and send it on.

That got lost in translation somewhere.

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009, 07:14 PM »

Rob got it back at TI, FL might have been 08.  There were witnesses present and pictures taken and posted on the old site.   
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 05:50 AM »

Why not ask Stephen (Versteegh) , the new European champion 2 lines, himself?
www.designkites.com
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2009, 07:32 AM »

Jon T at skyburner has one. its his i think. dark blue, black, grey.
It flies heavy from what i remember, loves to be on its back.
Not a great turn radius. not great squares. just a trick kite with a fair amount of pull.
I didn't like the kite personally, I flew it 3 or 4 times. 'not really my style.
I really like what he did to the upper spreader though, with the hole in the sail so you never have to worry about rubbing through
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2009, 09:12 AM »

I tired to find contact info, but the site is a little screwy.  Oh well...
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2009, 10:28 AM »

I tired to find contact info, but the site is a little screwy.  Oh well...

Did you try:  info AT designkites dot com?


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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2009, 12:17 PM »

I really like what he did to the upper spreader though, with the hole in the sail so you never have to worry about rubbing through

IIRC that's also a trait of some Level One and possibly some HQ kites.  On the Thor's Hammer you look at the size of the spine and upper spreader and realize the fabric at the cross point never would have stood a chance  Wink 

Rub patch?  we don't need no stinkin' rub patch.  Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2009, 01:52 PM »


Did you try:  info AT designkites dot com?


Denny

Yessir, didn't get a response, *sigh* oh well again...
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2009, 02:01 PM »

Looking at this design, it makes sense as well in that the upper spreader does not need to be detached from the kite for the kite to be rolled up.
I have an HQ Bebop that has this design for the lower spreader and while it is slightly ungainly, I do not worry about losing the spreader.

I wonder though why a highly abrasive resistant material like Kevlar would not be used at that spot.

Cheers,
Sean

BTW, that DEfine is a nice looking kite.
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2009, 02:07 PM »

adx1592,

The DEfine we flew had excellent precision, sharp corners an a fairly tight spin radius.

I'm wondering if the bridle you had was altered.
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