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Author Topic: Transition of the NTK Desire UL  (Read 739 times)
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Dano
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« on: November 23, 2009, 09:45 PM »

I had a current model of New Techs Desire that was framed in all pultruded, and it only had 2 stand-offs.
I just  purchased an older one at has wrapped spreaders (g-force skinnys) and 3 stand-offs.

I can't wait to fly it and make my own comparisons but the older model looks as if it might be a better flyer, and the current changes might have been only for cost savings to the manufacturing.

Anyone flown both models and have their own comparisons?
I expect i'll have only vented weather for the next few weeks, since i'm anxious to try it out.  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2009, 07:17 AM »

I have the newer version of the Desire UL and it is framed in .1570 carbon.  Flys well in light wind but I find it extremely flexible and it takes a bit of adjustment for me and my heavy handed inputs before I can get the most out of it.

Here is something I copied off of the NTK forums long ago discussing some mods to the current Desire UL.  I was always going to do this but never got around to it.   It seems to confirm that your kites setup is one option or may have been a standard setup at one time.

Most recently, I've replaced the lower spreaders with Avia SUL Skinnys. I cut these to the same length as the stock spreaders (just be sure to cut the Skinny's on the narrower end that is tapering). I took a 4" solid carbon internal ferrule made for the skinny, and, with some dish soap as lubrication, I was able to slide it through the hole on the current center T. I glued one c clip onto each skinny near the thicker end (that is, the end that is at the center t) and then larksheaded a single rubber tensioning band to both skinnys just beyiond the c clip. This band then holds the lower spreaders snug against the center T. The only other thing you need are four spreader-to-standoff connectors for the lower spreader. The skinny will fit into the leading edge connectors that the kite currently has. The skinny is considerably stiffer than the stock spreaders, and I've found this set-up to make the kite a bit more trick friendly (but don't expect the difference to be radical).

Food for thought....

jim
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