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Author Topic: Some Rok questions (Tuning, launching, and framing)  (Read 2732 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2011, 08:56 PM »

Hi Everyone!

I usually check GWTW every morning so didn't see this thread until lots of advice had been offered. Thanks everyone for your comments.

First, Josiah, I don't have an email from you. When did you write about the rok? It is unusual for me to not answer emails within 24 hours no matter where I am. So if you write and don't hear back, something has gone missing.

The last batch of Gomb-kakus came in with slightly shorted center legs on the bridle. I've asked they be lengthened on the next run. (Welcome to mass production!!) For optimal performance, slide the "tow point" high on this section so the kite leans forward 15-20 degrees. We don't usually mark a main setting.

If you prefer, you can easily replace this bridle section, or I'll be happy to do it for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems. Will you be at Kite party? (I know you are in Southern Cal.)  I'm thinking of dropping in and would be happy to check things over on the beach.

Hope that helps!

David
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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2011, 06:39 AM »

Found Josiah's email - sent yesterday afternoon - in my spam filter and sent him a PM. Happy to answer any other questions.

David
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2011, 09:39 AM »

First, Talk to Dave Gomberg, he wrote the book on Rocs for US flyers and is a top ROC fighter.  Second, this is a kite designed and built for his company so he knows it.

I have one of his GomKocs and it flew great right out of the bag.

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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2011, 09:55 AM »

Thanks again for all the replies, especially nckiter and David.

In summary, the bridle was assembled correctly, it was just way out of tune when it arrived.  I should have been braver/smarter and kept sliding the tow point up and up until the kite flew.  Still, I think lengthening the central leg will make tuning it easier, so I plan to make that change myself.  The kite is really nice, and it is amazing that you can get such a large, fully appliquéd kite for such a fantastic price.  I'm sure this will join my other GKites as one of my favorites!

For the record, I have always asked David any questions I have related to his products first, and posted the same questions to the forum later.  While he always gets back with great, friendly advice, it's nice to get another perspective and this way the question also gets "documented" here at GWTW.



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