What is the difference between control bar sizes, and why would certain riders prefer longer or shorter bars?
In general, it might be thought that longer bars are for larger kites. However, this isn’t always the case.
Longer bars make the kite turn faster for a given input. Big air riders prefer a larger bar as it allows you to have absolute control over the kite and steer it with one hand. Some big air riders will use up to a 60cm bar on a kite as small as a 5m in order to do certain moves. On the other hand, freestyle and wakestyle riders use the smallest bar possible, even on larger size kites as it allows them to perform unhooked passes without oversteering the kite
Roughly 4-9m kites use 45-50cm bars, 9-12m kites use 50-60cm bars, and 12-17m kites would use 60cm bars.
Is there a difference in the weights between models? What is the difference when riding?
Yes, The Ride control bar is the lightest in our range as it does not feature a PU covered depower line or adjustable bar length. This is an advantage for traveling.
The Team control bar is slightly heavier than the Ride bar as it features the PU covered depower main lines and bearing swivel. It also uses a heavier duty construction for those massive loops.
What are the changes to the Ride bar?
The Ride bar has a tiny change to the EVA grip, with some embossed oval shapes to make them a bit more grippy, along with a refined adjustable throw cleat.
What makes the Team bar more premium, and what is the difference when riding?
The Team Bar has PU covered depower main lines, an updated bearing IQR and more line length options. The PU is less abrasive on the fingers and leads to a longer lifespan of the depower main line. The newly updated bearing IQR operates more freely and can be untwisted with minimal effort.
The Team bar also comes in a 45cm option, which when coupled with its duel PU covered depower main line is the ideal wakestyle bar.