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Postby kitesurf-ripper » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:46 am

Dookz wrote:
WestCoastkiter wrote:
toddjb123 wrote:What? You're high
I think that maybe your high if you think that the 06's were kick ass kites. I think they sucked, and I was a C kiter until last month.
06' Fuels sucked? How about you type Ruben Lenten in google, you may be oddly surprised at his success not only in the earlier PKRA events before he dropped out due to ankle injuries but also his general kickass kiting. Kiteworld magazine voted him the best freestyle kiteboarder in the world. Don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming that Ruben is awesome because of his kites, but his kites certainly don't let him down.

I've seen him pop higher, boost higher, kiteloop harder with his "sucky" 06 Fuels than any other pro rider on any other brand out there.

As far as I'm concerned, Fuels are super smooth kites with a very nice power delivery feeling. You always know where they are in the sky and are friendly to use without compromising performance when requested. Combine this with possibly the toughest construction on the market atm and the original one pump design and you have one hell of a kite.

Of course I'm probably just wasting my fingers typing this. If I remember correctly you started a thread encouraging people to sell all their kites and buy a Switchblade II as all other kites are "obsolete" :roll: :lol:. I've been riding my Switchblade I for a year now but I'm selling it now and getting 07 Fuels instead. Bow kites are great but with their introduction C kites have also significantly improved in ease of use and depowerability.

Also, I don't recall toddjb ever saying Fuels were kick ass kites in this thread. He was merely pointing out that the chance of a Fuel to be a dud kite this year is very minimal. Slingshot have merely been subtly improving it every year, not drastically redesigning it. IMHO this shows confidence on behalf of slingshot not to buckle down and remove C kites from their product list merely because the money driven competitors (Cabrinha at the forefront) are winning the market with bow sales. The Fuel will never wow and amaze riders with drastic new features, but it'll never disappoint either. Riders who know what they like in Fuels will always appreciate them for what they offer.

Maybe you should be more specific about what you think sucked about the 06' Fuels?
Dookz, Len10 will kiss ass in any C type kite and not only in a fuel. I think that Slingshot must pay sh#t lots of money to the young Dutch because if he ever leaves Slingshot they will go wayyyyyyyyy down.

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Postby Dookz » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:53 am

kitesurf-ripper wrote:Dookz, Len10 will kiss ass in any C type kite and not only in a fuel. I think that Slingshot must pay sh#t lots of money to the young Dutch because if he ever leaves Slingshot they will go wayyyyyyyyy down.
No doubt. However what would be more relevant and useful to the topic of Fuels sucking is if he'd perform BETTER on OTHER kites.

I'm sure if he moved to Cabrinha and rode Switchblade II's he'd still rip it up and post amazing videos, but I'd only be interested to see if he was more spectacular with the Cabrinhas than on the Fuels. That way i'd have a useful comparison and I could thereby conclude that the Fuels suck.

Till then, he rules, he rides Fuels. Fuels don't necessarily rule because of this simple fact but they don't suck because they're not limiting his riding.

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Postby WestCoastkiter » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:05 am

Sorry for not being specific. I think they perform very well, but they really suck as far as power goes. For Len10 they work great because he's about 100lbs. with a wet suit on. I'm 190 lbs dry and could barely get going in 17mph with a 15m fuel. I was a C kiter till this year, and I still have and like them, but I tried a 12m SWII which flies like a C kite and was fully powered at 17mph.
I like slingshot construction and the smooth handling, but till they get some low end I have to give the fuel a thumbs down. hopefully they addressed that problem this year
Sorry for taking so long to respond. I was busy on vacation in Cumbuco, Brasil.
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Postby Lom » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:51 am

I am 190 lbs, I can go up wind with 15 fuel 06 and glide in 10kn
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Postby CaptainArgh » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:55 pm

WestCoastkiter wrote:Sorry for not being specific. I think they perform very well, but they really suck as far as power goes. For Len10 they work great because he's about 100lbs. with a wet suit on. I'm 190 lbs dry and could barely get going in 17mph with a 15m fuel. I was a C kiter till this year, and I still have and like them, but I tried a 12m SWII which flies like a C kite and was fully powered at 17mph.
I like slingshot construction and the smooth handling, but till they get some low end I have to give the fuel a thumbs down. hopefully they addressed that problem this year
Sorry for taking so long to respond. I was busy on vacation in Cumbuco, Brasil.
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Well, to each his own on what you like (we clearly don't agree on the Fuels), but a blanket statement like you can't get going in 17mph wind is just wrong. I don't know your riding style or what board you were on. I'm 180-185 lbs. (depending how much turkey I've eaten) and 17mph is fun time for me on the 15M and 17M '06 Fuels! It is known that the '06 Fuels have slightly less low end than the '05 Fuels did...I think they made them higher aspect. Thought being, I suppose, that any difference would be made up by the faster turning speed and they focused on the higher end. Personally, I'd like a little more low end. I looked at my 17M '06 next to a Machine 17.5 and there looked to be a lot more than .5M of extra sail there!

Case in point, take a 12M Crossbow and put it up next to a typical 13M C kite...that 12M bow is HUGE in comparison. Guess I got off on a tangent, but the point is the actual size on the kite is really only good to relate different sizes in the same model and year. Brand to brand and year to year, it all changes.

In any event...as a personal preference its certainly fine to choose bows over C kites...heck, I lot of people have. BUT, that '06 Fuel really is a nice performing C kite.

Hope you had a great time in Brazil. I'm sure you did! That's one of the places I want to hit some day...

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Postby Sea&Sun » Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:10 pm

Best manual I have ever seen. Great work. Looks like a great kite has improved also. I wish every C kite had two oshit handles!

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Postby Carsten12345 » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:07 pm

Just another week to go until i have mine... God damn... i can't wait :D :D :D


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