There is nothing unsafe about the pulleys that come with the Monkey Griffins. They are the same ronstan pulleys that are found on all major brands.
The Griffin is one of the best kites on the market. Myself and a handful of other people have personally tested it against many leading brands. This is what we have concluded:
-Excellent wind range for all sizes. Low end power and upwind ability is most impressive when compared to other brands.
-The range of depower is second to none. SAFE,SAFE,SAFE.
-The option of 2:1 or 1:1 gives the rider the greater flexibility in terms of bar pressure.
-Stability of the kite is extraordinary in any wind condition. VERY STABLE.
The 2008 kites will be coming out late November and will include the following changes:
-An optional 2nd bridal will be available to make the kite fly more like a hybrid/C-shape. The standard bridal will be the same as this year with one change. The high wear areas of the bridal will come with a thicker replaceable spectra line. No more having to replace entire bridal pieces, only one short length of line that can be obtained from any shop.
-More reinforcement in the construction of the kite.
-The bar will have less bar pressure in the 2:1 setting.
-There will be an optional swivel for the center line available for the bar.
-Optional segmented lines will be available for the bar.
Overall the 2008 Griffin will have the same great performance, range and safety as the 2007 Griffin. The greatest change is that the rider will have more flexibility and options with the kite. This will give you the performance and feel you are looking for. ThereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s nothing standard about the 2008 Monkey Griffin!