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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby SolarSet » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:18 pm

F-one seems to have quality issues more frequently than other brands from what I see. There is a mention about Manera EXO harness hook snapping here on forum, I have seen f-one bar metal parts rusting after 2 weeks trip (http://www.kiteforum.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=73763). There is too much choice of other brands to gamble with one having quality issues imho.

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby knotwindy » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:52 pm

They knew there was/is a problem and didn’t inform their customers? Life is too short and this sport is already too dangerous to ride with sub par gear from an uncaring company. LOTS of other choices.

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby tautologies » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:00 pm

Use your finger to check the hole in the bar. See if there are rough edges, or parts that are sharp. Remember it doesn't have to cut your finger to be sharp when the is enough load.

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby stiefu » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:54 am

tautologies wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:00 pm
Use your finger to check the hole in the bar. See if there are rough edges, or parts that are sharp. Remember it doesn't have to cut your finger to be sharp when the is enough load.
There is nothing sharp inside the bar. The accident happend during a downwinder and we even checked the gear before we started the trip, so I can be sure that there were no sharp edges.

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby JakeFarley » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:33 pm

It appears that something at the stopper ball eroded or cut thru both lines. I assume you checked the hardware at or near the stopper ball for any sharp edges. Also, I'd compare the new parts with the cut lines and make sure the new parts won't fail.

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby GTC » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:14 pm

I do paragliding (still a newbie) and I can assure you that it is inconceivable that a company has issues in any of its products.
In kitesurfing it's a different story...

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby Kiterisland » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:59 pm

GTC wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:14 pm
I do paragliding (still a newbie) and I can assure you that it is inconceivable that a company has issues in any of its products.
In kitesurfing it's a different story...
Same thing with climbing gear. If there is ever any sort of recall they make sure to reach all customers. With climbing gear, paragliding gear, work safety equipment etc, all have safety standard organizations set up with strict guidelines to follow. Kiteboarding equipment is viewed like a toy in comparison unfortunalty.

Found this on one site talking about safety standards for rock climbing...
more climbers, accidents, & $$$, lead to more attention to standards
• mid 60s, rope testing
• early 70s, UIAA safety commission • 70s and 80s, research & standards • 90s CEN, ASTM, etc.
research and standards effectively reduce “equipment failure” to zero.

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby swollox » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:51 pm

Sorry for thread resurrection but was searching ASTM on this forum as they've just created a new watersports committee as described in the post above by Kiterisland (albeit in a different sport.... climbing)...

https://www.astm.org/standardization-ne ... s-underway

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Re: New f-one bar ripped apart while riding, what to expect from manufacturer?

Postby grigorib » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:44 pm

Fake news?
I never had a single issue with f-one!

I also never tried one to be 100% fair but for sake of meeting my high demands and satisfaction I don't think I should try one.


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