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Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby ChadAP » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:00 am

I'm pretty new to the sport, trying to get some of my own gear based on what will give me more days on the water. The local store where I live carries Takoon and Slingshot kites and bars and occasionally gets some other used gear. I recently won a Wainmann Rabit Gang Boss 2.0 off of Ebay. It's in great shape, but it doesn't include the control bar. What do I need to know when picking out a bar? there's obviously not a huge selection available where I live, so I've been looking on eBay just to get more and more confused. Between 4 line, 5 line, and the fact that widths are all over the map, I figured I should get help before I spend money on something that isn't going to work very well.

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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby sonny2727 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:27 am

easy
1. 4 line
2. 50 cm
3. minimalist (can see line wear and easy to replace parts and parts available locally)
4. 23-25 M lines
5. Can pull the bar in while looping (if you have PU coated centre line and small hole this could be an issue)
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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby Donniehall14 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:30 am

What year is that kite? If it's what I'm thinking I believe it uses a 4-line system with a low split(where the front lines spread out and go to the bridle). This means most bars will work with it. Takoon kites have a higher split on there bars, or at least used to so probably not the best option (may have changed). Slingshot bars have a low split. Naish, Cabrinha and Switch all have low splits and sometimes you can find Naish and Cabrinha bars on sale. Switch bars go on sale sometimes for a pretty good price.

The other decision to make is do you want above the bar or below the bar repower/trim. Above the bar is easier unless you have shorter arms. I like my below the bar depower, but it can be hard to depower sometimes.

Here is maybe another option.
https://www.wetestkites.com/2016/06/04/ ... -euro-bar/

Other people have more experience with bars as I've only ever used Takoon (older ones and all broke or fell apart), Naish (still use), and Cabrinha (I liked the Trimlite, but not the Recoil).
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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby GregK » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:04 am

Slickest bar IMO is the Ocean Rodeo Stickshift, now just called the Shift - https://oceanrodeo.com/product/shift/

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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby or6 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:41 am

I'd look at to the specifications Wainman give you: The Boss needs a 48.5cm bar, Low Y.

Pretty much any 4 line bar, with low Y. 50 CM will do fine, and a lot are. You find a 55 cm...no problem. 50-55 cm.
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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby nothing2seehere » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:34 pm

GregK wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:04 am
Slickest bar IMO is the Ocean Rodeo Stickshift, now just called the Shift - https://oceanrodeo.com/product/shift/
The shift bar is nice...but I like the look of the Harlem IPS bar better. Its very similar but has an adjustable split point so you can borrow your friends high/low V kites on the beach more easily.

https://shop.harlemkitesurfing.com/prod ... m-ips-bar/

I just wish they did a narrower bar width.

Also. Its a bit cheaper locally at the moment. The strong canadian dollar isn't working in my favour at the moment :(

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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby ChadAP » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:45 pm

Donniehall14 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:30 am

The other decision to make is do you want above the bar or below the bar repower/trim. Above the bar is easier unless you have shorter arms. I like my below the bar depower, but it can be hard to depower sometimes.
My arms are pretty long, so I would prefer above the bar trim.

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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby Jonpnw » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:58 pm

Slingshot will continue to support their bars with replacement parts. Pretty basic system with quality parts.
https://www.slingshotsports.com/slingsh ... -bar-parts

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Re: Picking out a good Control Bar

Postby Donniehall14 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:58 am

If you're looking for a slingshot bar and on a budget check this out.
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/2016-Compstick- ... Sw~SJcW3rN


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