athen wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:48 am
are nowadays the BARS almost all really adaptable to fly any kind of LEI kite? or is it still not entirely true?
Unfortunately it's still not true.
Companies like Core and Duotone still have c-bars with dedicated high-Y front lines that are generally not compatible with other brands of kites that are designed for low-V front lines. It's not saying you can't use them, but YMMV with performance gain or loss. Usually it's more common to have a loss in performance.
However like already mentioned, some companies like Duotone, F-One, and Liquid Force offer bars that are now convertible for both high-Y or low-V front lines and will generally work well on other brands.
The only thing to be aware of is the depower throw can vary between brands (usually not by much) and are not adjustable on the PU tube covered versions, so this could have an adverse affect with other kites that are not designed around these bars. Once again YMMV. It can be potentially mitigated by adjusting with the trim and the line/bridle attachment points if that's an option.
Now when combining a low-V bar with a low-V designed kite (90%+ of the kites now), most bars are cross-compatible with the only possibility of having to reverse or add pigtails to align correctly with the kite's attachments. You still may encounter some variances in the depower throw vs what the kite was designed around, but that can often be mitigated in the same manor that I mentioned above.