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cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby guthrie » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:31 am

I am getting a second Cabrinha bar (backup), and see that their trimlite cleat option is getting fairly common. But a local friend as found ti hard to release while on the water and the kite lines under tension.
What is the general experience with this system?
Do you like it, prefer it, have issues with it?
Thanks.

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby lederhosen » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 am

I have the 2017 Version and find it perfect. Its easy to trim and does not get stuck.

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby Herman » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:19 am

Pull down before pulling out? Sometimes you have to fly a bit of power into the kite to make an adjustment as for any trimmer if the wind is so light that the kite can't resist the pull down to unlock the cleat or move the strap etc.

If you don't have the strength to pull it in powered go to the gym, ride towards the kite or get a multi part trimmer with two pulleys. Apologies for wandering off topic but maybe useful info for someone looking in!
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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby Onda » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:29 am

I use the trimlite bars since long and I like them a lot. Maybe the best price-performance-ratio of most bars on the market (until 2019, the 2020 model has gotten silly expensive now).
No problem at all to pull the depower, even with overpowered kite. Have you heard about the trick to ride towards the kite a bit while pulling the depower rope?

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby guthrie » Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:02 pm

Thanks. I haven't yet tried this bar & de-power, so these are good inputs to go ahead with it.

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby pākihiroa » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:39 pm

I posted about this in a different thread (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2404829&p=1102269#p1102269) but never got any comments so I will try again here:

I find on my trimlite that if I trim out all the way for maximum depower (ie: pull full in on the bungee), then the termination (thick) part of the bungee can get jammed in the metal part where it loops up and around. The procedure then is to drop the kite, apply a few choice swear words, and use two hands to jiggle the bungee free. I am not sure if this is due to :

(1) A design error. (I kinda doubt it because I have not seen anyone else complain about it on kiteforum.)
(2) A manufacturing defect peculiar to my particular bar.
(3) An operator error on my part.

Even though I know this can happen and try to avoid it, I still sometimes get it in the jammed state. When it is already close to jamming, having to pull the handle in slightly to free the bungee from the cleat doesn't help.

I would be interested in any advice......

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby dejavu » Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:56 am

Been using the Trimlite bars now for many seasons and i reckon they are the simple, light, well made and work efficiently. The price has risen steeply over the last few years so look after it and it will serve you well. Keep it in a bag. Don't leave it lying in the sun and sand. Don't drag it around the beach. Wash it in fresh water after every session. Don't let sand build up in the depower line or tube. Dry it in shade, then put it back in the bag. Inspect every 10 sessions. Then it will last a long time.

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby Dave_5280 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:08 am

I think I heard the rope gets chewed up in the cleat - anyone seen this?

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby OzBungy » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:41 am

Nup. 380 hours on a single trim rope. No chewing.

All trimmers can get into a position where they're hard to release. Certain angles. Certain tensions. The way you poke your tongue out. You just have to deal with it. If you can't deal with it, take up golf.

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Re: cabrinha trimlite bar?

Postby Hpr » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:59 am

pākihiroa wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:39 pm
I posted about this in a different thread (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2404829&p=1102269#p1102269) but never got any comments so I will try again here:

I find on my trimlite that if I trim out all the way for maximum depower (ie: pull full in on the bungee), then the termination (thick) part of the bungee can get jammed in the metal part where it loops up and around. The procedure then is to drop the kite, apply a few choice swear words, and use two hands to jiggle the bungee free. I am not sure if this is due to :

(1) A design error. (I kinda doubt it because I have not seen anyone else complain about it on kiteforum.)
(2) A manufacturing defect peculiar to my particular bar.
(3) An operator error on my part.

Even though I know this can happen and try to avoid it, I still sometimes get it in the jammed state. When it is already close to jamming, having to pull the handle in slightly to free the bungee from the cleat doesn't help.

I would be interested in any advice......
What year bar do you have? The older trimlites got stuck like that, the newer ones have a piece of black webbing sewn in to prevent the trim line from getting pulled in too far.
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