This right here personally raises red flags for me. I’ve seen you use this excuse numerous times here and on the OASE forum anytime someone says anything slightly negative about your gear in reviews or criticism. In my opinion it’s pretty arrogant and a slightly dangerous attitude. This gear isn’t just for you now that you are selling to the masses(except your willingness to sell to the US). Are you also not going to honor warranty claims because “that’s not how you ride” or “not what you designed it for yourself” as well? Perhaps more of an open mind would allow your brand to become even better.
It looks like you have misunderstood or your want to misunderstand my intention. There is no need to excuse in my opinion, but there is definitely a need to explain my gear, because it´s different. Nothing else than to explain I try to do here and in the oase forum. When I say I have designed the gear with priority to my own needs and taste it´s exactly how the designing process did happen. At most kitesurfing brands there is a design team that has to fullfill the demands of the marketing and sales department. At Kauper XT there is no sales and no marketing department, so I was able to design gear that only matches to my personal needs which is a minimalistic design for riding in waves and on foil. This minimalistic design for sure does not match to the "masses", but I was and I am still 100% aware of this. Please believe me that there are enough other kiteboarders loving exactly that minimalistic design which is totally different from the other gear on the market. Being in the kiteboarding business since 2002 I had all the other gear and for me it is fantastic to see other people riding my new gear and have the same fun with it like I do.Adventure Logs wrote: ↑Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:37 pmThis right here personally raises red flags for me. I’ve seen you use this excuse numerous times here and on the OASE forum anytime someone says anything slightly negative about your gear in reviews or criticism. In my opinion it’s pretty arrogant and a slightly dangerous attitude. This gear isn’t just for you now that you are selling to the masses(except your willingness to sell to the US).
To be honest we do not have serious warranty claims yet. As I am riding approx. 5 days per week and spending a lot of time at the beaches talking frequently with other kiteboarders I test and see a lot. If there is anything on my gear which could affect the perfect kiteboarding day I immediately change the setup or modify it. For example the PU tube was changed to Teflon tube. The leash at the Wichard was modified. We have replaced these items free of charge BEFORE any single customer had a serious safety or comfort issue. Now I have seen that the screw reaches a little bit to deep into the barend. I have immediately posted here and in oase how to modify. Do you call that arrogant or not taking care of kiteboarders safety?
I really do not like to repeat myself, but again the design of the bar which naturally includes the colour of lines had to match my own needs and taste. The priority of the Pintxo bar design was to be minimalistic and so the lines have to be all equal in colour. For me it´s not a safety issue to have different colours at the lines or not. If there is tension on the lines you know immediately where to grab it and where not. It´s the same with those elastics at the bar ends to wind up the lines or those bumpers at the bar ends. These details you can have at nearly all other bars on the market with all it´s advantages and disadvantages. For me the Pintxo bar is very safe for the use in waves and on foil and as we have no warranty claims or safety issues the design could not be so bad in comfort and safety.Adventure Logs wrote: ↑Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:37 pmAnother red flap is by choosing to keep the same bar line color you are choosing aesthetics over function and most importantly safety. Having coloured lines greatly helps in a tangle and have gotten me out of binds in the water more than once. When I’m tangled up in the surf and am blindly grabbing a steering line to keep my foil out of the water, I’m not going to be thinking “oh how nice my lines match my bar”, but more of “oh shit which is which”.
Where else have you chosen form over function?
Do you really see my postings shutting down anything here or in oase? I understand that there are many questions and also many things that could be misunderstood, because our gear is so differrent. So I think the best way to publish the correct use of our gear is to explain in case somebody has misunderstood.Adventure Logs wrote: ↑Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:37 pmI do really want to try and possibly buy one(or numerous) of your pixto bars but your constantly shutting down of reviews which might be slightly negative makes me pause. I’m also waiting for some longer use reviews to see how the wear is on that trimming system.
Thank you very much and I hope one day I can convince you, preferably by testing our equipment.
Hey Rainer, that was quick!
When we made the tests it was pretty quickly clear that PTFE (Teflon) is much better than PU tubes for our use. Especially at hot temperatures like we had Spain in summer the PTFE tube worked way better. Beside that it slides much smoother through the bar hole. The only thing that you have to take care of is, that you do not kink this PTFE tube. When you put the bar into your bag you always have to take care of that. It`s not a big thing and I am really happy now as the tube lasts way longer. I was in touch with plastics institute of the university of Aachen in Germany which is my home town. They have also advised me to use PTFE.
Thanks for detailed review.OzBungy wrote: ↑Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:35 amI have about 9 1/2hours on my Pintxo bar. It works fine. It takes some time to adapt.
If you want a minimalist bar then the Pintxo is the one to get. As Rainier says, it has everything you need and nothing you don't (although some of the things you don't need are quite nice to have).
I am sorry, but I absolutely disagree. Each human is different. Some people have longer legs and shorter upperbody and some have very short arms. And I think each rider has a different style. I see some kiteboarders riding very upright and others very close to the surface of the sea. I think each rider should play a little bit with the distance and see how it works for him personally.
Rainer Kauper wrote: ↑Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:12 pmI am sorry, but I absolutely disagree. Each human is different. Some people have longer legs and shorter upperbody and some have very short arms. And I think each rider has a different style. I see some https://www.kauper-xt.com
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