Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

DIY Neo Strutless?

A forum dedicated to Hydrofoil riders
atomic-chomik
Medium Poster
Posts: 191
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:33 pm
Local Beach: The wild west
Style: Freeride/Surf
Gear: North Dice 8 and 10m
North Neo 12m
OR Prodigy 7m
OR Prodigy 9.5.
OR Prodigy 12m
2014 Rebel 5m and 8m
OR 17M Flite
OR Duke
Cabrinha Phenom 5'8
Brand Affiliation: None
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 5 times

Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby atomic-chomik » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:39 am

So back to the "Neo Strutless" subject, how did it work out? Im debating doing so for my well used 2016 10m. For foiling obviously.
Last edited by atomic-chomik on Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:32 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
windfreak74
Frequent Poster
Posts: 498
Joined: Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:16 am
Local Beach: la trinchera
Favorite Beaches: maule region
Style: Freeride,foilride
Gear: switch helium3 7m 2018
skywalker 135 x48 2007
nobile 2hd 134x42 2018
Manta foil 2015/2018
Brand Affiliation: none
Location: Chile/Brasil
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby windfreak74 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:35 pm

i followed the advice on the forum.
flew the kite with uninflated struts.
first 3 struts, than 2 struts, than 1 strut. observing the flight in turns seeing the deformation and looping the kite.you got to feel the kite in the wind.
after i decided which to take off, i took bladders out and tried it again to feel the weight effect and the flying.
after that it was the cutting part with scissors.

User avatar
jumptheshark
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1092
Joined: Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:36 pm
Local Beach: Shhhhh
Favorite Beaches: Nude
Gear: The good stuff
Brand Affiliation: None
Has thanked: 125 times
Been thanked: 259 times

Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:40 pm

What was the best for the neo. Strutless or single?

User avatar
NYKiter
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1994
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:17 pm
Style: Wave
Gear: .
Has thanked: 6 times
Been thanked: 13 times

Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby NYKiter » Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:43 pm

I ended up keeping struts on my neos after I got a cheap cloud and realized the way they handled (and strutless Neo handled) wasnt worth the drift benefit.

I know a lot of folks are obsessed with these kites but for me a quick start off the water is important (for many reasons)....strutless kites dont give you that punch of power on take off...so I abandoned them.

Just my preference...plus I didnt pay a lot for the 9m I shredded....
These users thanked the author NYKiter for the post:
jumptheshark (Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:19 pm)
Rating: 10%

User avatar
PugetSoundKiter
Medium Poster
Posts: 159
Joined: Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:53 pm
Style: Wake TT, Strapless Surfboard, Landboard
Gear: Cabrinha, Ocean Rodeo, Slingshot, Naish, North, Pansh, Ozone, HQ, Peter Lynn
Brand Affiliation: None
Has thanked: 24 times
Been thanked: 13 times

Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:22 pm

windfreak74 wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:13 am
Puget can you give me a rough windrange your getting?
Sure, Cab advertised 10-20knts for the old 12m Xbow assuming a 75kg rider. With 7 struts it might barely fly 10knts… but at 90kg I would not try to ride it on a big SB till 13kts and till 15kts on a large TT, and I’ve ridden it up to 25kts gusts.

With 1 strut it starts to fly in lower wind and control is better. Like a foil kite it’s best to learn to fly it with some backstall technique. I have not flown it as a 1 strut in high winds. The projected area and aspect ratio are the same so lift should be similar. It weighs less so it turns quicker. It is less rigid but in 12kts+ the canopy is tight so it handles fine. The tailing edge is dacron with string stringer sewn in to help keep it tight so it seldom flaps, a little bit of canopy flapping happens near the wingtips sometimes. I’d estimate it’s good on a big SB around 12kts and probably best to stop after 20kts. I don’t have enough hydrofoil experience to give a good answer on that yet.

Some good info in this tread:
viewtopic.php?p=1000877#p1000877


Return to “Hydrofoil”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Janus and 7 guests

cron