Cefirmeza wrote: ↑
Fri May 07, 2021 4:09 pm
After the suggestions on this post I decided to go for it but got some frustration after testing the foil and feel some instability at 30ish kph specially while riding upwind with wave coming from the side. Felt like the wave could bend the mast somehow. I am not sure if it is a flexion or torsion problem and if there is actually a problem or I am not just used to it.
Anyway, I guess the best way would be to compare it to a new mast. How flexy should be a tall mast like this as new?
Is it possible to get used to it or it get even worse with speed?
I recorded so it’s possible to get a rough idea. Any help is welcome.
That flex looks normal for what is a free ride mast, try holding the fuse at the ends and twist it hard to the left and right with the other end secured, looks alarming, but just try the same on the smaller 91 mast, yikes that is flexy,
the 82cm mast is noticeably stiffer, but its thicker, however the thing with that 82 cm thicker wider and stiffer mast is you find its just not great for an experienced hydrofoiler who wants to push it hard and fast, to jump it, and general just pushing it hard at high speed and in silence, as it is noisy in a humming sort of way, it lets go suddenly when pushed hard, even on toeside riding, and as for hard load ups just before a boost, well that is just frustrating, but back to the 111 mast its still a freeride mast, and others I know who have bought them weren't that over the moon with the feel from them when pushed, and they went back to the 101, or bought the Moses Havoc 106 race mast, which delivers a super smooth high speed ride, but at an eyewatering cost, its heavy as well, I was shocked when I picked it up, but if you ping the surface with your finger its like pinging a carbon steel girder. I am tempted to buy it to gain ultimate stability at speed, but I would want to translate that speed into boosting, and that looks less likely as its maybe too stiff to take a shock hard landing, the softer masts are a bit like using springs on a cars suspension I guess,
its all a bit of a compromise (and i would need to buy a custom board to accept the long tuttle fit of the havoc mast)
its a super interesting subject this whole mast question.