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EH Carbon bar system

 

 



Bar trim for all EH models.

Trimming a EH bar is very simple, to start, attach the lines to a fixed point, and un-roll them, pull on the bar tension the lines.

The bar is in perfect trim when all the lines have the same tension when the top of the C loop is sitting against the bottom of the bar.

If the C-loop is not sitting against the bar then you need to adjust the leader lines until it does. If the fly lines are not equally tensioned, you then need to adjust the rear leaders on the bar to make it happen. Read further for some handy tricks to help you with this bar trim.

 


New Bar:

The bar system comes trimmed from the factory with the rear fly lines connected to rear leader line as shown in the image and can be used as delivered for your first kiteboarding sessions.

 


After the first 8hr's of use:

After around 8hr of use normal stretch is to be expected on spectra de-power line, trim strap and the front lines. To compensate for this stretch the rear leaders have 2 extra knots, to make it easy to make adjustments.

So after the first use you will have to move the knot up as shown in the below image.


Regular bar maintenance:

It's is very important that you keep your control bar in perfect trim, I recommend that after every 10 sessions you check


Bar Details

 

1 Bungee line holder 13 Safety leash emergency release
2 Floater 14 Carbon fibre conical bar
3 Launch and land handles 15 Stainless trough bar sleeve
4 New bar rear line trim knot 16 Double 8mm Spectra de-power line
5 After the initial front-line stretch move the rear lines to this position 17 Trim strap
6 Extra trim knot 18 Gray strap release handle
7 C-loop lock 19 Bungee lined Spectra safety line
8 C-Loop 20 Red trim handle
9 C-Loop safety release 21 Stopper ball for one front line release safety system
10 Swivel 22 Front safety release line
11 Safety leash connection ring 23 Fly lines
12 Safety leash 24 Rear Spectra trim line
13 Leash release 25 Fly line sleeve

 


Frequently asked questions - Tips and tricks

Q: Kite stalls and flies backwards at when the bar is pulled all the way down.

A: Back stalling is always related to bad bar trim and 99% of the time the culprit is stretched front line assembly. A quick solution during a session is to pull in the trim strap a to shorten the front lines to their original state. After your session you can adjust the trim by moving the fly-lines up one trim knot on the rear leaders. Or use some of the trim tricks described in this Q&A .


Q: How do I check if my rear kite bridles are still in trim, I call this the full power test

A: You will need a friend to help hold you down. First assure that your bar is in perfect trim. Fly the kite to zenith. Grab the rear lines above the floaters and pull so that the bottom of the bar rests on top of the chicken loop. Continue pulling at the rear lines until the kite shows signs of back stalling. The position just before the back-stall is the full power position. Normal full power position,(FP), should be achieved by pulling the bar to the top of the C loop. If the bar was in perfect trim and during the test you pulled past the FP position then the rear bridle stretched. You can easily shorten the rear bridle by moving the stopper knot up to achieve perfect trim.


Q: The rear lines are stretched but not enough to move the line up one adjustment knot on the rear leaders.

A: if you put a simple flat knot in the leader line close to the self land handles you will shorten the overall line length by 25mm. Use this trick only to make quick small adjustments.

a simple flat knot shortens the line by 25mm


Q: The front line at the release side, (ball),has stretched from looping or always jumping on one side and is no longer than the fixed one.

A: disassemble the release system and swap the front fly lines so that the long side is at the fixed side and the short line on the bal-release side. Then move the knot on the fixed side down to even out the front lines. You can also use a simple knot as described above to make adjustments. Double check overall bar trim and adjust the rear leaders as needed.


Q: ho to repair a small rip in the canopy.

A: The key to successful Rip Stop repair is to work DRY and CLEAN.
You will need Rip Stop repair tape, masking tape, alcohol, paper towel and a heat source, either a hair dryer ore a clothes iron.

First clean the repair area of the fabric with alcohol.
Then dry the area with paper towel or "gentle" heat from a hair dryer

Use masking tape to tape the fabric together on the opposite side, flip over the repair and tape of the seam with the rip-stop repair tape. Once you repaired one side remove the masking tape and install rip-stop to that side too. Set the glue by gently warming the repair tape with a hair dryer apply pressure with a roller while its cooling down. It takes a good 24 hr for the glues to set and bond properly.


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