I was reading this post in an attempt to figure out which rev to buy that would be the easiest to learn on. now my brain hurts I had settled on the 1.5 sle but it doesn't flex as much as the b's smaller le making more difficult to fly. The b is consderably more expensive for a starter, crashing it seems like a bad idea. I have a Blast but it is crazy to control.
If i were to get the sle and also get the lighter le and change them out, would that be a good combo?
For comparison I took these prices from a mail order place ... US $ of course ... the B-series with both frame sets, handles, etc is ~ $290. The SLE is ~$200 with the SLE frame set, handles, etc ... throw in the second frame set for ~$55 and you're up to ~$255. Thus the difference is only about $35 ... not really that much in the whole scheme of things. Don't forget that both combinations need lines. And, with the B-series, you get to see John B. washing his kite in the bay ... that's almost worth the extra money.
Some folks belittle the SLE leading edge, so you'll have to put up with their snobbishness if you buy the SLE ... others say it makes a great high-wind frame set. But, with the B-series, you can add the 2-wrap to the 3-wrap and actually end up with a third frame set ... and achieve a slightly stiffer high-wind frame set than the SLE leading edge.
I just went through the same thought process in June ... first ordered the SLE ... then called and changed the order to a B-series. For me, that turned out to be the best choice. If you really enjoy the sport, one is not going to be enough. I've since added a B-series vented and just recently an SUL. If I could only buy two kites, I'd order the vented B-series and the SUL ... that would effectively cover most of the wind speeds in this area.
If my initial learning process didn't break any of the standard 1/4 inch leading edges, you probably can expect not to have any problems. Just don't fly over rocks, concrete, asphalt, etc and you'll be okay with the standard leading edges.
One thing I've noticed is if you put three kite flyers in a room and ask them a question, you'll get four different answers. Listen to them all, make up your own mind, and then enjoy ... you really can't make a poor choice.
Cheers and good luck,