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Poll: Silver Bullet Rods - enough of a difference? (11 member(s) have cast votes)

Would an amateur like me appreciate silver bullet rods?

  1. Yes (3 votes [27.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.27%

  2. No (8 votes [72.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 72.73%

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#1 bartman

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:12 AM

The time to decide is now. Soon my pro will be shipped. Do I take the opportunity to have Silver Bullet rods included or just stick with the 2, 3, 4 and RR I already have?

Would I appreciate the subtle differences in my flying or are they a waste of money at this stage and level of my skills?

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#2 Albroswift

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:33 AM

The time to decide is now. Soon my pro will be shipped. Do I take the opportunity to have Silver Bullet rods included or just stick with the 2, 3, 4 and RR I already have?

Would I appreciate the subtle differences in my flying or are they a waste of money at this stage and level of my skills?

Bart

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:07 AM

its a no brainer bart :blink: :blink: ... Silver Bullets , then you have got pretty much everything you need to fly in any wind
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 05:17 PM

Kites don't fly unless they have silver bullets :P

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:35 AM

What I would like to know is, even if an 'amateur like you' would benefit from them ... where would you buy them from?? don't see them listed on any web sites, Rev or traders?? maybe they just aren't meant fro mere mortals ;)

#6 big bri

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:00 AM

Like im Jason of the Argonauts...lol

Right Place,Right Time i soppose for me and then thers the Ben factor.

Pitty ,i would gladly let them out for a try ,the lads Luv um up here when they have flown with them.

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#7 bartman

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 06:28 AM

Well, the ovewhelming response is no so I'll go with that. I'd have liked a bit more explaination for the votes, but that's how things go.

Thanks.

Bart

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 07:30 AM

Bart.........
As a flyer improves over time and sees for themselves what differences he or she feels in each set up they choose, that person is the only one that can decide if the difference is "subtle enough" or not to make the change.
I know there are not a great amount of Rev flyers in your area to let you try their SBs out, and since it appears you already have each of the other frame sets already, why not get a set of SBs to try?

I also have enough frame sets of all types so when I got my last kite I had it shipped with SBs. However, I was so sold on race rods as my default, go to frame, I immediately switched out the new kite to race rods. Fast forward 3 months to last weekend when the wind at NJSKC was everywhere and nowhere at the same time. I put the SB leading edge in my full vent and had at it. Scott Weider had also made the same frame choice for his kite that day and we were both WOWED! In fact, I'm in the process of getting another SB LE for my vented eyes as I feel that kite for sure will benefit from that type of frame.

Yes the differences between the race frame and the SB frame are subtle (IMHO) but recognizable immediately. I like the race frame for it's lightness and flexibility which is why I default to it all the time. The silver bullets, I found, are equally light weight and flexible BUT offer some added stiffness at the center of the LE which tended to even out the low/high end of the variable wind window that I was experienceing that day.

Ben happened to be there with us that day and as I had said in a different post on the same topic, he just grinned that "knowing" grin of his.
I'm not sure why more people aren't flying on them or for that matter what the experiences of those who are, have been. I will say as I did at the top of this post that a person's individual mileage may vary but having said that, if you are already in possession of all the other frame sets, then it might make sense to get them and give em a go. And by all means, post about your results!

Hope this helps!

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#9 big bri

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 10:15 AM

Well, the ovewhelming response is no so I'll go with that. I'd have liked a bit more explaination for the votes, but that's how things go.

Thanks.

Bart



No, :wacko: .Cant see any Nos

Yes, :wub: :) B) .Rich hits the Mark in his post i think.Slightly more stiffness in the Centre.Depends if thats what YOU want Bart.

Have a great weekend all

BRIAN...

#10 Kitelife

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 11:24 AM

IMO, the Silver Bullets are a "niche" spar...

They deliver a unique and subtle difference in handling, due to the added flex in the outer 1/3 of the leading edge.

Most of all, I think it might enhance spins, axels and tight turns as the leading edge curves down near the wing tips, in flight or under torque.

Myself, I prefer a more even curve from tip to tip (i.e. regular spars), this handles much more precisely and reliably for me.

Many people will like the SB spars I'm sure, but I figured I'd share my personal experience. ;)

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