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#1 Dano

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:45 PM

My buddy just gifted me today a new rev II to accompany my 1.5 std. and vented.
Opinions would be appreciated...

Would 11" handles be better suited for this kite than my 13" sets?
Would i get a substantial improvement in lower wind if i swapped out the 4 wrap rods with some race, or 2-wraps?
You like more or less the same brake settings on the line as when flying the 1.5's?

The winds were only 1-3 today, so i didn't a chance to try it out yet.
I can't wait. :P

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:07 PM

My buddy just gifted me today a new rev II to accompany my 1.5 std. and vented.
Opinions would be appreciated...

Would 11" handles be better suited for this kite than my 13" sets?
Would i get a substantial improvement in lower wind if i swapped out the 4 wrap rods with some race, or 2-wraps?
You like more or less the same brake settings on the line as when flying the 1.5's?

The winds were only 1-3 today, so i didn't a chance to try it out yet.
I can't wait. :P

Shorter handles are much better suited for a REV II, in my opinion.
I wasn't aware that there were 4 wrap rods available for the REV II. Could you by chance have the 3 wrap rods?
The two wrap and race rods are lighter and will give you and advantage in lighter winds. However you must remember that the 2 wrap in particular are a bit more fragile.
Too much wind or hitting an object such as the ground at an angle can pop them.
Brake settings will be your personal preference. Adjust until you find what suits you best.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:19 PM

2 piece leading edge. "revolution equipped" on all 4 rods.
It's probably a year - 3 yr. old model.

edit- it doesnt look like the '08 or '07 models from revkite.com. must be at least from '06 or a custom maybe??
Is it possible i have 3-wraps that are labeled "Revolution Equipped"?

Edited by Dano, 25 October 2009 - 07:36 PM.


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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:39 PM

2 piece leading edge. "revolution equipped" on all 4 rods.
It's probably a year - 3 yr. old model.

edit- it doesnt look like the '08 or '07 models from revkite.com. must be at least from '06 or a custom maybe??

Do you have a picture? If so, I should be able to tell you more about it.

That is one tough and heavy beast then.
At least drop down to the 3 wrap frame for those winds.
The race frame, though relatively expensive, due to materiel and labor costs to produce, almost takes in the best of both the 2 and 3 wrap frames. Meaning the lightness of the 2 wrap and the toughness of the 3 wrap. In addition it responds much better.

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#5 Dano

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:44 PM

I just love the race rods in my 1.5 std. :P
I'm tying to find a place to hang it right now for a pic.
give me a minute. :>)

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:51 PM

Here's my new baby..

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:47 PM

Here's my new baby..

Now that is a real beauty and may be worth more then you think to a REV collector!

That model was first made in 1990 and last made 1996.
You have a real classic. Take good care of it as it appears to be in almost new original condition.
I would suggest protecting it from the sun when you are not flying it. The yellow is a bit sensitive to bleaching out.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:51 PM

COOL!

Thanks John.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:59 PM

COOL!

Thanks John.

Looking at the bridle I would say it was made between 1992 and 1996. The early ones had swivels on the bridle just like the REV I.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:15 PM

If i remember in my reading, the older Revs (1.5s ?) had like a 2" difference between the top and bottom tow points in the bridle. Think that'll be the case with this one too?

I'll know soon enough when i get it in the air next weekend

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:16 AM

My buddy just gifted me today a new rev II to accompany my 1.5 std. and vented.
Opinions would be appreciated...

Would 11" handles be better suited for this kite than my 13" sets?
Would i get a substantial improvement in lower wind if i swapped out the 4 wrap rods with some race, or 2-wraps?
You like more or less the same brake settings on the line as when flying the 1.5's?

The winds were only 1-3 today, so i didn't a chance to try it out yet.
I can't wait. :P


I own a Rev II customized for indoors, and I keep it with race rods, and 13" handles. The handles could all just be personal preference. I'd suggest trying them both, and see which you like better. The race rods are great and allow me to fly it indoors. As for break setting, it is difficult for things to directly translate from a 1.5 to a Rev II because of a different bridal setup, or what have you, so once again, try different things and see what you like.

Beautiful oldie btw.

Edited by Watty, 26 October 2009 - 08:17 AM.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:52 AM

I flew a friends Rev II on a very windy day and figured it would be a great bonus to my bag too. I ordered it about the time the Rev II race frame came out so it was decision time. My thoughts were this was for fun in heavy wind so skip the race frame. Rigged for fun in nice FULL wind.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:36 AM

I absolutely LOVE a Rev II with Race rods, 50# line and the next size handle down from what comes with the B-Series.

Like a little excitable scalpel... Quick, accurate, can run away if you let it, which is fun too. :)

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:58 AM

Jeff Burka is one of the greats on REV2,
He's just magical, flying it in all directions, almost disregarding the wind's direction entirely! He flies it without a bridle on very long throw handles (maybe 17 or 19 inches measure across the gap -?-) with like 10 meters of line length. It is simply amazing to watch him fly indoors or out.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 11:19 AM

Oh, I forgot to say... I like the Rev II with about 6-7" of brake, in the configuration I listed above. :)

Ya, Burka is awesome to watch, as is REVflyer, even if they do pose a threat to innocent bystanders by way of random stabbings from those long handles. ;)

Just kidding, sheesh! :D

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