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#1 Cogley

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 01:19 PM

How do you think the new Rev II 2007 compares with the older single-piece sails?

I tried out my new Rev II at Nahant Beach near Boston. The new Rev II flaps and buzzes. What's the story here. I pulled out my 14-year old Rev II for comparison; no noise except for the whistle of the lines in high wind.

The flying experience for the new and old kites was comparable, except for the annoying buzz.

Lest you think I am just a complainer, I own and love to fly: Rev II, Rev II vented, Rev 1.5, Supersonic, Blast, and a home made ultralight. I love the Rev II because it is a good teaching kite. Being sturdy, you can trust it to a beginner and not worry about the inevitable crashes. Also, it has a light pull and is not as twitchy as the Supersonic.

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 01:22 PM

Cogley, try extending your top lines (or shorten the bottom) when flying the new Rev II by about 1" to 2"... Should do something to eliminate or lessen the buzz.

Why is the new one buzzing? Only thing I can think of is that your old Rev II's bridle has been stretched out over time.

I'm sure you'll get some other input here as well.

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 02:30 PM

Cogley, try extending your top lines (or shorten the bottom) when flying the new Rev II by about 1" to 2"... Should do something to eliminate or lessen the buzz.

Why is the new one buzzing? Only thing I can think of is that your old Rev II's bridle has been stretched out over time.

I'm sure you'll get some other input here as well.

I kinda suspect there might be a sail material change.
I know back in the mid 90s, they were all made of nylon. I suspect the newer ones might be polyester sails.
Also as John mentioned, bridle stretch. The older bridles would stretch. I suspect the newer ones have spectre or similar bridles that don't stretch.

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:10 PM

i like the buzzing the louder the kite the better .. unless you do ballet flies than thats no good
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:43 PM

Ugh, not me... I like 'em silent and deadly.

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 06:01 PM

its all about how you adjust them. 3 of mine are old, 3 are new. The new ones are lighter though. different sail material.

Ant? Do you have a REV II?

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:46 AM

its all about how you adjust them. 3 of mine are old, 3 are new. The new ones are lighter though. different sail material.

Ant? Do you have a REV II?


We have a handful of the new Rev II in the team and have not experienced the buzz that you have found. Have your looked at the sail tension? It may be that the bungees need a little tightening.

Other than that I suspect that John has hit the issue. Does it only buzz when flying powered? Is it ok if you are flying smooth and slow?

If it is only when fast then I suspect that your breaklines are too short. This causes the kite to "sheet" wind and this causes the noise. You can also replicate this on the other revs. You should also notice better performance if you shorten the break lines.

I quick test is to fly fast down and make a hard, full stop. If the kite does not come to an abropt stop then you need more break, if it stops and starts to go backwards or flips out, you have too much break.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 06:20 AM

Great explanation Stephen.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 02:39 PM

Personally, Im fine with how some of them buzz and some don't. Gives me a little different experience with each of them.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 03:44 PM

its all about how you adjust them. 3 of mine are old, 3 are new. The new ones are lighter though. different sail material.

Ant? Do you have a REV II?

no not yet im trying to make that my next order to finalize my shopping for this year my local shop is setting it up as we speak im going with the vented dpnt know what color yet
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 09:41 PM

I suspect your "year" must go from April to April Ant, somehow I cant see you going till January B4 you buy another kite.

#12 Cogley

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:47 AM

How do you think the new Rev II 2007 compares with the older single-piece sails?

I tried out my new Rev II at Nahant Beach near Boston. The new Rev II flaps and buzzes. What's the story here. I pulled out my 14-year old Rev II for comparison; no noise except for the whistle of the lines in high wind.

The flying experience for the new and old kites was comparable, except for the annoying buzz.

Lest you think I am just a complainer, I own and love to fly: Rev II, Rev II vented, Rev 1.5, Supersonic, Blast, and a home made ultralight. I love the Rev II because it is a good teaching kite. Being sturdy, you can trust it to a beginner and not worry about the inevitable crashes. Also, it has a light pull and is not as twitchy as the Supersonic.



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Posted 27 April 2007 - 12:37 PM

baloo as much as i dont want to im might have to wait till at least october :lol:
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