Control bar? That one is DYI, 90cm for flying big kites (30 foot spans) and on long lines (45m). Was for testing etc...but turns out to be my everyday bar, such a chameleon.
When I settle on what works best, I generally make a custom lines with bar or handles for each kite for dirt. I can get nice bright orange climax spectra cheap.
The AURORA has taught me that my bar was not up to parr, not at all. I ran into some pretty humbling problems real fast that needed correction:
1. The QR would not release in some situations or would fall apart (rope loop with pin arrangement, like a conventional chicken loop)
- First went to a ball stop and clevis pin with a ring, but that was unreliable. The pin tip started eating at the rope and the pin would fall out at the wrong time (GGGggrrrrr)
- So I made a new one, a nice solid delrin block. Now it is truly safe, secure, tested it under full load, releases like a charm.
- The ring fall out of the harness all the time, so I made a more secure releasable velcro ring strap. But finally opted for a permanent string that keeps the ring in the harness all the time.
2. The flying lines relative to the brakes at the bar were too long
- Modified for the Aurora, shorter brakes. NOTE: If your Aurora is unresponsive, it is because your brakes are slack! Taught, should spin on a dime, though the 90cm bar must help
- Corrected setup for other kites. Works well.
3. Made the lines modular (15m + 25m = 45m).
- 45m was bad enough, but with 5 lines it is HELL ON EARTH !!! 25m much more manageable to walk out the twists.
- 45m is really nice with my Blaze2s, can get nice and high above the turbulence, lots of room to work the kite.
- 45m on Auwowa is vewy skawy. Aurora is something else, much too powerful and fast. You need a small window to limit the kite and not to make a widow.
- 15m is too short to work a bigh kite like this, but 25m on the 15m2 Aurora is really sweet.
- 45m too long for smaller kites. My ADAM 3.5 or Flux 4.7m will not fly on long lines, too much brake sag. Blaze2-5m2 OK, limit, better on 25m lines.
4. Added an Ozone style kill strap. Handy cause you can grab both with one hand, but can twist and tangle. May go to loops in the end.
5. The depower control is a std aluminium cleat on the chicken loop line.
- I have the rope from the chicken loop running through the cleat screw holes, around the flying line ring and back to the cleat for adjustment. Extremely simple and double variable.
- I have a ball stop at the end of the rope, but I am ditching that, tends to spin th rope around another exactly at the worst time. Will loop back simply, that way cannot spin around other ropes.
6. Modifyied the bar to make it easily convertable from 4-5 line. Made a handly 5 line reel winder for extra line segments that are out of service.
It's finally to my liking. Probably commercial bars are much better.