5-line snowkite bar developed together with Felix Kersten.
Has the option to grab the 5fth by a handle at clamcleat height to self land the foilkite in a controlled way.
All options explained:
Bar width – standard sizes we keep in stock are 46cm, 50cm, 54cm, 58cm, 62cm.
Bar diameter – 20mm and 22mm are the lightest options starting at 93 gram with a comparable stiffness to most stock bars at a fraction of the weight. For those that want and even stiffer bar or a bigger diameter there are also the options for a 25mm and 22mm stiff version.
Line length – we measure the length from the bottom of the bar to the end of the pigtails rounded down to the whole meter. The exact total length depends then on the chosen trim type and bar travel:
650 travel 1:2/1:3 trim – 12m lines : 12,3m total length
750 travel 1:2/1:3 trim – 12m lines : 12,4m total length
650 travel 1:4 trim – 12m lines : 12,4m total length
750 travel 1:4 trim – 12m lines : 12,5m total length
800mm travel cleat-less – 12m lines: 12,1m total length
The wear section is 1m up to 15m lines and 2m for 18m and longer. This means for example a bar with 12m lines has a trim system length of 1.1-1.5m with a 1m wear section and 4x 10m flying lines. A bar with 18m lines has a trim system of 1.1-1,5m with a 2m wear section and 4x 15m flying lines.
Line type – As the flying lines are not wearing on the cross point we have chosen the standard strengths to to be 425kg front lines and 300kg back lines. As they are more than strong enough for even the most demanding riders. If you want even less drag when wave riding or foiling you can opt for a line set of 4x 300kg. All sk99 so they are as thin and strong as possible!
Bar travel – The maximum distance between the quick release and the clamcleat/stopper. Both the clamcleat and stopper can be moved down to adjust the length of the depower cord to you needs.
Clamcleat – Besides the standard sized Clamcleat CL826 we also offer the smaller sized Clamcleat CL828 for even less weight and drag. The smaller cleat also has a smaller diameter trim line and depower cord.
Trim line length – The length of the loose end of the trim line (part that you grab). The trim line is stiffended with a special core so it doesn’t wrap around other parts of the bar.
Loose end lengths:
Depower cord – PU covered depower cord offers a smooth surface and lower cross section (6mm for the standard cleat and 5mm for the small cleat) The Dyneema depower cord has a 3mm dyneema core covered with 2 layers of tight woven dyneema sheeting to give it a big surface area against wear while being more flexible and slippery compared to the PU covered depower cords so you can move the bar freely at even higher steering angles but does have a surface texture so it doesn’t give the smooth feel that the PU has.
Colors – Pick any color combination for the bar ends to create a unique looking bar!
Leash – The seatbelt leash has a click-in mechanism and is stronger, bigger and heavier compared the micro leash. Made for ease of use and high strength as a back up connection for racing.
When you want the lightest bar you can choose the micro leash.
Max bar V3
The lightest and/or stiffest bar on the market. With the third iteration of our carbon bars we moved the center hole to the outside of the bar. This moves the depower cord to the back of the bar, making more room for you hands an fingers when holding the bar in the center and makes the bar a lot stronger as we don’t have to cut into to carbon tube for the center hole. This also made it possible to pick even thinner and lighter carbon tubes to build the lightest bar on the market, starting at only 93 gram!
The V3 bar ends puts the connection point of the the back lines all the way at the end of the bar and 5cm up from the bar center line to give the best feedback and makes the bar look a bit smaller that it actually is. They have enough room to store even the longest lines and an integrated bungee that is not in the way when winding the lines.
Our experience with bar repairs for more than a decade is poured into every aspect of the bar to make all parts and lines last as long as possible and easy to replace with simple tools.
For example the PU depower cords have the line snug fitted into the tube while the tube ends are pushed over the thicker spliced parts of the line so sand can’t enter into the tube making the tube wear out first so the wear is visible,
All splices in the lines are tapered and long enough to they don’t rely on the stitching for strength.
To combat line wear at the point where the back lines cross we made that part of the lines replaceable. On top of that the replaceable wear section of the lines are spliced the entire length! This gives more surface area, lowering fricting forces, and you have to wear through the entire outer layer before damaging the line inside.
The bars are aimed at hooked in riders, from racers to freeride foiling, wave riders, snowkiters and big air that want a simple lightweight, strong and long lasting bar build completely to their desire.
You can select your custom bar from our main options: Competition, Freeride, Freeirde cleatless, Snowkite 5-line. We keep the bar sizes and lines lengths listed in stock, but feel free to ask for different lengths if your option is not listed as all bars are assembled to order.
Competition – Aimed at the Olympic race class riders. Has no flagout line and a 1:4 or 1:3 race trim system where the back lines cross just above the trim system and the connections of the backline wear-leaderline are moved out of the way of this cross point to have them move smoothly.
Freeride – Not just the competition bar with flagout, but also the option for thinner, longer lines and the addition of a 1:2 trim option. The go-to setup for every freerider from wave to big air.
Cleat-less – Clutter free setup with an 800mm bar travel and movable stopper. Can be equipped with a trim system on the back lines if you still want to adjust the length of the back lines while riding.
Snowkite – Freeride bar with an added 5th line to aid in self landing a foil kite on the top of a mountain. The 5fth line has an easy to grab handle just above the bar.
All bars come with low-drag universal pigtails that can be used as a knot and loop. Quick release is sold separately as it’s harness based so you don’t need one for every bar!