2019 Cabrinha FX
The 2019 Cabrinha FX underwent subtle changes that alter the way this kite flys. Cabrinha changed the bridle length and the positioning of the bridle. Like the 2018 Cabrinha FX, the 2019 Cabrinha FX has the ability to tune how the kite flys on the center bridle and outside bridle. We’ll explain how the changes in position and length of the bridle affects each of the different setting options.
One of the nice features on the FX is the ability to tune the kite to your style of riding. Adjusting the bridle will affect how the kite flys in the air. Handlepasses, hooked-in freestyle and kitelooping are different categories of riding that all favor a Hybrid C shape. To get technical with each category, you’ll want certain characteristics in a kite. We’ll discuss the optimal way to adjust the 2019 FX for each style of riding.
For advanced handlepasses you want a kite that stays parked and slacks. To configure the 2019 Cabrinha FX to get the best performance for this style of riding, adjust the main bridle to the freestyle setting and adjust the outside bridle to the b setting. The ideal sized bar to have is the Cabrinha Trimlite 1X 44cm Bar, even if you’re using the larger sizes like the 14m and 12m.
The change in the bridle size and position of the freestyle setting closes off the shape of the kite giving it a closer feeling to a true C kite than the 2018 model. It’s slower moving, has more grunt and slacks earlier.
Kitelooping requires a kite that is different than handlepassing. If your focus is kitelooping configure the main bridle to the standard setting and the outside bridle to either the a or b setting. The a setting will cause the kite to respond quicker and will have less bar pressure. The b setting will have slightly more pressure and will develop more power through the turn. Being on the standard setting will noticeably change the way this kite flys compared to the freestyle setting. Play around with the a and b settings to see which setting feels best for you.
The standard setting will feel more similar to last years kiteloop setting. Less changes were made to affect how this kite loops. For massive kite loops this is still one of the best kites on the market. It’s super predictable and comes around on command. This is nice whether you’re just learning your first kiteloops or practicing rotations in your megaloops. This kite will give you the confidence to go bigger, get the kite lower, and add rotations.
Hooked In Freestyle
Hooked in freestyle requires a kite that turns faster than being strictly unhooked and not quite as fast as kitelooping. For the bigger sizes (14m, 12m), our recommended setting is the standard setting on the main bridle and b setting on the outside bridle. For smaller sizes (10m and below) our recommended setting is freestyle setting on the main bridle and a setting on the outside bridle. The Cabrinha Trimlite 1X 52cm Bar works perfectly for the 14m, 12m and 10m sizes. The 44cm bar can be used for the 10m and below sizes.
Compared to the 2018 FX, the 2019 FX will feel a little slower and gruntier in these setting options.
Overall, you need to try the different setting options for the FX to find the right fit for you. Being able to tune the kite changes the way the kite flys and suits different styles of riding. There’s a big change in the performance of unhooked freestyle for the better on this model year.
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