MY BAR FOR WAVE, FOIL & FREERIDE
SIMPLE - LIGHT - SAFE
Big floaters or chunky bumpers at the bar ends you will not find on my bar. I focused on the essentials because I do not want to concentrate on the bar while riding. Everything that is superfluous I just leave it beside, but always with 100% focus of the full functionality. Less is really more in the end!
Following to the principle of my product philosophy my bar must be pretty light. Most bars on the market weigh complete setup between 900 and 1400 gr including lines and quickrelease. My bar only weighs sensational 432 grams in 52cm width with the same equipment. If you think that you do not notice this much lower weight when riding this bar anyway I can only advise that you never to try such a light bar, because there is an increased addictive potential!
While riding nothing should hang around or dangle in which I could get tangled. I want to have the full safety and comfort at all times. Therefore my bar has a single frontline safety which is activated by a central push-away quick release and an adjuster which is integrated into the bar and laterally adjustable. How this works exactly I explain further down on the page. The quickrelease is kept small, but grippy and clearly visible. I often ride in waves so it's also very important to me that I can seperate me from the entire bar system with just a single release. I explain the advantages of that further down on the page.
"It was a long way to design a completely new bar test it and get it ready for serial production, but that's exactly how my bar should look like."
Bar-Tube made of Carbon
In my view it does not make any sense why a bar is built from raw materials that are heavy on one hand and on the other hand never completely free of problems in salt water. Therefore I have decided to take a bar made of carbon fiber tube. This carbon tube is industrially manufactured in very precise moulds made of metal and has tolerances of less than 1/100 mm. The majority of the carbon fibers are longitudinally oriented for maximum rigidity and breaking load. The outer layer holds the underlying fibers together and gives the whole construction a special solid statics. Due to the much higher fiber content in the laminate such an industrially manufactured carbon bar is much more stable and with only 96 gr much lighter than a hand-laminated bar where usually too much resin is in the laminate. The carbon surface is sanded so always very grippy and never feels cold. It has no EVA-grip which sometimes likes to peel off, or looks ugly after a short time in use.
At my pintxo bar I prefer to trim the adjuster over both backlines rather than the frontlines as usual. This adjuster I have integrated into the bar which makes my bar system much tidier and I get nowhere tangled, or can hook undesired. There is only very little pull on the backlines compared to the frontlines which makes the handling of the adjuster much easier now. The adjuster is located at the right end of the bar and is always easy to reach even with shorter arms. The adjuster also has an especially large adjustment range of 15cm so that even with very large kites enough way is available. The adjustment takes place in 3cm steps as you can clearly see on the left in the video. Simply pull the adjuster line out of the right end of the bar and let a knot at the desired position lock again at the end of the bar. This is done by simply letting go of the adjuster line.
Anyone who likes kiting in the waves like me and has already been washed by white water will appreciate a tidy bar.
While foiling and riding the waves as well as during freeriding it is extremely important to have the kite completely without pull. Depending on what you are doing a kite without pull often decides whether to go swimming or to save the situation. On the foil this is even more important, because at the beginning you are regularly too fast and the kite pulls and pulls although the bar is already at the top end of the depower-rope. Most standard bars have a depower of only about 45-48 cm which is actually not enough to put the kite completely depowered. A longer way of depower is hardly possible, because otherwise you would not be able to reach the adjuster, because the arms are sometimes simply too short. In addition most chickenloops together with the quickrelease are far too long thus losing valuable depower way. My Pintxo bar on the other hand has an extremely short quickrelease and the adjuster is integrated into the bar. This gives my bar a depower range of 60cm. So it's totally easy to set the kite off and it makes you feel much safer and more comfortable, but you always can hold the bar even if it's at the top of the stopper. Anyone who has made a few rides with my Pintxo bar tells me about this new experience of security when he gets back to beach. In gusty areas you do not want to miss that once you have tested it.
Today's usual standard on the bar-systems is really good and offers acceptable security. The single-frontline safety has ruled almost everywhere and makes the kite nearly powerless when the quickrelease is activated. However I was always bothered that I can never disconnect to the entire system with just a single release and the hanging safetyleash could also easily wrap around the bar in my view if you crash hard. Therefore, my safety system is clearly different in two points from the common bar systems, because I have deliberately omitted a chicken loop and given a stainless steel ring with two quickreleases preference. Beside this my safety system does not need a safety-leash.
I do not want to compromise on the flying lines and only rely on the lines of the company named Liros from German production. I only accept a very direct bar feeling with my kites and that's why I decided logically for SK99 lines made from 100% Dyneema. The Liros DC-PRO 401 in 1.55mm is thin enough to produce little air resistance, but with eff. 490kg breaking load it has more than enough reserves available. With a diameter of 1.55mm it is not too thin on the other side so the dreaded notch effect just can not occur and cut the flying line at the loops itself. The loops on my flying lines are all spliced in order not to minimize the very high breaking load due to knots etc. At the ends of all flying lines are spliced loops with small flags to separate the lines easily from the kite.
My bar comes in the standard setup with 24m line length. The last 9m are existing of three extensions with 3m length with loop-loop connection. Thus you can ride the Pintxo bar with 15m, 18m, 21m and 24m.
I always trim my kites so that I can ride all sizes with the same bar. I ride the 12m kite with the same 52cm bar as the 5m kite and that works great. I always use two bars for myself. One with 18m lines for the waves and small kites and another bar with 24m for the lower wind range so I have more way to generate power in the kite. Both bars have the same width of 52cm. Other bar-widths are in preparation. For thise riders who prefer a shorter bar for kites up to approx. 8m there is now a 45cm Pintxo bar available. For the bigger kites from approx. 14m you can get it also in 60cm width.
Easy to maintain
My whole pintxo-bar-system is designed that as little as possible wear can happen because sand, or salt water flushes itself out of the bar. In addition the depower-rope is covered with a PU tube. However if an exchange of the depower unit is necessary the individual parts are easy to disassemble. You can do that even with a small Phillips screwdriver directly on the beach. The replacement kit includes everything you need. If someone does not want to do it himself you can also send your Pintxo bar to our service center for this service.
For the light Pintxo Bar of course the matching bag must be very light and simple, too. It is made of the same material as the Maverick kite bag and just as tough yet lightweight. The Pintxo Bar Bag is included in the delivery of the Pintxo Bar.
With the bar-connector I connect the bar to my harness no matter if I have got a slider with ring on the harness or a classic hook on the plate. The release of the bar-connector is done by pulling the red stopper ball towards your body so exactly the opposite to the orange push-away quickrelease which is released by pushing away. This release on the bar-connector separates me completely from the entire bar system. The bar-connector makes the use of a safety leash needless just like the Wichard. The bar connector is included in delivery of the bar.
As a really recommendable option for our bar system I would like to introduce the snap shackle from the brand Wichard. The Wichard is then used instead of the bar-connector. I only use the 80mm version which is a good compromise between durability, weight and haptics. This Wichard releases even at 1280 kg load !!! An almost unbelievable value.
Many kiters had mounted the Wichard in the early years of kiteboarding at their bar, but they have unfortunately mounted small stopper balls on the side of the snap shackle which should allow easier release. Unfortunately it also produced false releases and so it becomes useless.
I have optimized the Wichard now to that effect ...