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North Rebel 2017:
North Kiteboarding Trust Bar 5th Element Control Bar:
The Rebel 2017 is still the benchmark of a high performance freeride and big air kite impressing everyone from entry level to expert. Its all-time classic characteristics will deliver maximum performance already at minimum steering inputs with super precise bar feedback. Since the beginning, the Rebel has long been known for its exceptionally smooth, stable and shake-free feeling through the bar, which has even be refined.
The loaded 5th line delivers a short bar stroke for sheet and go power and superior direct bar feel, even in overpowered and gusty conditions. The new design update of additional segments through the centre of the kite ensures rounder turning, enhanced wind range, as well as even more lift and hangtime. The additional size 15m will mainly please heavier riders as their boosting machine. Get ready to go big and free your ride with the new 2017 Rebel.
The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which make them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.
The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance.
The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 15m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 15 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability.
The Rebel was the game changer when it was first launched all those years ago and since then it has remained the best selling kite in the North Kiteboarding range year on year. There are so many fans out there that fly the Rebel week in week out and love it. With good reason, the Rebel is one of the most stable kites on the market, making it perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. The kite offers responsive steering, even when it is depowered. The upwind ability of the kite is also fantastic, making it great for freeride, waves and even a bit of racing.
The Rebel 2017 still gives the rider a good amount of bar feedback, offering total control in the roughest conditions. The hangtime and lift offered by the kite is amazing, huge floaty jumps are delivered time and time again. This year the kite has a deeper profile, which allows it to drift a little more in the waves but also offers an improved low end. When you want to rely on dependable handling characteristics in all conditions and allow you to concentrate on the board under your feet. The Rebel 2016 has got you covered.
The 2017 Rebel perfectly combines power and handling to create the perfect kite for “hooked” riders looking for their perfect wave and freeride partner.
Air Port Valve:
In 2017, the Rebel is be equipped with the brand new Air Port Valve. The valves unique construction has several advantages, but first and foremost it saves time setting up. The valve works with any conventional pump or compressor as it can be connected directly to the bayonet insert of the hose. Additionally, the air passage of the new valve makes it possible to pass four times more air than before. The valve is also suitable for both, inflation and deflation.
The new Air Port Valve can also be easily operated with neoprene gloves thanks to the large diameter. Due to its very flat construction, it also prevents line snag. The valve enables fatigue-proof inflation due to the bigger air passage. Even bigger kites will be inflated within seconds!
Size Specific Tuning:
Size-specific tuning ensures that the big sizes feel crisp and lively and the small sizes feel forgiving even in blistering wind. The Rebel also features a simple back-line adjustment to tune it for greater or lesser bar pressure to suit your desired feel. As with all North kites, the 2015 Rebel is built to last utilizing our proven construction methods and the highest quality materials like our exclusive Teijin D2 canopy fabric.
Whether you're ripping apart waves, getting huge lofty jumps, or just blasting around on flat water, the 2017 North Rebel is a stylish 5-line all-terrain freeride / wave machine that gives you an unmatched "connected" feel and virtually limitless performance in all conditions.
The North Rebel has become famous for it's direct depower, smooth, predictable turning, even when depowered and a short bar stroke. For 2017 this year is no exception! Flutter-free wingtips have greatly improved the smoothness and consistency of the Rebel's turning. This smooth turning combined with optimized canopy profiles that are highly resistant to back stalling provide seamless power delivery ideal for surfing. Improved bar feel and de-power in the small sizes means even more comfortable and accessible top-end so you can keep having fun even when the wind gets nuclear.
Loaded 5th Line Design:
The loaded 5th line design, in addition to providing safety, gives the Rebel its short and aggressive power stroke that is up to 30% shorter than bridled kites.
This means huge range and top-end comfort
on those super windy days and the ability to instantly turn
the power off and on at will as you link your turns down the
The new back-line “V” attachment distributes the load of the back-lines on the kite for a solid bar feel and, together with the new bungee system, eliminates any line snags during re-launch.
The North 2017 Rebel’s unique steering sensitivity and smoothness have also been improved by implementing a straight segment in the leading edge for an ultra clean, flutter-free canopy near the tips that keeps you connected and in-tune to the kite’s every movement.
Adaptive Tips >
For 2017 the Rebel features the “Adaptive
Tip”. In recent years, there has been a trend leaning
towards more reactive kites with even lighter sheeting forces
than in the past. Such kites are really comfortable, lively
for wave riding and offer more forgiving kite loops because
they pivot around the wingtip. However, comparison tests have
shown that North team riders and testers actually prefer kites
with a harder bar feel because they offer better feedback,
precise steering and more dynamic turning, which in turn creates
The new “Adaptive Tip” allows users to easily change the sheeting force and turning performance through a simple back pigtail adjustment, allowing you to customize your kite to your desired style and feel:
Whats the same and
Size Specfic Tuning:
1.) Sizes 10 to 14 have been tuned for short bar stroke and a maximally crisp feel.
Leading Edge Diameter:
Luffing and fluttering occurs most when a kite is overpowered, or when it is turning tightly. In both cases, the feeling of the bar is one of vibration and imprecision. Reducing luff and flutter gives the bar a smoother and more precise feel.
Tunable Bar Pressure:
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Depower Control Bar
So far I have been out on the 9 and the 12m, both moderately powered.
The kite has more reinforcement where it needs it and oozes the North solid build quality. I flew the kite both on the 2012 bar and the 2013 bar, this year's bar really does feel a great deal lighter and enhances the whole flying experience.
In the air, the Rebel is solid with no flutter through any redirection at all. There is quite a big change in the flying charachteristics on last years, a fast kite accelerating to the edge of the window and is unbelievably smooth in getting there.
Other key qualities of the Rebel have remained with full steering while de-powered, really simple re-launch, loaded 5th line safety, huge floaty jumps and big wind range.
The first noticeable difference with the 2013 5th element control bar is the weight, metal parts have now been replaced by lighter weight materials and it really shows a difference. I'm quite shocked by how it make the flying experience better.
The bar addresses a few of the gripes I had with the previous incarnations, the first being that it is now really easy to use the rotating head of the iron heart to unspin the lines after a lot of rotations. Previously this was nearly impossible to do on the fly and the worry was that the 5 line would not move freely. They have also given the 5th (or mini 5th) a channel through the new vario cleat, meaning it can't get jammed in the cleat another winner for me!
So have you ever had to replace the de-power line in the trust bar before? Only an Allen key needed! The new removable bar insert looks as though it will be a lot kinder to the de-power line which should increase it's life also.
You have probably read about the clever new bar ends and the new way of changing the line lengths inside the bar ends. It is really easy to alter the bar width with the kite in the air, really useful if the wind picks up and you want a less reactive kite to work on a particular trick. I did even manage to change the line lengths with the kite sat on the water, no more pulling the floats to get the the adjustment knots.
This has to be the most engineered bar on the market, what else would you expect from North!
I was lucky enough to have a pre-launch play
with the new Rebel 2012. This year I have been using (and
loving) the 2011 model so the new model had a lot to live
Really simple, 2 knots, 1 for more bar pressure
(or the same as the 2011 kite) and one for lighter bar pressure.
When I got back on the '11 Rebel earlier this year, the first
thing that hit me was the bar pressure, I soon got used to
it's not to many people's taste. This new feature on the kite
actually works and gives a noticeable change in bar pressure.
For me the heavier bar setting will be used for freestyle
and free ride sessions, and the lighter bar setting will be
the mode of choice for race board and wave sessions.
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