BITZ (Mullin Kites)
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Opt. wind range:
3 point Dacron
Icarex P31, 12 panel
4 to 12mph
80Ibs, 30 to 75ft
Exel 6mm Carbon
Bitz is one of new series of trick kites from Mullin Kites, the small British
The Bitz has a twelve panel Icarex P31 sail in a "Phantomesque" radial cut on a
6mm Exel RCF carbon frame. The design of the kite is quite extreme with a very high aspect
ratio wing and very short spine length; the leading edges are heavily cambered although
the sail isn't particularly deep at about 18m. The area around the nose is fairly flat
kept under tension from the long top spreader. The sail is well reinforced at all the
strategic points, T-joint, top spreader/spine and panel ends. The bottom of the spine
features the now familiar Velcro fastening. The trailing edge is held tight with a leech
line and a trick line is provided. The standard of construction of the sail was fairly
good, although a couple of seams were a bit wobbly and there were some wrinkles around the
tail area. The kite has the classy low profile Tradewinds leading edge fittings which are
stopped at both top and lower spreaders. A nice feature was the trick line which is neatly
kept in place on the wing-tips with a hole drilled through the nock. The whole assembly
was well thought out and neatly finished. The bridle is a standard style three point.
As the Bitz is an out and out freestyle/trick machine, we dispensed with the normal flying
around trying to assess the precision qualities of the kite and went straight into
freestyle mode. Flying the kite on short lines, it was immediately obvious that the Bitz
is quite a radical customer. Ordinary tight turns and quick spins exhibit a fair bit of
oversteer, and the kite skids sideways easily. Fast and snappy axels were a piece of cake
and the kite flips round with the nose slightly down, almost as though the kite is doing a
head flip rather than a flat axel On the edge, the kite tended to lose a lot of height
when axeling. Low half axel turns often ended up with a wing-tip on the ground. We also
noted that the window was quite restricted.
When doing 540s and
other flat spin maneuvers, the Bitz once again excels, spins being really quick. The kite
also tends to rise as it spins. Backflips were again easy to get although the kite isn't
very stable on its back and tends to drift sideways. Despite the trick line there were
quite a few wing wraps especially when trying to get it to do "Lazy Susans"
(axels on its back).
The Exel frame
stood up to repeated clattering very well, although in the very lightest winds (below
3mph) it did feel a little heavy. As soon as the wind got up, the kite started to speed up
and in anything over 10mph the Bitz is blurringly fast.
On the ground, the
Bitz is again an able performer with the robust frame forgiving
pilot error. The
coin toss is easy and can be done almost anywhere across the window. Recovery did pose a
few problems as the kite had a tendency to get into a sideways on position from a rollover
which defied numerous attempts of recovery.
The Bitz is an out and out freestyle kite which would not really suit someone just
starting out into trick world. It has a few rough edges which make it an enjoyable and
challenging fly even for an experienced pilot. The frame is tough if a little heavy and
the Icarex sail is a bonus which makes the kite feel tight and responsive.
All in all this
should be a kite to check out, maybe as a second freestyler or an upgrade from a more
basic model for the pilot who is feeling more ambitious. It is certainly not a forgiving
kite, and has a couple of niggles which need ironing out but it has the potential to be
|Limited wind range
Difficult to recover
|Ease of use