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TKB Review: 2014 CRAZYFLY Tango

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CRAZYFLY Tango
Sizes Available: 7, 9, 11, 13m
Size Tested: 11m

CrazyFly Says:

The Tango kite is a brand new addition to our kite range for 2014, featuring the Nifty bridle system which allows the rider to easily switch between three riding modes: Wave, freeride/freestyle, and wakestyle. In the air, the Tango feels different on each setting. On the wave setup, the kite has very smooth turning and flight characteristics, and won’t backstall when you ride the wave out in front. On the freeride/freestyle set up, the Tango kite turns quickly with perfect power and moves exactly where the rider wants it to go. In the wakestyle set up, the Tango is extremely stable and provides the most power.

More experienced riders will benefit the most from the Nifty bridle system, but the Tango can be comfortably used by almost any rider. With a four-line set up and very easy relaunch, this kite is a diverse powerhouse while being very user friendly.

Visit for more info: http://www.crazyflykites.com/cf2014/kite.php?id=tango

Our Testers Say:

“Strong like a bull, requires a lot of input to turn but flies smoothly and has good hang time,” Frank Russo.

“Fairly grunty kite, sits back in the window and has some flutter when sheeting out,” Davey Beard.

“Super easy relaunch, liked the feel of the bar and great for all kinds of riding styles,” Eric Macauliffe.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The Tango is a 3-strut medium-low aspect kite that CrazyFly bills as a jack of all trades yet excels in wave riding and wakestyle. The inflation system uses the standard 9mm inflation / 11mm dump valve and solid construction overall. The front bridle has three settings, wave, freeride and wake, which changes the spread of the front bridle; the center freeride position seemed to support the leading edge and get the best feedback. Testers found the kite to have lighter bar pressure, easy relaunch and lots of low end power with average turning and upwind ability. Some testers felt the flying characteristics of the Tango would be improved by increasing the depower/throw length which would give them more range to fully depower and power the kite.

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The Tango comes with the Sick bar which comes in fixed lengths (40, 45, 50, or 55cm length) and is built entirely from carbon fiber and is made in the EU. The bar features a plastic push away quick release, above bar Clam Cleat, single center line safety, sliding stopper, comfortable rubber bar ends and an easy to use swivel above the quick release for untwisting center lines. The testers found the stamped grip to have higher density than most and some warned fingers could be pinched at the center of the bar. Some also noted the extra bulk and length of the safety depower line running up the center lines. The chicken loop was easy to reassemble with a guide built into the design, but closing the quick release required some finesse. Overall the bar is lightweight, simple and functional earning praise from our test riders.

Visit for more info on the bar: http://www.crazyflykites.com/cf2014/sick-bar.php

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