Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 9, 12m
The all new :01 Moto has been supercharged with forward drive. Thrust is now generated more effortlessly and the kite’s ability to ‘climb’ uphill has been greatly improved. This all translates into an infinitely more crisp and direct kite performance freeride kite with immediate response and control.
To aid with the forward drive, the second version has had a redesign not only in its unique profiles but also in the arc shape where we reduced the coning to allow it to fly faster through the wind window.
The final stage of redesign in all our kites is the bridle. Here we took a balanced approach to allow us to maintain the light bar feel while giving more control through varying angles of attack. All in all, giving a far more refined and versatile kite.
Visit for more info: www.cabrinha.com/products/01-moto
We always think of the Moto as the classic jack of all trades that really excels in the middle ground between general freeride and surf. With impeccable bar dynamics that accompany comfortable but zippy performance, the Moto is up for just about anything, whether that’s slashing lips, throwing back mobes, launching big lofty airs or eeking out a light wind foil session.
Inflation Valve: Bayonet valve / no attachment required
Flying Line Attachments: Center bridle: Larks head / Wingtip bridle: Knots
Centerline Split: Low-V
Front Bridle Options: Fixed Single Setting
Design and Features
The Moto offers up a medium aspect canopy with a 3-strut airframe that keeps the strut and LE diameters on the smaller size. This year the Moto loses the hard battens in the trailing edge and gets some changes to the shape that add some extra zip to the Moto’s across-the-window speed and forward penetration. The Moto comes with Cabrinha’s large diameter bayonet-style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose for a quick and easy pump up. The Moto features a single setting fixed bridle that doesn’t use any pulleys to change the kite’s angle of attack. The front bridle pigtails end in larks heads and the wingtip pigtails end with three knots to fine-tune your power setting, with clean labeling to point out the stock setting. There are two options for setting the wingtip attachment point, clearly labeled for choosing between light impulse/increased depower travel and direct impulse/shorter depower travel. The factory setting comes attached to the light impulse connection closest to the wingtip.
Having tested the Moto back to back against the Switchblade, you can really feel how the 3-strut frame offers more flex and forgiving delivery of power. The first thing we noticed is the lighter bar pressure that make the Moto cockpit feel super casual and comfortable even when you’re loaded up and jamming through gusts or sending big whopping airs. The Moto really shines when you think about its crisp steering response, with turn initiation feeling instantaneous. The steering feels a little tighter with a smaller turning arc and the lighter airframe seems to want to drift and stall a bit easier in the deeper part of the window, which is one of the reasons we’ve always had a blast riding waves with the Moto. The end of the bar stroke offers a good amount of depower, almost on par with the Contra 1strut and delivers a bit more power release than the Switchblade, which makes the Moto a great choice for someone with a foot planted equally in the freeride, surf and foil worlds. The bar feel and power delivery across the throw feels super progressive with very predictable and smooth power delivery with the movement of the bar, and at the end of the throw, the Moto delivers nearly complete depower. When it comes to jumping, you get really good lift, but the airframe doesn’t unload the same aggressive acceleration as you get with the Switchblade. Still, the handling of the Moto is so user-friendly and intuitive. We imagine progressing kiters will have an easier time figuring out kite placement on their first jumps with this kite. The subtle changes to the canopy and leading edge seem to help with acceleration and the kite’s upwind ability, but it didn’t seem to hurt the Moto’s drift and super comfortable middle of the window handling. With tons of depower and good unloaded steering response, the Moto handles the high-end superbly well and with its tight turning and window speed it can generate power on the low-end.
If you had to have one kite that can do it all, the Moto has that magic equation that allows it to be the Jack of all trades, single-handedly charming its way through every discipline with its balanced controls and super-efficient power delivery to become the master of it all.
Featured Control BarThe Overdrive Quickloop 1X Trimlight is fresh off a redesign from last year, combining the benefits of an adjustable length bar with a much lighter chassis. The Overdrive comes with a low V in the center lines and the Trimlight system above the bar uses a power tuning cleat with a bungee built into the spectra line to keep the excess slack from getting in the way. The center lines end in knots and the outside lines end in a larks head loop. The kite safety system depowers along a single centerline safety depower that runs down the PVC-coated throw line, through the bar and out through the center of the quick release, for a cleanly routed safety system that is well designed and highlights safety. The quick release features a red push-away handle along with a hand swivel that doubles as a travel guard. When you push on the quick release it remains cocked open, waiting for a reset. If you’re trying to reset in the water, since the gate remains open, you just stick the end of the chicken loop back in and shift the release so it slides back down. The center of the bar is aluminum and features a Cabrinha logo etched into the metal on one side so that the rider can tell when the bar is being held the correct way. The chicken finger is a molded plastic piece and is removable with an Allen screw for those that are doing freestyle. The bar ends feature integrated molded foam floats, ample space for cleanly wrapping your lines and a bungee for keeping your lines cleanly stowed. The adjustable bar length system can be changed on the beach by pulling out a plastic insert from the bottom of the bar end and rotating it to change the effective length of the bar. When you pull out the insert, you also get three knots to adjust the length of the outside lines. This feature is easy to use and creates a smaller, cleaner and lighter bar end.
The ergonomics of the bar grip feature asymmetrical bumps that nestle between your fingers with firm EVA that has the right balance between plush comfort and firmness with small textured indentations. The rubbery bumps on the top make the bar feel grippy, so it feels like your hand is pretty well planted on this nice comfy grip. Overall, the Trimlight 1x has evolved into a streamlined design with lower weight while keeping a key mix of functional and safety-oriented features for a very comfortable but versatile control experience.
Visit for more info on the bar: www.cabrinha.com/collections/bars/products/overdrive-1x-with-trimlite
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