Carbon Kite Spars?
(Sumter, SC , USA)
Two questions really:
1. What is the cheapest (most reasonable $$) source of carbon kite spars in USA?
2. For larger kites, is it really better in the short/long run to use wound carbon rather than pultruded spars?
1. If you bought a reasonable quantity, to reduce the impact of shipping cost per spar, kitebuilder.com seem to be very competitive on price for a whole range of kite supplies. Here's a link to their graphite spars page...
Depending on who you know or where you go, it might be possible to get some spars a little cheaper elsewhere. However, kitebuilder.com specializes in kite supplies and as far as I can tell, they try pretty hard to be the cheapest.
I was certainly happy with the 200 pound Dacron line I bought from them last year, for much less than I was expecting to pay. It arrived very late unfortunately, due to an oversight at their end, but I'm sure that doesn't happen often.
2. Since I personally specialize in making kites from the cheapest possible materials, I simply can't answer this question. The sub-forum link below might get you in contact with builders who have plenty of experience in this area...
In addition, there is some useful information on graphite spars at the following online hobby materials specialist, goodwinds.com:
Contact info is on the web page banner. Someone there is sure to have an expert opinion on your question of wound vs pultruded kite spars.
You might also want to check prices here for spar materials to compare with kitebuilder.
Hope this helps!