Classified as "Class 8 Landyachts", "Parakarts" or "Buggies". They are usually 3 wheeled with direct steering on the front wheel. Light and portable, "Karts" have the scope for racing, freestyle, speed and cross country travel.
Kite traction is a specialized means of travel. Karts come to mind first, but with the demands of cross country, desert and polar travel all requiring custom equipment, having our own "in house" facilities was the only way to go. It's been a long time coming but it has been worth the effort. We can now offer a range of Karts to suit every pocket and can repair anything in stainless!! Speciality and custom commissions are very welcome.
The SPIDERKART is the best designed and "bespoke" engineered "top end" Kart on the market. Its adjustable headstock, rake forks with 360 degree rotation and torsion bar suspension gives a superb ride with excellent traking. !t's solidly constructed tubular stem and frame retains vertical and lateral alignment of all 3 wheels even when massive side loading is applied. The SPIDERKART'S performance is second to none.
Having now been in production and constant development since 1994 their durability and performance has been well proved. The latest models built lovingly in our own workshops have an accuracy and build quality which has placed them in the "Rolls Royce" class.
"BIG BOY" dressed to impress. Foot straps and rubbers, a two piece spraydeck that really works and the "Wolfe" Springback for total comfort. Hours of fun and who cares about the wet!
New addition to our "fleet" the "8" is a quality build 1mtr axle "Class 8" Parakart (hence the "8") Light and nicely "breakdownable"! it does not suffer in the "stiffness" department due to it's solid axle/side arm connectors.
Adjustable torsion strap, keeps the back away from the axle.
Solid forks with re-enforced pegs, The headstock is unusual being inside the stem, a nice touch being the "tagged" headstock bolt which turns with the forks so as to truly run on the nylon housings. A sneaky adaption of the SPIDERKART'S coned headstock has been applied to the steering shaft lock nut. This has resulted in a headstock with the ability to run stiff and have a degree of wear take up built in.
That is the question, We offer a nice two piece "Spraydeck" which will suit a bum like your's just fine Sir. And whilst were at it, how about a nice pair of padded pegs with stand up straps and a nice comfy "Springback" to lean back and hang your hat onto?.. or how about the ultimate, the totally sussed "Compression Sac"? Now your cooking!
Made from 7oz black PU coated nylon this custom bag fits the SPIDERKART with a minimum breakdown. The front wheel is removed from the forks. The stem is unbolted from the torsion bar and the rear wheels removed. The LAZY SACK is then loaded starting with two of the wheels, then the stem, followed by frame and third wheel. The whole package is then secured with cross straps. The torsion bar is then attached to the inside of the Sack at a point that corresponds to the handle on the outside. This way all the weight is suspended from the kart itself rather than the sack.
The MODULUS can remain on the axle and the other items required for bugging are packed around the kart.
Adjustable for different size feet, these are not recommended for novices. Once the ejection stage of the learning process is passed, the use of Footstraps is a logical next step. They mean that the chance of losing a foothold on rough ground or at speed is reduced. Much has been made of the dangers of using Footstraps. There are just as many reasons why its dangerous without them. Certainly there is a chance of being caught in the straps when a clean release is preferable. To make getting in and out of the straps easy and to reduce the chances of an inadvertent "lock in", our straps are a stiff, wide fitting "stand up" design. We suggest that the straps are worn loose and the feet twisted to lock in when required.
Made of 7oz black PU coated nylon, the two piece spraydeck fits under the seat pan of the SPIDERKART and SPIDER8 and extends along the stem to effectively catch the majority of spray and crud coming off the front wheel. A dry bum is a happy bum!
All the wheels we supply are high quality British made. The hubs are plastic which is the best choice in wet and corrosive (salt) environments. They are light and have been well proven. We offer a number of hub set ups. The hubs are fitted with lathed out plastic housings, the bearings push fit in these. Plastic housings are easily replaceable, hubs are not.
The tyres are 4 ply, which means that they inflate to a higher pressure than 2 ply. They are marginally heavier than 2 ply (340 grams compared to 295 grams each), but distort less when under side loading typical of those found in Parakarting, especially upwind courses.
We offer a number of options here, double sealed is a good choice for parakarting. The rolling resistance is greater than non sealed but they last longer. There are 2 bearings in each wheel.
6201 2RS BEARINGS are the regular type. These are cheap and reasonable for most applications. They are not designed for high side loading. This makes the bearings wear quickly and crank open. This subsequently allows dirt, sand and water to get in, reducing their working life considerably. The trick is to remember we don't run on petrol, we run on bearings! Always have a pack or three? handy.
ANGULAR BEARINGS give much better performance and a long working life. Designed to take vector loadings, they improve upwind performance and rolling through the gybes. They are double sealed for added protection against dirt and sand etc. Compromise set ups with one ordinary and one angular give reasonable results but best performance is with 2 angular bearings per wheel. The front wheel's side loading is much less, so standard bearings can be used to save money, but at the expense of interchangeability.
The Julian Wolfe Patrick designed "Springback" provides support for the Pilot's back and makes prolonged Parakarting much more comfortable. We recommend it for Pilots who are improving or intermediate since leaving the buggy backwards is so popular with novices! The COMPRESSION SACK uses the Springback to support and attach to the buggy.
This is the means with which the SPRINGBACK is attached to the buggy. There is a slot to take the end of the backrest. This means that the SPRINGBACK can be removed and dropped into the seat to help when packing down etc. The fact that the SPRINGBACK pivots from the axle also means that the it can be collapsed forward. Useful for securing a canopy when it has been "quick packed" into the seat pan and for loading into boots etc.
The adjustable headstock gives the Pilot the option of "damping" from very loose to super stiff with just a turn of the headstock boss. This feature means that when beating or at high speeds on rough surfaces. The steering can be set stiff, to gain stability and reduce the dreaded speed wobbles. With the headstock set loose, slalom and radical gybing become effortless. The steering shaft loads onto two cones which eliminates headstock knock forever! With 5mm of wear gap built into the headstock and just 1 mm of wear on our own well abused and used six year old Spiderkart!. We can guess-tea?-mate that Spiderkarts will not "knock" for over 30 years!
This is a good (or should we say bad!) example of vertical and lateral mis- alignment due to side loading on a flexible frame.
Just to harp on about our "over engineered" forks for a little bit longer. The main reason for the "staple" forks design (apart from their good looks)! is to gain 360 degree rotation and rake.
Why 360? The most apparent and appreciated advantage is "parking". With the steering set at 180 degrees the Kart will not go anywhere, not even in a gale. It's simple, every time you park just give the steering a kick, and your sorted. Extra tight turns, the ability to go just that little bit tighter has won many a slalom and saved many a "stuffed" Gybe!
Rake? This gives the Spiderkart it's suburb directional tracking and wobble less steering. With the steering reversed this gives the option of negative rake, which reduces front wheel skidding and makes the steering more "darty". This comes into it's own on slalom courses and gybing in soft conditions .