Yeah, I think that color is really sexy, and just looks fast as hell. Aside from the performance benefits, losing the center strut also make the canopy look super clean and more aesthetically pleasing.
Harry, with regards to cost, while I have no clue what goes on across the pond (but yes, your pricing is susceptible to currency fluctuations), I can say that in the US the price of the 2010 bar has dropped from $415 USD (2009) to $375 USD for this killer new upgrade.
The drop in US price is nice, but I don’t think we, as UK riders, should be waiting for the kind of prices we had until recently. Today’s exchange rate is about $1.6/£1. That’s about normal for our 2 economies. It was only when the US economy started having problems and the UK one lagged behind that we got the benefit of almost $2/£1 making stuff considerably cheaper for us for a short period. What we’re seeing now is normality restoring itself. Both our ecominies are in the pan, to almost the same level. We should be thankful it’s not back at $1.4/£1. Ouch.
Of course, the prices for nearly everything have increased, mostly due to the Japanese Yen. When that rate restores itself again, we’ll get cheaper electrical goods, but not kites.