How many years riding do you have on your SLE bar? I would guess that the majority of the SLE bars remaining out there would be in need of some serious maintenance now, such as: line replacement, trim line replacement, swivel replacement, and chicken loop replacement.
By the time that you replace those parts, you will be looking at roughly the price of adding a new bar to your kite. Bars are only $330 when ordering a kite complete. To me it just makes sense to add a bar to any kite purchase.
White leading edges do not heat up as much and as a result we’ve seen very few explosions over the past two years. Most people who expressed concern over the white LE getting dirty have since reported that this was not the case. You will see that on the new Razor, the area closest to the wing tips are black again. This is where we saw the most dirt and so we should see a reduction in dirt while maintaining the benefits of the lower temp LE.
I have to admit that I like graphics on kites, it matters to me, I was really pumped when I saw the white LE kites come out, they look pretty damn good IMO. The new Razor is my favorite looking kite out there right now and the LE really adds to its look.