Nucleon WRC is the essence of reflex profile in a new costume, applying Flexi Edge technology. The paraglider is designed both for recreational flyers and record/trophy hunters. Fast and agile like none other in its class. Perfect inflation and launch.
This is a top drawer gear; the canopy is stable and safe both when flown at minimal and top speeds, with effective speedsystem and trims, precise steering and great agility. It is built to last, so that enormous forces generated in intensive use will not distort the profile over time.
Minor changes in design (like increased arc) caused the wing to be more agile. Special joints between mylar reinforcements and synthetic rods (as in e.g. Hadron) result in easier inflation of the canopy and increased stability of the leading edge. The paraglider launches easily and smoothly rises over your head.
Speed ranges have been slightly widened too. Another news is the ALC+ (improved ALC steering system) – it is more effective and balanced, so that steering appears to be smoother.
Despite rather minor changes, Nucleon WRC is not covered by the standard version certificates. Therefore all pilots caring for certified paragliders should stay by original Nucleon, which remains in regular, serial production.
After longish testing of the Nucleons WRC (with FET technology) it turned out that relatively minor modifications resulted in surprisingly good effects. A paraglider originally planned for the competitors remained pretty similar to classic Nucleon in terms of safety and stability, with considerable improvement of agility, top speed and launch behaviour.
Thus all those deeming better flying Nucleon more important than having a certificate, should consider obtaining the WRC version (note: this is not a competitor-only paraglider!). ActuaIly it’s so good, that for the time being we do not plan on a Nucleon 2 at all. And since naming the WRC a ‘Nucleon 2’ would be excessive (it does not differ enough), we stick to the Nucleon WRC. Although the WRC in our nomenclature means ‘With Rod Concept’, similarities between Nucleon WRC and fast cars of the World Rally Championships are not lost on us 🙂
Nucleon WRC is an Action/Reaction wing, built around the idea of linear acceleration (equal share of trimmer/speedsystem effect), and limited reflexivity at slow trimmer settings. As a result we got a 100% reflex PPG sport paraglider with top performance, exceptional safety in its class (not worse than already legendary Reaction), and steering characteristics at low speeds similar to the classic profile paragliders).
The Nucleon incorporates a number of proven and some novel concepts improving flight comfort and performance.
Upgraded Nucleon features Dudek Flexi Egde technology. Precise shape of the leading edge is ensured by reinforcements of laminated cloth combined with synthetic rods, which significantly improve launch performance and protect the paraglider against collapses at high speeds.
Unique system controlling canopy coherence along its entire wigspan, practically eliminating any lateral movements.
Most of all, the CSG oversees three key factors:
– it forms the canopy, so that its shape remains as close to designed 3D image as possible, with equally distributed loads. Lack of attention here would result in irregular surface with balloons instead of flat cells (unfortunately, stil quite a frequent sight, even owing of ‘renowned’ manufacturers).
– CSG stabilizes canopy in flight. No pilot likes to see his wing moving like an accordion, especially as it does significantly hamper its performance.
– CSG improves durability of the paraglider. Simple designs pay for locally accumulated stress with deformations – the most dangerous are those visible as lateral faults on the upper surface between suspension line rows. With the Nucleon WRC that danger is practically eliminated.
CSG consists of following subsystems:
VSS (V-shaped Supports) – densely placed diagonal supports, bolstering each rib on both sides (most wings have only one-sided supports). Their size, shape and placement make sure that no lateral folds will occur – a vital point in preserving laminar airflow, especially at high speeds.
RSS (Reinforcing Strap System) – an independent reinforcement net on lower surface, strengthening and stiffening the whole canopy.
OCD (Optimized Crossports Design) – the intercellar openings of carefully designed shapes, optimally placed between stress lines in the ribs.
The only flaws of the CSG are the increase in weight (about 1 kg), material- and labour consumption, and of course overall cost. Yet it is well worth the sweat, as in turn we get a no-compromise product of highest performance and quality, able to keep its original parameters for a long, long time.
The tables compare some of our paragliders’ features.
Nucleon WRC is manufactured in new technology, utilising capabiities of precise laser cutter. The entire production process takes place at our Kowalewo facility, ensuring European quality and personal supervision of the designer himself.
Upper surface is made of Dominico Tex cloth (38 and 41 g/m2 weight).
Lower surface features the same cloth of 34 g/m2 weight.
Ribs are made of PorcherSkytex 40 Hard covered with E29a impregnate.
All reinforcements are made of laminated SR-Scrim cloth.
All Nucleon lines have coloured polyester sheath. Due to low number of lines we’ve made sure they are strong enough by choosing brown Technora core. In this way rigging remains strong and reliable.
All quick-links between risers and suspension lines are made of polished stainless-steel, with proven durability and restiance to corrosion. We use exclusively the attested quicklinks of French Peguet company. In our opinion and that of many other leading companies these are the best products available.
On the wingtips you can find dedicated slots, automatically removing dirt from the canopy.
Nucleon is equipped with a new version of the alternative steering system. ALC+ is more efficient and affects the canopy in more proportionate way. In effect steering appears to be smoother. System allows for aggressive turns even at full speed, without spoiling the reflex profile. This is especially important in bigger sizes, without dedicated solutions plagued by big steering forces and poor agility.
The steering toggle with red balls, mounted by magnets. Additionally, the ball and line system has been sorted out as much as possible, in order to minimize possible tangling into risers etc. It doesn’t need adjustment. Of course you are free to use just the basic steering handles – with ignored ALC ball the whole system will stay inactive.
TEA (Torque Effect Adjuster) tea
The task of this feature is to counteract the effect of engine torque, that tends to make the paraglider turn in the direction opposite to the propeller’s rotation. TEA balances the torque by adjusting the length of some wingtip lines, and it can be adjusted to match you specific combination of paramotor/propeller. Simple to use, effective and easy to toggle on & off in the air.
ELR (Easy Launch Riser)elr
Split ‘A’ riser (marked with yellow band) for easier launch and ‘big ears’ application.
Speed system affects the A, B and C risers, adding some 10 km/h to your airspeed. Features ball-bearing pulleys (see below) and a special cord. It has a new, thick-woven pattern, does not fray, does not stretch and perfectly fits our new pulleys.
Easy Catch – comfortable speedbar
The “Easy Catch” is a godsend for all those who have problems catching the bar after starting. Here the speedbar is designed to stay always in front of the speedsystem lines. Its finish is very robust, so long-term service is guaranteed.
As a first world company we have decided to use ball-bearing pulleys as standard on our paragliders, in order to minimize speed-system friction. Currently we are using Dudek Smart Pulleys of our own design.
Prepared two levels of the pulley positions let you adjust the system to your suspension height.
TCT – comfortable and universal steering handles tct
Beside modern look, TCT feature swivels, Easy Keeper system (strong neodymium magnets) and handles offering easy conversion from hard through medium to soft brake handles.
EK – Easy Keeperek
Easy Keeper is our original idea to hold the brake handles at the risers. Strong neodymium magnets keep them firmly in place, while both attaching and releasing is smooth and easy.
Exact placing of the magnets on the risers is adjustable.
Trimmer afects speed range similar as the speed-system (ca. 10 km/h). It consists of a buckle and a properly marked tape (red – slow and blue – fast trimer settings). Trimmer is designed with fast and simple replacement of the worn-out or damaged tape in mind.
Suggested trimmer configurations: