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How the Flybar Works

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The Sum of Its Parts
The Flybar's bounce is fully adjustable. Riders can engage and disengage the 12 thrusters to control the amount of force generated in the Flybar bounce. The recommended ratio is one thruster per 20 pounds of weight, so a rider weighing 160 pounds should engage eight of the 12 thrusters. The disengaged thrusters just hang slack and don't contribute to the bounce.

Engaging and disengaging thrusters is easy and can be accomplished with the shell on or off. New owners are encouraged to remove the shell to work with thrusters, which requires a special tool that comes with the Flybar. Once the shell is off, the same tool can be used to engage a thruster. Simply use the tool as a hook and lift the thruster hanger up and over the cradle sill in the upper mount; then lower the hanger into the cradle and withdraw the tool.

To disengage a thruster, insert the Flybar tool into the hanger's slot, lift the hanger up and out of the cradle and withdraw the tool. The disengaged thruster remains in the unit.

Flybar thrusters close-up
Image courtesy SBI Enterprises, Inc./FLYBAR
The higher thrusters in this image are engaged, while the lower ones are disengaged.

As users gain more experience, they can make these adjustments without exposing the thrusters by using special slots in the Flybar's shell.

While the thrusters do the real work of the Flybar, there's much more to one of these machines than rubber bands. Let's take a look at the other parts, working outside to inside.

Labeled view of the outside of the Flybar
Image courtesy SBI Enterprises, Inc./FLYBAR

A fully-assembled Flybar comes standard with the following parts:

  • Tool and tool storage area - All assembly and adjustments can be accomplished with the proprietary Flybar tool. The tool should be stored with the machine so the rider can adjust the piston or thrusters as necessary.
  • Top cap - The cap slides into the outer shell and six upper bolts secure it.
  • Handlebars and grips - The handlebars and grips are similar to those on a traditional pogo stick. A rider uses the handlebars to control the orientation of the Flybar relative to his body.
  • Outer shell - The outer shell, made out of high-strength, reinforced aluminum, covers and protects the thrusters and keep debris out of the piston.
  • Piston adjustment access holes - These holes enable experienced users to adjust the piston without removing the shell.
  • Hanger access slots - These slots enable experienced users to engage and disengage the thrusters without removing the shell.
  • Lower bolts - Six lower bolts connect the shell to the base of the Flybar.
  • Foot pegs - The foot pegs on a Flybar are designed for the wear and tear of extra-high bouncing and trick jumping. They're extra wide and flat on the bottom, making tricks possible.
  • Piston - The piston works together with the thrusters to make the Flybar bounce. The piston and the upper mounts of the thrusters are locked together in a fixed system. The lower mounts of the thrusters are attached to the foot pedals, which are allowed to slide up and down over the piston. Now consider a rider making a single bounce. As the Flybar makes contact with the ground, the weight of the rider is directed through the foot pegs toward the ground. This drives the piston upward inside the shell, which stretches the thrusters up to 300 percent. When the thrusters recoil, the rider is launched into the air.
  • Tip - The heavy-duty rubber tip covers the end of the piston and provides traction so the Flybar doesn't skid out of control.

Inside view of the Flybar
Image courtesy SBI Enterprises, Inc./FLYBAR

To see the internal parts of the Flybar, the outer shell must be removed. This reveals the following components:

  • Piston adjustment holes - Nine piston adjustment holes can be used to change the length of the piston and the height of the bounce.
  • Friction clamp and locking pin - The friction clamp and locking pin are part of the upper mount and are used to fix the piston into place.
  • Bearings -The sliding plastic bearings support the piston.
  • Upper mount -The upper mount receives the upper hanger of the thruster.
  • Upper hanger - When the upper hanger is situated in the upper mount, the thruster is engaged. When the upper hanger is removed from the upper mount, the thruster is disengaged.
  • Thruster - Each thruster is essentially a giant rubber band that can be stretched to three times its normal length.
  • Anchor - The anchor forms the bottom of the thruster and locks the thruster into the lower mount.
  • Lower mount -The lower mount receives the anchor of the thruster.

Next, we'll learn how to use the Flybar and about the two models available.