ROLLER: REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAD NO LIMITS
Speed, precision and agility all in one versatile and remarkably multi-functional wing.
Mini Wing | EN 926-1
The ultimate in speedflying
Speed and infinite turns, barrel rolls, swoops and carving. Agility and performance in one technologically superior model.
Be the exception, not the norm
You deserve a wing like you: a free spirit, pushing the limits. Fly when you want and how you want – without losing altitude and even in strong wind conditions.
Safety, a matter of principle
With a high degree of user-friendliness and manoeuvrability, you have precise control from takeoff to a smooth landing.
More about Roller
The Roller is the new speedflying wing from Niviuk. It has an extensive speed range that can be used quickly and precisely at any time.
Its intuitive and straightforward character also provides a high degree of user-friendliness and safety, so to have fun practising all kinds of turns, rolls, swoops, carving and an infinite repertoire of manoeuvres. The Roller permits long flights, maintaining altitude and flying in strong winds up to 70km/h*.
The Roller is an extremely dynamic and responsive 3-liner, which provides pure performance for those pilots able to fly actively. Its low aspect ratio (4.3) makes it a compact wing, resulting in excellent control and manoeuvrability from the moment of takeoff to the most intense turns during the flight.
The profile of the Roller has been designed to fly at high speed without restrictions or penalties. Its optimised form not only helps reduce drag, but also has a high resistance to asymmetric and frontal collapses, pitching and stalling. Due to the perfect distribution of the internal wing pressure provided by the RAM Air Intake (RAM), the wing absorbs turbulence excellently, it brings stability at any speed and lets you fly with a low angle of attack, which is indispensable in speedflying.
This ability to fly at any angle of attack and its extensive speed range is due to the design of the canopy. The reduced curvature of the arc offers greater stability and a sense of total control, especially when performing lateral turns, where the wing remains stable and responsive.
The Roller is equipped with an efficient speed system and trimmers. The combination of the two systems allows an infinite number of angles of attack (and therefore speed) and more importantly, this means the pilot can enjoy more than just top-to-bottom flights, either by thermalling or soaring, having fun practicing barrel rolls, swoops or playing with height and speed.
The brake system adds significantly to the Roller’s manoeuvrability. Brake efficiency means the wing provides a great deal of useful feedback. This permits the pilot to predict and thus easily control every moment of the flight, especially during landing, where the glider’s energy retention means contact with the ground occurs smoothly and accurately – despite the speed and incredible turns the pilot may have made moments before.
* Only expert pilots should consider flying in these conditions.
The fabric, lines, risers and wing size can all be changed to customise and adapt the model to suit your needs and preferences. Contact us and we will personally explore all the possibilities.
Colours: Ananas (Green-Yellow); Hardos (Orange-Black).
|cells - number||35||35||35||35|
|cells - closed||8||8||8||8|
|cells - box||27||27||27||27|
|flat - area (m2)||14||16||18||20|
|flat - span (m)||7,76||8,3||8,8||9,27|
|flat - aspect ratio||4,3||4,3||4,3||4,3|
|projected - area (m2)||12,5||14,28||16,1||17,85|
|projected - span (m)||6,71||7,17||7,61||8,02|
|projected - aspect ratio||3,6||3,6||3,6||3,6|
|cord - maximum (m)||2,17||2,32||2,46||2,59|
|cord - minimum (m)||0,72||0,77||0,81||0,86|
|cord - average (m)||1,80||1,93||2,05||2,16|
|lines - total meters (m)||180,4||193,5||205,8||217,5|
|lines - height (m)||4,88||5,23||5,54||5,84|
|lines - number||164||164||164||164|
|lines - main||2/3/2||2/3/2||2/3/2||2/3/2|
|risers - numbers (3)||A/B/C||A/B/C||A/B/C||A/B/C|
|weight in flight - min-max (kg)||60-90||70-100||80-110||90-120|
|glider weight (kg)||3||3,3||3,6||3,9|
SLE (Structured Leading Edge)
The SLE provides more rigidity and stability along the span of leading edge but also allows full flexibility along the both the vertical and horizontal axis of each open cell. The SLE ensures ease of movement on the ground and high security in the air during turbulence and whilst flying at speed.
With the SLE system there is no longer a need to use large amounts of mylar material to achieve leading edge reinforcement. This reduction in material has reduced the weight of the leading edge and the result is precise handling on the ground and easier launches.
The SLE also helps to prevent deformation of the leading edge and therefore with correct care will extend the life and efficiency of your glider.
In addition to the SLE, we work on new geometry and layout of the internal reinforcement. This new internal restructuring offers better overall cohesion of the glider and incredible stability during turbulence.
TNT (Titanium technology)
Constantly innovating, we always are on the hunt, looking for the latest and best materials to helps us design optimal products. For this reason, and after an extensive evaluation of its benefits and qualities, we decided to be the first manufacturer to use Nitinol in our glider line.
Nitinol is an alloy of 50% nickel and 50% titanium. This technology in our rods offers three major advantages of optimizing the performance of a paraglider, compared to those made out of Nylon:
- The addition of Nitinol rods in the profile has the immediate result of substantially reducing the overall weight of the wing by about 13%.
- Nitinol has two very specific properties: shape memory and super elasticity. The flexible rods always regain their functional optimal shape, even after tight bending, no wrinkles or residual mechanical alterations affect their integrity.
- As a result, the wing's leading edge is then preformed on the ground and allows a uniform progressive inflation phase to take place, which considerably facilitates the take-off. The wing surface is perfectly taut, wrinkle free and without parasitic cloth movements, the glide is thus optimized in all flight phases.
In addition, the rods are outfitted with plastic protectors at their ends to prevent fabric damage.
3DL (3D Leading Edge)
Adding an extra seam to the leading edge on the span axis of the glider helps to shape a compact 3D profile and have better connections to the new 3DP front panel’s layout.
When sewn together, the fabric pattern orientation and panel positioning are taken into account to avoid creases and ultimately obtain a perfect load distribution. As a result the glider profile is cleaner, to the benefit of performance and durability.
The application of this innovation to the profile is key to reaching the perfect shape from 2D to 3D.
3DP (3D Pattern Cut Optimisation)
Our paragliding and paramotor wing designs have changed significantly over time; hence considerably affecting the leading edge shape.
The latest glider generation requires a new pattern design and an optimized fabric cutting process.
The new leading edge arrangement calls for each cell panel to be manufactured independently from the others according to the final wing layout positioning, resulting in a crease-free surface with better fabric tension. We could use the analogy of a rugby ball made of different sewn individually shaped panels to obtain the perfect characteristic oval shape without wrinkles.
An optimised process is used to cut the fabric in a specific directional angle, depending on each panel’s final location. If the cloth pattern is correctly aligned with the load axis, the material is deformed to a minor degree to benefit the aerodynamic properties of the leading edge.
The application of this innovation, together with the 3DL, is key for reaching the optimal modelled form and function from 2D to 3D.
RAM Air Intake
Evolution and constant improving in all our products is the essence of the DNA of Niviuk’s R&D team. Thanks to the new technologies created over recent years, we have conceived new and more evolved and higher performing gliders. In this context the RAM Air Intake technology should be pointed out.
The evolution of RAM Air Intake
The RAM provides optimised internal pressure for better airflow; therefore, the glider is more compact at any angle of incidence and all trim settings. It reduces the risk of experiencing a collapse while bringing better control and stability to the overall structure. Moreover, the RAM improves the wing’s turbulence buffering ability.
Technology, a priority for Niviuk
For us, giving importance to small details means continuing working towards our goal. It means keeping focused on technology as a priority. It means provide innovation and quality to all pilots.
Niviuk Roller reviews & pilot feedback
Just wanted to thank you (Flybubble) for selling me an amazing glider. Please pass on my thanks to Carlo for his advice. Had a handful of amazing flights at Ringstead today and the Roller was as I had hoped - nimble, fast, fun! Its going to take a bit of time to get used to just how responsive it is, so I played it safe and kept the flights short.
Is it wrong that i'm looking forward to the next windy day? :)
- Andy Ward
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Current model|
Niviuk Roller Reviews
I flew the Roller 16 at Firle on another day. The extra speed and playful agility of the Roller made me smile. It’s perfect for indulging in some joyful swooping and twig-kicking.
A few days later the forecasts were for south-westerlies picking up to 14-16 mph on the ground, 20+ mph on the hill. The Roller 16, loaded at around 92 kg all-up, was in its element: I had no problem managing it on the ground – despite some pratting around – even when I put myself in the Venturi effect right at the top of the hill. I enjoyed a couple of hours having loads of fun.
For its size, I found the Roller 16m relatively easy to launch and ground handle, and quite forgiving, compared to other similar mini wings of a similar size.
Having flown 3 sizes of the Roller so far, I would describe it’s handling as precise, agile and responsive. The speed, handling and overall ‘feel’ will vary with wing size and wing loading. In general, the smaller the wing, and the heavier the wing loading, the faster and more dynamic it will be.
I think of the Roller 16, 18 and 20 as mini wings, rather than speed wings. I’ve not yet flown the Roller 14 but guess that this sits on the line between the two types, and could be classified as either a large speed wing or a small mini wing (depending on your all-up flying weight).
The Roller is best flown with a traditional ‘upright’ harness that allows your feet to dangle in the breeze, as part of the fun of this kind of wing is sliding around close to terrain, playing touch and go, and kiting up challenging slopes to do it all again.
If we took the Roller 18 at the middle of weight range, then the ideal pilot would be comfortable flying an XC Class (high B) paraglider. The Roller 16 flown at the top of weight range is more suited to highly experienced pilots (comfortable within Performance Class or Advanced Class) as hinted at by the certification (Roller 16 has EN C without trimmers 70-90kg). This is due to the higher speed and dealing with turns. On the ground the Rollers are easier to manage than standard sized paragliders.
For pilots looking for a mini wing that will extend their wind range, that is a lot of fun to fly, with excellent performance but easy to handle, the Niviuk Roller is great!
Full review: http://flybubble.com/blog/niviuk-roller-review/