The Duckmeister wrote:Ah, but perhaps you forget that on a bike your "footprint" is only 23mm wide, so you can pick through the gaps between the bumps that a trike's minimum 600mm can't. And that a trike's dynamics are vastly different to a bike in handling less-than-perfect surfaces.
A 'bent racer does not have to be a trike. It can be a quad, and the primary school 'bents aren't going fast enough to have any issues with challenging surfaces, it's only the community and top highschool teams that are, and they should be challenged to come up with solutions to real-world road surfaces. That's the whole point of the thing, isn't it? Think rallycar, not formula 1.
METEC's not that bumpy anyway, it's not like it's cobblestones or full of speed humps and kerbs you have to jump. If a 'bent racer can't handle it, the 'bent racer needs a redesign, or some specification in the 'bent racing rules that says 'must only race on velodromes' or something. Everyone in the 'bent scene talks about experimental designs, while they trot out the same thing every year that's been done 20 or more years ago. How about some suspension? Or even something as simple as bigger tires for some tracks? That would be moderatly innovative and would encourage the high school engineers in training to come up with some creative solutions, maybe they can copy some RC car setups instead of copying 50 year old trike designs?
BTW, trisled isn't unique in the 'semi-factory' stakes, Greenspeed have run a few factory teams under the name Beserk, I'm sure you know them, Simmsey's quite an enthusiast, he made a quad a few years ago, with a beautifully engineered rear diff and some suspension. Very nice and good over rough tracks. It was a little heavier than a trike, but it handled beautifully. I'm not sure how often Beserk gets an outing, they were only doing Wonth when I was taking an active interest (ie: racing with them), I think they're still doing it?