Archive for the ‘Prototyping’ Category

Prototype Pro Series Rotor spy shot.

July 2nd2012

Prototype Pro Series action.

It was a busy weekend, but we’re now wrapping up the first set of prototype Pro Series Rotors. Next up, double disc grinding, then they’ll be ready for Glen Helen. Be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post for more rotor details.

Just a little prototype machining action for your Sunday pleasure.

July 1st2012

Another pass on our prototype Pro Series Rotor.

We’re hard at work this weekend, continuing to dive into prototyping our next generation Ultra4 rotor. This all started back with Brad Lovell’s Pro Light, where we prototyped a heat-treated, stainless steel, double disc ground 1/4″ thick rotor. Essentially, an over the top performance rotor that to date, has helped power Brad to two TORC 1st place finishes this year alone, most recently at Crandon. As exciting as this rotor design was, we skipped calculating the costs as in the end, it would likely not make financial sense for an Ultra4. Sure, it works well, but that doesn’t mean another version couldn’t performance just as well at a fraction of the cost.

And now we enter this weekend. Above, you’re getting a glimpse at what we envision our upcoming Ultra4 Pro Series Rotor to be. Steel construction just like our current large diameter brake rotors, but with a new less aggressive, but arguably more effective, combination hole and partial depth slot pattern, finished off with true double disc grinding just as we had done with Brad. In the end, the extra manufacturing will add some cost to our traditional rotor, but it should be reasonable and affordable, especially considering the added advantages for the now blended mix of Ultra4 terrains.

The set we’re finishing up now will go under Jason Scherer’s IFS racer for testing at Glen Helen on July 21st. We’re confident they will performance as well as expected, but in the end Jason’s racer will be the evidence of that.

Another prototype IFS housing has left the building.

June 11th2012

Another prototype IFS housing has left the building. by Thomas Kingston (Spidertrax) on 500px.com

Just another step closer in making this product a reality. Happy Monday!

Busy, busy, busy.

May 23rd2012

Busy, busy, busy. by Thomas Kingston (Spidertrax) on 500px.com

Working on a few new products, filling up our chip bin faster than ever. Details coming soon.

A little more prototype action; IFS bulk heads.

May 17th2012

A little more prototype action; IFS bulk heads. by Thomas Kingston (Spidertrax) on 500px.com

The prototyping continues, as we CNC machine a few extra IFS bulk heads this morning. CNC machining these bulk heads, instead of using just a flat plate, is the secret behind how we’re able to package a shaft bearing over 20% larger than the competition. All right, then, back to work.