I’m on a small, new team at a liberal arts HS that doesn’t have a ton of extra parts. Neither flex wheels nor pneumatics are going to arrive in time for the next competition.
Bottom line is that our intake is having trouble. We’re using treads with standoffs screwed into them and they do a good job of bringing the discs up to the flywheel, but not initially getting them up the intake. Flex wheels seem to be what everyone’s using but we sadly won’t get them in time.
Would intake rollers or standard wheels do the job or is there not enough “give” to those?
Can post pictures in the next few days.
You can try using intake rollers or you can take 6 tooth sprockets and wrap the traction treads around them and connect them to a floating intake. A intake some other teams are using is just some rubber bands stretched onto sprockets.