For people who have had a chance to compete in tournaments that include both V5 and Cortex robots, do you have any new insights or comments regarding their end-of-season competitiveness for the 2018-2019 season? For anyone else, is there an overwhelming competition-related reason why you would go with one over the other?
In super-specifics, what results have you seen in the drivetrains? What combinations of motors, motor gears, and gear ratios have you seen do well (or poorly) against each other? This is the only area where we think the V5 might pull ahead of the Cortex in our design, but currently we don’t see it being a big enough difference to be a deciding factor. We have a 6 motor HS drivetrain that gets around the field well, gets on the platform fine, and doesn’t stall out when pushing random heavy objects. We would only be able to have a 4 motor V5 drivetrain.
Our focus is solely on this season (so we are not concerned with the phase-out of the Cortex or anything related to future-season benefits) and in particular we are interested in the competitiveness expected for Signature Events and Worlds. We currently feel that at local competitions and Regionals we will be high-level competitive with Cortex, but we want to know what people are seeing in other areas.
We have only gotten to go to 1 competition due to various V5 issues we had to work through, and our take from that competition was that we would have been far better off having perfected a Cortex robot instead of wasting months on V5. After the competition, the team came together and re-did the robot using the Cortex system (and of course incorporating multiple other changes that they decided were necessary as well) and are extremely please with the result. So now we have a big, expensive pile of barely-used V5 equipment that we are considering selling and we’re trying to decide what to do. Budgeting and time constraints for a very small, independent team make it preferable to sell the V5 now (rather than building 2 robots for the current season or saving until next season) unless there is some solid evidence that we would need V5 to be competitive at Worlds for this season.
Regarding selling the V5 system - is it best just to do that on Ebay or is there a robot marketplace of some sort?