8/7/12: Ah, Kreis (Part 1)
Today we’re going over one of the most frustrating wheels I’ve ever dealt with, Kreis. Kreis is infamous for being wholly useless, but for the love of god its gimmick is cool and it has some decent weight going for it. We’ll be trying a bunch of stuff to see if we can find ANYTHING it might be good at.
In this post I’m going to cover the properties of Kreis, and in my next post I’ll talk about my random testing with it. I want to get the weights and “modes” out of the way so that my post with the random testing is a little shorter/more understandable.
I’m not going to bother weighing 145 and WD since, well, they’re 145 and WD.
So, what these weights are telling me is that Kreis is very evenly distributed in its weight, as it has just as much mass in the center as it does in its ring. As I’ve mentioned before, even weight distribution is not a good thing, so that’s one mark against Kreis already.
So, Kreis has two modes, but they aren’t labeled. Kreis’s core is not circularly distributed; rather, it has a little more weight focused on the sides perpendicular to the bar that holds the clear wheel. Furthermore, Kreis’s ring is an oval shape, not a circle.
Because you can put Kreis’s ring on the core in one of four orientations (though due to symmetry there are really only two orientations), you can achieve different modes with Kreis. This is because when Kreis spins, its ring will naturally want to be rotated as far left as it can due to its inertia. This causes the extra weight that is focused on the outside of the ring’s oval to orient itself over the core in one of to ways, either on the side with more or less metal.
I’m going to give the modes UNOFFICIAL names based on where the long parts of the oval shape are focused when the ring is rotated as far left as it will go:
“Long” mode is where the long part of the oval is perpendicular to the clear wheel bar.
“Short” mode is where the long part of the oval is parallel to the clear wheel bar.
I’ll be testing both “modes” extensively to see if they affect Kreis’s performance significantly.
All right, time to start testing.