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Wheel protection is an often debated subject in the robot combat world.
Exposed wheels are much more
likely to be damaged during a fight,
but protecting them adds weight
and sometimes can actually make
the situation worse.
Over the years, I’ve had bots
with most of the common wheel
guard arrangements — from
nothing to fully surrounded by thick
structural members. They’ve each
got their pros and cons, so there’s
no universal right answer to the
question of “Which wheelguard is
right for my bot?”
First up is the fully exposed
option on Algos.
My 1 lb robot, Algos leaves its
wheels completely open to the
opposition. The big benefit of this
arrangement is that with highly
exposed wheels, it’s difficult for your
opponent to put you into a position
where you don’t at least have a wheel
on the ground. The downside is that
you’ve got absolutely zero protection
for your wheels. If you opt for fully
exposed wheels, be prepared to
replace damaged wheels between
fights. Plus, watch out for robots
trying to take out your wheels.
Up next is minimalist guarding as
in my robot, Klazo.
This arrangement is the
lightweight option when it comes to
wheel protection. This style of guard
is typically designed to cover the
expected angles of attack only, to
minimize the weight spent on
protecting the wheels. This setup is
often enough to avoid severe wheel
damage during a fight, but with the
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● by Mike Jeffries
Algos runs with its wheels fully exposed.