I've noticed recently that my sculling blades (Croker C2) are bending
considerably more during the drive phase of the stroke than they used
to (to the degree I have a little nag at the back of my mind about
breakage - having snapped one when in a quad a few years ago - sorry
I know carbon fibre blades do 'soften' as they age, but does anyone
know which manufacturers 'soften' the slowest, or are they all much of
a muchness, all other things being equal. 'All things' here being
taken to mean storage conditions, ambient temperature, degree of UV
Mind - it could just be that I'm sculling better than I used to, but
then again..... :-D
But AFAIK there's no data collected except anecdotal on how quickly
different designs change stiffness over time.
If you test your sculls and then find a club mate who has the same
design but a newer pair, you can compare.
Here's what C2 says the deflection should have been when they were new
if they were bought medium stiffness 4.55 +/- .25cm
Do you mean Croker S2? Ie the stiffest / lightest Croker option in
shaft construction? This may clear up the confusion as to what blades
& shaft types they are.
How do you "notice" this?
No Matter, you're just stronger and sculling better than ever. [;o)
- Paul Smith