Never heard of them but googled it and found "Jel Claws", made in America and claimed to be "the world's fastest slot car racing tires!". Apparently not silicone so don't know what compound they are. I know some tyres are banned because they effect the grip levels of other tyres on the track.
Sorry I can't answer your question............. Any club racers out there who know?
they're made of a sort of EPDM rubber by a company that makes door & window seals for cars. I tried them & found them to have too much grip, causing horrible hop in every car I put them on. I run no-mag, mags may prevent this. They are very soft & squishy, & if I recall correctly, they reacted like silicones when it comes to dusty track.
hi, i found they gripped well when i was running with a mag, but the,ve disapeared into the big parts box in the sky. i preffer to run no no mag as its more fun so i,m in the process of converting most of my cars to non mag. a few ive left mag to run ghost mode, rubber band on the trigger so ive got some thing to race against.all the questions are because theres a slot car club somewhere near newquay id like to join, mostley to find out how many of the idea,s ive tried on my brass and piano wire chassis work. cheers john
Not sure I can help as to what Jel Claws are made of other than they are NOT silicon but as already stated they are very very soft & grippy I am not sure I will ever find a tyre that is too grippy however.
What I would add is that they behave very similar to a silicon tyre i.e. they work really well on a clean track and not at all on anything else!
I also know that they are made to exacting standards and if fitted to a wheel that is true in the first place they will require very little if any truing. If you do need to true them they are so soft some people recommended putting them in the freezer for an hour or two before doing so.
I ALWAYS glue my tires on but if you are one of those macho characters who thinks it is ok not to you are going to struggle with Jel Claws they are simply too soft to run unglued
The only folks who can answer that question are the folks who run the club meetings you are asking about.
Gel Claws make the most grippy and flexible tyres ever made for slot cars. They do not increase 'hop' if the car's been set up right, or made well.
Their only downside is that they are so soft and grippy that they pick up fine dust really quickly and turn into no-grip supersliders in about 5 laps; rendering your slotcar absolutely useless to continue racing. Even if you hoover your track with a fancy HEPA filter hoover, these tyres will find dirt and screw up your racing.
Mind you, if you pitstopped every 5 laps for a quick clean with sellotape you would whack the butt of everybody else.
Sorry Martini have to agree with Screwneck if your car hops under acceleration or braking there is something wrong with its set up, gluing motor and good wheel bearings into place is a start point, after that poor gear mesh tired chassis and untrued tyres will all cause problems (hopping) if you have plenty of grip.
are they banned from most of the clubs that use this thread, eg the early birds meet, bordeo,[sorry about spelling] meet, and all of the more popular meets and clubs on this thread. one more question , do they remove the laid down rubber like sillies do. thanks john.
really? even on a massively powered (NC-1)Ninco Ferrari 166 which never exhibits problems & is a race winner? & forget using these on Ninco track, they pull right off the wheels. No, i'm not going to glue experimental tires (that have already failed on wood) to wheels, "just to try them out". these tires were a 100% failure for me as a no-mag racer & the company that makes them refused to discuss their compound, so i've passed on them. i prefer urethane tires around 35 Shore. Slot.it's F22 & C1 tires are also very nice for me.
i did glue them on plastic wheels on an impact resist boxer if i remember right and on my standard ninco track with mag that thing absolutely flew. the performance got better the longer it ran absolutely no drop of in time even a 150 lps around the 7 sec mark. as i said there gone and my tracks been sanded and coated with latex now for magless running, so i just wanted to know how they run on wood. john.
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